GAUC is initiated by Tsinghua University, and co-founded by a core group of eight universities: Australian National University; University of California Berkeley; University of Cambridge; Imperial College London; London School of Economics and Political Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; The University of Tokyo; and Tsinghua University. Following GAUC’s launch at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting at Davos in January 2019, the eight founding universities discussed and approved the addition of the following four universities as GAUC members: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Indian Institute of Science; Sciences Po; and Stellenbosch University. Later, University of Oxford, Columbia University and Yale University joined the alliance. These 15 Universities are now form GAUC.
Membership development: Candidate universities for GAUC membership must satisfy to the Alliance the following selection criteria.
- 01 Strong mission alignment with the ideals and principles of GAUC
- 02 A capacity to actively participate in operations and activities; and
- 03 A capacity to contribute to GAUC’s joint efforts to generate impactful research in related disciplines
Further, unanimous approval of GAUC members must be met for candidate universities to be approved as members of the Alliance.