The Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik (IUC) is an independent international institution for advanced studies. It is a meeting ground for learning and scholarship which is co-sponsored by some two hundred member universities and institutions of higher learning around the world.

Founded in 1971 at the height of the Cold War, the IUC became one of the most important venues for the exchange of ideas by scholars from both the East and West. Over the years, more than 40,000 scholars and students have participated in the Centre's courses and conferences.

Based in Dubrovnik, Croatia, formerly a self governing Mediterranean city-state, at the crossroads of various cultural and political influences, the IUC is currently building on its past achievements and traditions under a new set of challenging circumstances. It is maintaining high standards of independent scholarship, but at the same time, it is looking for opportunities in bridge-building in a region and the world that must continue to rededicate itself to pluralism.

The IUC is now especially keen on promoting specialized postgraduate education that will take into account both the regional issues and the overarching challenges of globalism.

International agenda in various disciplines, notably in the social sciencs and in the humanities, will certainly be informed by the issues of postcommunism and European integration, especially with an eye on the stabilization of Southeastern Europe (Mission Statement, http://www.iuc.hr)