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 University, ETH Zurich, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of Cambridge, University of Cape Town, University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford, the University of Tokyo and Yale University.
The IARU facilitates its vision through three primary initiatives:
- To address the major challenges of our time, such as its Sustainability Initiative
- To add value by providing opportunities to students and staff that would not arise otherwise
- To promote institutional joint working
Resources include global education initiatives for students, institutional 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.
Berkeley's IARU representatives are Chancellor Carol Christ and Senior International Officer/Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Lisa Alvarez-Cohen. The primary point of contact for faculty and staff with questions about the IARU is Ashley Spinelli, Senior Global Engagement Specialist. For more information about IARU and its members, please visit http://www.iaruni.org/.