International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

ETH Zurich
Raemistrasse 101, HG F12
8092 Zurich
Switzerland (english)


The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), established in 2006, is a network of eleven international research-intensive universities from nine countries across the globe.

  • The Australian National University,
  • ETH Zurich,
  • National University of Singapore,
  • Peking University,
  • University of California, Berkeley,
  • University of Cambridge,
  • University of Cape Town,
  • University of Copenhagen,
  • University of Oxford,
  • The University of Tokyo,
  • Yale University



The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) established a campus sustainability initiative in 2009 with the aim of promoting collaboration between member institutions and developing best practices strategies in environmental management.

The initiative was formally launched at the Climate Congress at the University of Copenhagen in March 2009.

The Presidents of the IARU have stated their ongoing commitment to sustainability. Over time the scope of the initiative grew beyond campus sustainability. Each member of the alliance has established programs to progressively improve their environmental performances across university activities as well as building an ecologically literate community.

The relevant staff from each university communicate on matters of common interest to identify opportunities to work together and exchange information.

Latest update: 04/26/2022

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  • Global University Climate Forum 2020 - apply now!

    IAU is partnering with the Global University Climate Forum 2020, organized by Yale Sustainability and partners. Students are invited to apply until 30 September to take part in this unique program and work towards a paper presented at COP26. Read more
  • Global University Climate Forum

    Global University Climate Forum

    The IARU Global University Climate Forum is a one-day workshop on 5 December in Paris during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations (COP21) Read more

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