IRUAS (International Relations of the Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts) was formed in 2008. It is a network organisation for all employees at Swiss universities of applied sciences and arts in the area of international issues and mobility.
Its activities are coordinated by the IRUAS Committee, which is composed of up to two people from each university of applied science and arts. The IRUAS Committee is headed by Barbara Binz of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and Anne-Marie Jäger of the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons (FHGR). IRUAS forms ad hoc working groups on current topics, delegates people who represent the international offices of universities of applied sciences and arts on various bodies (e.g. International Relations Experts Group), organises a regular IRUAS networking event on current important topics and ensures the good exchange of information among universities of applied sciences and arts.
The IRUAS annual conference is also an excellent forum for networking and the discussion of relevant topics in the field of international cooperation with colleagues from other Swiss institutions.