Chancellor Peter Englert elected to membership on the Administrative Board for the prestigious International Association of UniversitiesUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
UH Manoa Chancellor's Office
UH Manoa Chancellor Peter Englert has been elected to a four-year term on the Administrative Board of the International Association of Universities (IAU). The Board action took place late last month at the IAU‘s 12th General Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Englert was in attendance with university leaders from 90 countries.
The IAU Board is made up of 20 outstanding leaders in higher education from all parts of the globe. Englert is one of only two representatives from the U.S. to be elected to the body.
Englert said, "I am pleased to accept this position as an opportunity to strengthen the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa‘s global influence. We are a serious player in the world higher education and research community in many areas," he added, "and the IAU connection will allow us to interact more frequently and at a higher level with our fellow research institutions."
IAU President and United Nations University Rector Hans Van Ginkel said he is delighted that Englert is now a board member. "The University of Hawaiʻi‘s presence and role in the Asia Pacific region and its position among U.S. research universities will be a huge asset to the IAU in its activities over the next several years."
The IAU was founded in 1950 as a UNESCO Non-governmental organization. Its membership includes more than 600 major research institutions from around the world. Its mission statement positions the organization as one which supports "the right to pursue knowledge for its own sake, to follow wherever the search for truth may lead, to promote and uphold the tolerance of divergent opinion and freedom from political interference."