is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions around the world. Membership is limited to those individuals who serve as presidents, rectors or vice-chancellors at regionally accredited colleges or universities.

IAUP had its foundational Triennial Conference in 1965 and has continued to strive for excellence in the following:

  • To increase the exchange of experiences, levels of collaboration and networking between university leaders.
  • To provide a well informed forum for university leaders throughout the world.
  • To contribute to a worldwide vision of higher education.
  • To strengthen the international mission of institutions throughout the world.
  • To make every effort for the voice of educational leaders to be heard.
  • To support sustainable development in a context of global competency.
  • To promote peace and international understanding through education.

IAUP is a NGO (Non Governmental Organization) holding the highest (ECOSOC) consultation rights at the United Nations and formal consultation rights with UNESCO.