International Relations Officers

Established in 1995, the International Relations Officers (IRO) Group brings together Heads and Senior Officers of International Relations Offices from UNICA Member Universities to share information and innovative approaches to internationalisation at universities.

Join the LinkedIn Group to exchange ideas, articles and events among the UNICA member universities.


Coordinator of the Group & IRO Observer to the UNICA Steering Committee: Minna Koutaniemi, University of Helsinki (

Deputy Coordinator and deputy IRO Observer: Elena Avgoustidou-Kyriacou, Head of the International Relations Sector; Acting Director of the International Relations Service; Director, Confucius Institute, University of Cyprus

IRO Core Group members (September 2021 – September 2022)

  • Vratislav Kozák, Director of International Relations, Charles University
  • Sylvain St-Amand, Head of International Relations Office, University of Luxembourg
  • Ibrahim Yorgun, Director International Cooperations Office, Middle East Technical University (METU)

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