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The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen J Toope

Global network of research universities facilitates networking and collaboration

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is the new Chair of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), succeeding former President Gonokami of the University of Tokyo.

Created in 2006, the Alliance consists of eleven of the world’s leading research-intensive universities: Oxford, Copenhagen, ETH Zurich, the University of Cape Town, the National University of Singapore, Peking University, the University of Tokyo, the Australian National University, the University of California Berkeley, and Yale. IARU facilitates networking, good practice sharing, and collaboration aimed at addressing critical global challenges. It is exceptional both for its worldwide reach and for the close, productive relationships it enables.  

The joint work undertaken by members ranges widely, from groups with a professional services focus like creating environmentally sustainable campuses, to research-focused collaborations around ageing, longevity and health. Members also organise student exchanges, internships and joint courses through IARU.  

As Chair, Cambridge will continue to support the bottom-up collaborative culture of IARU, and facilitate joint working on key shared concerns like climate and global health. The extraordinary challenges faced by universities across the world during the last year have made the type of cooperation that takes place through IARU particularly important, and as Chair Cambridge will have an important opportunity to strengthen its commitment to international engagement and partnership working. 

For further information, please contact the Strategic Partnerships Office or visit IARU’s website



22 April 2021