The AGS is a confederation of four partner institutes - leading technical universities around the world. Together the four partner institutes focus on strong research alliances with industrial and government partners and seek to expand education activities in sustainable development.

Each partner school has a strong local program - an AGS Focus Center (AFC) - which ensures participation of faculty and staff in AGS-supported research initiatives. The AFCs are autonomous, creating networks with other universities and building support through a local Advisory Board.

The AGS Executive Board (EB) has overall operational responsibility for managing central AGS activities. Membership consists of one faculty representative from each of the AGS Focus Centers as well as the AGS Executive Director. The EB chairman reports to the AGS Governing Board (AGB), which is made up of the university presidents and the chairman of the International Advisory Board (IAB).