Each IARU partner is represented by the head of the institution. Presidents meet annually to discuss specific topics of interest related to the higher education trends.
The IARU Chair is elected from among the IARU Presidents for a period of 2 years. The current Chair of IARU is Professor Stephen Toope, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
Past IARU Chairpersons: Dr Makoto Gonokami, 2018-20 (University of Tokyo); Chancellor Carol Christ, 2017-18 (University of California, Berkeley); Professor Nicholas Dirks, 2017 (University of California, Berkeley); Professor Ralf Hemmingsen, 2015-16 (University of Copenhagen); Professor Ralph Eichler, 2013-14 (ETH Zurich); Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, 2009-12 (National University of Singapore); Professor Ian Chubb, 2005-08 (Australian National University).