Aiming at the creation of a Global Council of Research-Intensive Universities, LERU gradually intensifies its contacts with sister organisations worldwide.
At the 2012 Barcelona LERU Anniversary Conference , LERU renewed its contacts with its sister organisations in the USA, Australia and China : AAU, Go8 and C9.
In the course of 2013, closer links were developed with other similar organisations in different countries or parts of the world : Russell Group, Association of East Asian Research Universities, RU11 Japan, U15 Canada.
A first joint initiative of the networks is the signing, in 2013/2014, of the "Hefei Statement", a joint statement on characteristics of contemporary research universities. The statement was issued at the annual meeting of the C9 universities in Hefei, China, 10 October 2013, and signed by LERU, C9, Go8 and AAU.
Early 2014, upon invitation of LERU/AAU/Go8/C9, the following organisations signed up to the Hefei Statement: Russell Group, U15 Canada, AEARU
Meetings and events
May 2012: LERU, AAU, Go8 and C9 meet at the LERU 10th Anniversary Conference in Barcelona
October 2012: LERU, AAU and Go8 participate at the C9 RA in Hangzhou, China
November 2012: LERU SG Kurt Deketelaere speaks at the AEARU RA in Seoul, South-Korea
October 2013: LERU, AAU, Go8 and C9 issue the Hefei statement at the C9 RA in Hefei, China
November 2013: a RU11 Japan delegation meets the LERU BoD at the LERU RA in Oxford.
December 2013: a LERU delegation attends the AEARU RA in Hsinchu, Taiwan