The International Association of Universities (IAU) is very pleased to launch the website " Aiming Higher ", which showcases the wonderful results of the IAU series on higher education, produced by BBC StoryWorks. Higher education is instrumental to the development of sustainable and democratic societies; shaping minds, promoting diversity, ethical leadership and social responsibility. In light of increasing global challenges, higher education institutions play a key role in addressing the societal transformations that lie ahead. Each film highlights how a different university contributes to these goals: through projects that work towards sustainable development, internationalisation, leadership and innovation. Check out the films here .