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The International Commission for the History of Universities (ICHU) was founded in Stockholm in 1960 by Professor Sven Stelling-Michaud from Geneva. From 1964, the Commission was an internal commission of  the International Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS). In 1977, it became an affiliated commission in this same organization of historians.


The statutes of the Commission state that its objectives are to  "promote all forms of historical research on universities and to ensure the international coordination of the same, in conjunction with the International Committee of Historical Sciences." The Commission’s members meet at least every five years during the International Congress of the Historical Sciences, when it also holds its general assembly. They also meet for other scientific events.

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History of Universities Seminars for the Academic year 2023-24.

Convenors: Miles Taylor, Heike Jons & Kevin Chang.

The opening seminar will take place on Wednesday 4th October 2023, at 2.00pm (UK time)/3.00pm (CET), when Dr Heather Ellis (University of Sheffield) will give a paper entitled 'Student Exchange and the British Government: UK Students’ Abroad, 1955-1978'.

To register for this free online seminar contact the convenors at ( 

The program of the seminar may be found here:

20 June Dole and 22-23 June 2023 Besançon: L’Université de Dole et les fondations princières en Europe au XV siècle.

Il passato nel futuro: la storia delle università. Ricerche e prospettive nel centenario del Csup | Università di Padova. 

This conference will be taking place in the Palazzo Bo, Padua from 30 November to 2 December 2022.

The conference is a joint initiative of the Center for the History of the University of Padua, the University of Padua, CISUI and the Commission Internationale pour l'Histoire des Universités / International Commission for the History of Universities. More information may be found here:

Colloque international

L’enseignement supérieur du XIXe siècle à nos jours (France et international) : établissements, acteurs, disciplines, pédagogies

Lyon 27-28 juin 2022

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29 and 30 March 2021.

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The videos of the HistUni Seminar presentations given in the summer of 2021 are now available online (these are not including the discussions):

Publication of the book Student Revolt, City and Society in Europe From the Middle Ages to the Present, edited by Pieter Dhondt and Elizabethann Boran, Routledge, 2018.




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