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.

Latest news

New online seminar series on the History of Universities, starting on 2 June 2021. It is a collaboration between The University of York (UK), the Academia Sinica Taipei (Taiwan), Loughborough University (UK), and the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. 

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Please register your free online attendance via the HistUni Seminar webpage, for each seminar separately:


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

Call for Papers

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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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.