International Network of Universities

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International Network of Universities
Formation 1998
Type Public
Headquarters James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, US
  • Global

The International Network of Universities (INU) is a member organisation which comprises 12 universities from 11 different countries spanning 5 continents. The internationalization of members is advanced through student and staff mobility, research collaboration and co-operation in university management. Members must have a strong commitment to internationalisation, innovative teaching and learning methods and research. New members can only be admitted according to INU criteria and procedures. Member universities are based in Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the US.[1]

Mission statement[edit]

The mission of the International Network of Universities is to advance the internationalization of INU member institutions through co-operation in university management, research collaboration and student and staff mobility. It allows member universities to provide a richer array of international activities and allows members to share good practice. The INU has endorsed the theme of global citizenship as a common element across the teaching and research of its member universities.

Members of the INU have a strong commitment to internationalization, innovative teaching and learning methods and research. Another core value is to interact with the community in both local and global contexts and the adherence to the concept of students being educated to act and to think globally irrespective of their discipline of study, and be given the tools to play an active role in creating and maintaining a more humane and sustainable world[2]


The council is the supreme decision-making body for the network. However, for day-to-day running the council elects an executive committee which is aided by the secretariat.[3]


The INU is governed by a council on which each network member has a seat. Each member is entitled to one vote per institution on proposals presented. Membership on the council is institutional. The council is chaired by the INU president. The presidency of the network is currently held by James Madison University. The council meets bi-annually, and meetings are hosted in rotation amongst the network members.[4]


The administration and coordination of INU activities are handled by the INU secretariat. The secretariat follows the presidency of the network, hence it is currently located at James Madison University, Virginia, US.

Member universities[edit]

Member universities
University Location Year of foundation
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa 2005/1882
Flinders University Australia 1966
Hiroshima University Japan 1929
James Madison University United States of America 1908
Kyung Hee University South Korea 1949
Malmö University College Sweden 1998
Ritsumeikan University Japan 1900
National University of the Littoral Argentina 1889
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Italy 1921
Universitas Katolik Parahyangan Indonesia 1955
Universitat Rovira i Virgili Spain 1991
Viadrina European University Germany 1991


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