Global Networks

Connecting UC Berkeley to the World

UC Berkeley is part of several international networks which enable Berkeley to further its global reach. The following institutional networks are supported centrally by the Chancellor and Senior International Officer, with support from the Global Engagement Office. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to leverage UC Berkeley's involvement in these networks for reserach partnerships, exchange opportunities, benchmarking, and other opportunities. For more information, please contact

International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), is just one example of a valuable network UC Berkeley participates in to further its global reach. Established in 2006, the IARU is a network of network of eleven international research-intensive universities from nine countries. The eleven members share similar values, a global vision, and a commitment to educating future world leaders. Central to these values is the importance of academic diversity and international collaboration as reflected in IARU's principles. 

In addition to UC Berkeley, participating universities include: Australian National UniversityETH ZurichNational University of SingaporePeking UniversityUniversity of CambridgeUniversity of Cape TownUniversity of CopenhagenUniversity of Oxford, the University of Tokyo and Yale University.

The IARU facilitates its vision through three primary initiatives:

  1. To address the major challenges of our time, such as its Sustainability Initiative
  2. To add value by providing opportunities to students and staff that would not arise otherwise
  3. To promote institutional joint working

Resources include global education initiatives for studentsinstitutional joint working groups and staff exchanges, research collaborations, and more. The Global Engagement Office is responsible for facilitating the IARU partnership and raising awareness of its resources at UC Berkeley.

Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)

APRU was established in Los Angeles in 1997 by the presidents of UCLA, Berkeley, Caltech and the University of Southern California (USC). It now has a membership of the presidents of 51 leading research research universities from around the Pacific Rim, including several University of California campuses. As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a of knowledge and innovation in higher education for the Asia-Pacific region. APRU brings together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

Seeing the rapid economic integration of the region and the formation of APEC, the founding presidents’ vision was to establish a premier alliance of research universities as an advisory body to international organisations, governments and business on the development of science and innovation as well as on the broader development of higher education. The vision now encompasses focusing new knowledge on the global challenges affecting the region.