Membership Categories

There are two categories of IOHE members:

  • Regular members: Higher education institutions of the Americas. Recognized by the laws of their respective countries, which carry out teaching, research, and continuing education activities and which have been admitted under the procedure established in the Statutes. Regular members have the right to participate and vote in the General Assembly, as well as hold seats in governing bodies of the Organization.
  • Associate members Research centres and national, regional, and international associations, federations or similar institutions of higher education recognized by the laws of their respective countries and which comply with the requirements of the Statutes. Associate members may participate in the General Assembly but are unable to vote or hold seats in governing bodies of the Organization.

Membership Procedure

To become a member of the Organization, the applicant is required to:

  1. Submit a written request to the Secretariat of the Organization ([email protected]);
  2. Show proof that it is a legally constituted according to the laws of its country by providing substantiating documentation;
  3. Demonstrate that its norms are consonant with the Organization’s Statutes and Charter;
  4. Develop formal academic programs at a level of higher education equivalent to those recognized by UNESCO as tertiary education;
  5. Have in place institutional development plans and procedures for self-assessment and external evaluation.

Membership costs

The General Assembly establishes the annual fee schedule for regular and associate members according to the number of students.

Regular Members

  • Less than 5 000 students: US$ 1060
  • Between 5 000 and 9 999 students: US$ 1430
  • Between 10 000 and 19 999 students: US$ 1685
  • More than 20 000 students: US$ 2040

Associate Members

  • Research Centers: US$ 725
  • Associations, federations and other Higher Education organizations on regional, national or international levels: Exempt
  • Integration fee for new members: US$ 550

Membership Stipulations

  • Members are obliged to pay their membership fees annually. Only members who have paid their annual fees may participate in programs and activities organized by the IOHE.
  • Fees must be paid in US dollars to the Executive Secretariat of the IOHE, which is situated in Quebec, Canada. Exceptions to this rule can only be made by a special decision of the Board of Directors.
  • In order to be considered exempt from membership fees, a request should be made in writing to the Executive Secretariat of the IOHE. The request will then be presented to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will inform the applicant and will propose, if it is deemed necessary, a financial agreement. Waivers are only valid for the year in which the fee waiver was granted. Not more than two waivers may be granted consecutively.
  • All members who have not obtained the fee waiver are considered members with outstanding annual membership payments. In such cases as these, the member will receive a payment reminder where the exact amount of monies due for that year or previous years is stipulated. The Regional Vice-President is responsible for communicating the importance of canceling any outstanding payments to members who are placed in this category.
  • A member who does not pay their quota for three consecutive years may lose their membership (disaffiliation).

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