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International Network on the Role of Universities in Developing Areas

An informal international organization with affiliates in 19 countries.

INRUDA, the International Network on the Role of Universities in Developing Areas, is an independent informal international organization with a Steering Committee of 25 people from 15 countries. It has conducted six international conferences over the last twenty years from which many papers have been published by the participants and several conference proceedings. The seventh conference had been scheduled for July 2002 at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. This has unfortunately been canceled, but discussions are underway to hold it in the future. When plans are formalized the time and venue will be announced here. INRUDA is administered by a three-person Secretariat, Professors Samuel Aroni (UCLA), Fred A. Lazin (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev [BGU] in Israel), and David Wilmoth (RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia).

The aims of INRUDA are to promote international communications and cooperation on the subject of the role and the many and varied contributions of universities towards development. The definition of "developing areas" has been a broad one, including developing countries but also geographical areas and appropriate segments of population of developed countries. INRUDA publishes an occasional newsletter. Its first two conferences were held at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel (1983 and 1989); at the University of the Azores in Ponta Delgada, Portugal, Azores (1993); at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Australia (1995); at the Lulea University of Technology in Lulea, Sweden (1997); and at ESTP (l'Ecole Sp├ęciale des Travaux Publics) in Paris, France (1999). The Sixth INRUDA International Symposium, at ESTP in 1999, was on the topic of "The Role of Universities in Developing Areas: Partnerships in Development: Technology and Social Sciences, Universities, Industry and Government."