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What is the iPodia Alliance?

iPodia Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit, international consortium among leading higher education institutions in major world cultural regions for the purpose of developing, promoting, implementing, and dissimilating the iPodia-style of education paradigm and learning opportunities to create a borderless world-classroom for all.

What is the current membership of iPodia Alliance?

  • University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, USA
  • Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, Goa, Hyderabad, India
  • Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) in Haifa, Israel
  • India Institute of Technology (IIT) - Bombay in Mumbai, India
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea
  • National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, Taiwan
  • Peking University (PKU) in Beijing, China
  • Qatar University (QU) in Doha, the State of Qatar
  • RWTH Aachen University (AACHEN) in Aachen, Germany
  • Tsinghua University (THU) in Beijing, China

What are the membership selection criteria of iPodia Alliance?

As an organization which focuses on promoting intercultural active learning globally, iPodia Alliance selects its members based on criteria different from other existing university ranking schemes. First, we mainly target at higher learning institutions in geographical regions that represent major world cultures which complement one another. Second, the university must have established undergraduate and graduate programs whose quality are compatible to that of existing Alliance members. Third, a university can also be considered for membership if it brings strategic values that are deemed important to the Alliance by the iPodia Executive Board.

What are the operational principals of iPodia Alliance?

There are three principals that govern the operations of iPodia Alliance. Firstly, the "equal-reciprocity" principal encourages members to strive for a balance between the iPodia courses offered to and received from the Alliance within a certain period. This ensures equal contributions and mutual benefits among all members. Secondly, the "revenue-neutral" principal suggests that members are responsible for the costs of their participation in all activities and no money (e.g., tuitions, etc.) will exchange hands between any Alliance members. This promotes the not-for-profit culture for the Alliance members to focus on win-win collaborations. Lastly, the "no-joint-degree" principal declares that the Alliance's main goal is to share courseware development and delivery rather than create joint degrees among its member universities. This enables all Alliance members to maintain the independence and uniqueness of their curricula.

How to become an iPodia Alliance member?

This session assumes that you are a global university which is a currently not a member of iPodia Alliance, and is interested in joining this global higher education consortium for the benefits of your university, faculty and students.

  • Visit the official iPodia website ( to familiar yourself with the vision, mission, goals and current memberships of iPodia Alliance
  • Contact the iPodia Alliance Office at the University of Southern California to express your interest in being considered for a new membership and identify an office (or an individual) who will be the official contact point
  • The iPodia Alliance Office will send your contact a copy of the most current iPodia Alliance Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for formal review and comment by your university administration
  • Upon reviewing the iPodia Alliance MoU, your university submits a formal request, indicating your agreement, commitment, amendment (if any) and responsible office (e.g., the iPodia campus liaison), to the iPodia Alliance Office to be formally considered for a membership
  • The iPodia Alliance Office will circulate your formal request among its current members, and organize a meeting among its Executive Board members to discuss and vote on your request
  • Upon the formal approval by the Executive Board members, the signatory of your institution (normally your Provost, Vice President or President) signs the MoU for your university to become a formal member of iPodia Alliance
  • Your iPodia Alliance membership remains current as long as your university meets the membership requirements as specified in the MoU