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Hilligje van’t Land

Hilligje van ‘t Land, Deputy Secretary General, at the International Association of Universities (IAU), was educated in France, the Netherlands and Canada and obtained her PhD in contemporary and comparative francophone literatures from Groningen University. She started her academic carrier working in the Humanities and taught comparative francophone literature at universities in the Netherlands, Canada and France. Before joining the IAU, she headed the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France for 5 years. At the IAU (, she works on : IAU Membership Development; is editor of the Association’s magazine IAU Horizons; works with the IAU secretary general and IAU team on the coordination of the Association’s Annual and General Conferences; is in charge of the following thematic priorities: The Role of Higher Education in Promoting Sustainable Development and Innovative Approaches to doctoral education in Africa (IDEA).