Hilligje van’t Land

Secretary-General at the International Association of Universities (IAU)

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PhD, Secretary-General, International Association of Universities (IAU), Executive Director, International Universities Bureau – UNESCO affiliated NGO – Associate Status (UNESCO House, Paris, France)

Educated in France, the Netherlands and Canada, Dr van’t Land obtained her PhD in comparative francophone literature from Groningen University, NL and completed a post doc at Laval University, in Québec.  She taught at Universities in the Netherlands, Canada and France.

She works for IAU since two decades where she has been in charge of membership development and retention, overall management of the IAU thematic priority linked to Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development, the coordination of the preparation of annual work plans for activities related to thematic priorities, including IAU international events. She publishes on issues relating to Higher Education; is Editor of the magazine IAU Horizons ; contributes to working groups and expert Committees on a variety of HE issues; leads IAUs work in support of whole institution approaches for Partner Network in the context of the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP).

She took up the position of Secretary General on 1 September 2017.


  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government