International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)

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8092 Zurich, Switzerland


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.

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