International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU)

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2015

In 1924, the Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy) and the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Nijmegen, Netherlands) invited fellow Catholic universities to join in a Federation to discuss their specific issues. The Federation was created the following year, and held its first General Assembly at the Institut Catholique de Paris, in which 14 universities from various parts of the world were represented.

However, only after the Second World War did the Fœderatio Universitatum Catholicarum acquire official status. Founded by a Decree of the Holy See in 1948, it was recognised by Pope Pius XII in 1949 and has worked closely with the Congregation for Catholic Education ever since. The name International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) dates back to 1965.

International Association of Universities (IAU)

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2008

Founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. IAU aims to encourage universities and other higher education institutions as social institutions to promote, through teaching, research and services, the principles of freedom and justice, human dignity and solidarity, and contributes to the development of material and moral assistance for the strengthening of higher education


Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP)

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2010

Founded in 1995, AUAP presently has 218 regular members from 19 countries and territories as well as five associate members consisting of regional organizations based in three countries. AUAP aims to stimulate the cooperation among universities in which to contribute the improvement of national systems of higher education, economic, social and human resources development, to mutual understanding and respect among people, and to strengthen their institutional capacity to serve society.

The Association of Portuguese Speaking Universities (AULP)

Current Position: Member

Member since: 1999

Covering more than 200 higher education institutions from Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, East-Timor and Macao, including Universities, Polytechnic Institutes and other Research Institutes as members. They also have Associate Members from Department of Portuguese in local higher education institutions of USA, France, Italy, etc. A Board of Administrators runs the Association with one President and four Vice-Presidents. AULP will hold an Annual Meeting by rotation among Portugal, Brazil, Africa and Macao.


International Association of University Presidents (IAUP)

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2010

Founded in 1964, is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions worldwide; include 38 countries, territories, and special administrative regions (S.A.R.). IAUP aims to strengthen the international mission and quality of education of these institutions, to promote global awareness and competence, peace and international understanding, and to facilitate the exchange of professional experience through conferences, seminars, publications, and commissions.


European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2010

The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offers professionally oriented programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles. Currently over 1 100 higher education institutions in 40 countries within and outside the EHEA are affiliated to EURASHE. Members of EURASHE are national associations of higher education institutions and individual institutions, such as universities, (university) colleges and universities of applied sciences, as well as other professional associations and stakeholder organizations’ active in the field of higher education.

World Conference of Catholic University Institutions of Philosophy (COMIUCAP)


Current Position: Member

A Member since: 2010

Founded in Rome in April 1999; the creation of this organisation was officialised at the General Assembly at UNESCO, Paris, in March 2000. It is an emanation of IFCU, the world network of Catholic universities. Constitutionally, its members are the faculties and chairs of philosophy of the Catholic universities; at present, there are 60 members, representing 35 countries on the 5 continents. The aim of COMIUCAP is to promote exchange of information and cooperation in the fields of teaching and research, create and develop specific research areas, constitute a tool to develop philosophical research, work on situations and problems posed by contemporary society, encourage initiatives and exchange services


International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)

Current Position: Member

Member since: 2014

Founded in 1928 at the First International Conference of Social Work, held in Paris. It was initially comprised of 51 Schools, mostly in Europe, and was known as the International Committee.

The International Association of Schools of Social Work, is the worldwide association of schools of social work, other tertiary level social work educational programmes, and social work educators. The IASSW promotes the development of social work education throughout the world, develops standards to enhance quality of social work education, encourages international exchange, provides forums for sharing social work research and scholarship, and promotes human rights and social development through policy and advocacy activities.


Last Updated: January 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm