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  1. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-02-18

    Iraq: Academics’ freedom and trade union rights under attack

    The Association of Iraqi Academics (AIA) has warned against the abrogation of the law allowing Iraqi academics to perform trade union activities. It has also called for solidarity with them and support for their rights of association and organisation.

    Read more Iraq: Academics’ freedom and trade union rights under attack
  2. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-02-17

    USA: Trade union joins call for a New Deal for Higher Education

    The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have launched a campaign calling for increased funding and reforms in public colleges and universities. The two organisations have partnered in this campaign because a crisis for higher education means a crisis for democracy.

    Read more USA: Trade union joins call for a New Deal for Higher Education
  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-02-15

    Education unions defend and promote academic freedom around the world!

    Academic freedom is in a dire state globally, according to attendees at the recent International Further and Higher Education and Research Conference (IFHERC). Organised virtually by Education International, the conference also expressed its solidarity with harassed and imprisoned academics worldwide, especially in Myanmar and Hong Kong.

    Read more Education unions defend and promote academic freedom around the world!
  4. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2021-02-09

    “Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.

    Educational technologies have become central to higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency in tertiary systems worldwide has enabled private edtech companies, global tech businesses, and the networks of promoters backing them, to define the post-pandemic future of the university.

    Read more “Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.
  5. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2021-01-11

    Taiwan: Education union highlights unequal conditions as it campaigns for quality education

    The Taiwanese government is widening the social gap and encouraging the privatisation of the early childhood education (ECE) sector. That’s according to the National Teachers’ Association (NTA) in its yearly summary.

    Read more Taiwan: Education union highlights unequal conditions as it campaigns for quality education
  6. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-12-18

    “The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.

    Almost overnight in mid-March of 2019, academic staff at universities and colleges heeded the call to stay home and isolate. They transitioned to remote teaching to ensure the education continuity of millions of students during the public health emergency. Campuses were closed down, shuttering labs, and stalling research. Some libraries...

    Read more “The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.
  7. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-12-10

    Statement | Situation in Belarus

    Education International and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) stand in solidarity with workers, students, teachers and academics and all citizens of Belarus.

    Read more Statement | Situation in Belarus
  8. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-11-04

    “Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.

    It’s a common practice to distinguish the life cycles of students based on their enrolment by academic year or years. These year-numbers help us to navigate and plan. Due to the COVID-19, the year 2020, however, is not defined by its four different numbers but by something from the past...

    Read more “Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.
  9. Leading the profession 2020-11-02

    Education International research and advocacy strategy grows in context of COVID-19

    Education International brough over 170 scholars, experts, unionists, and activists together to explore how research can underpin advocacy for quality education. The global group met at the 15th Research Network (ResNet) online meeting on 28-29 October.

    Read more Education International research and advocacy strategy grows in context of COVID-19
  10. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-10-28

    “Platform University in the Digital Economy”, by Janja Komljenovic.

    Digital technological innovations have the potential to improve higher education and bring benefits to students, academics, and university administrators. They also bring new monetisation opportunities. Indeed, the education technology market is worth $187bn with 15% growth rate as estimated by IBIS Capital [1]. Investment in education technology is unprecedented, including...

    Read more “Platform University in the Digital Economy”, by Janja Komljenovic.
  11. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-09-23

    Mexico: Agreement enhances teaching and learning conditions in the higher education sector

    In Mexico, a new agreement was reached between the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) and the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) for quality working and living conditions for educators and quality education for students in the higher education sector.

    Read more Mexico: Agreement enhances teaching and learning conditions in the higher education sector
  12. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-06-10

    “Coronavirus hits Canada’s campuses”, by David Robinson.

    As in other parts of the world, the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly and radically upended universities and colleges in Canada. Across the country, campuses are deserted, teaching has migrated to virtual platforms, and important research has been put on hold.

    Read more “Coronavirus hits Canada’s campuses”, by David Robinson.
  13. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-04-07

    “How the COVID-19 crisis may impact higher education unions’ work and strategy on casualisation”, by Rob Copeland.

    In response to the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, unions have been working hard to ensure that governments mitigate the effects on workers’ jobs, salaries and working conditions. During this ongoing crisis, workers in so-called ‘non-standard forms of employment’[1] such as those on zero-hours contracts, in agency work and in ‘bogus self-employment’...

    Read more “How the COVID-19 crisis may impact higher education unions’ work and strategy on casualisation”, by Rob Copeland.
  14. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2020-01-16

    India: Outcry from international education community over violent attacks on university students and staff

    Education International has strongly condemned the violent attacks against students and educators at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India and supports students’ demands for affordable quality education and the right to freedom of expression.

    Read more India: Outcry from international education community over violent attacks on university students and staff
  15. Trade union rights are human rights 2020-01-10

    Iran: unions demand transparent investigation into plane crash

    Education unions call for a clarification of the circumstances that led to the crash of Ukraine International Flight 752 outside Tehran, which claimed 176 victims, including professors and students.

    Read more Iran: unions demand transparent investigation into plane crash
  16. Equity and inclusion 2019-12-06

    #RatifyC190 “Strong will”, by Destaye Tadesse.

    On 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Gender-based Violence - we called on governments to immediately ratify ILO Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work. The Convention is the result of 10 years of mobilisation and activism by the global trade union...

    Read more #RatifyC190 “Strong will”, by Destaye Tadesse.
  17. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-12-02

    Increasing number of attacks on academic freedom across the world documented by Scholars at Risks report

    Reacting to the release of Scholars at Risk’s annual report documenting and analysing attacks on higher education communities around the world, Education International firmly denounces attacks on academic freedom and reiterates the need to counter the lack of funds, precarious employment conditions and the privatisation and commercialisation of higher education.

    Read more Increasing number of attacks on academic freedom across the world documented by Scholars at Risks report
  18. Trade union rights are human rights 2019-11-27

    #RatifyC190 "Violence against women: a case study in the French public research", by Dina Bacalexi and Bruno Pouvelle.

    On 25 November – the International Day for the Elimination of Gender-based Violence - we called on governments to immediately ratify ILO Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work. The Convention is the result of 10 years of mobilisation and activism by the global trade union...

    Read more #RatifyC190 "Violence against women: a case study in the French public research", by Dina Bacalexi and Bruno Pouvelle.
  19. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2019-11-05

    New report sheds light on the threat privatisation poses for higher education in Latin America

    A new study coordinated by CONADU (the National Federation of University Teachers) for Education International examines how privatisation is infringing upon higher education, the threat it poses for education systems, and the options available to unions to resist this process.

    Read more New report sheds light on the threat privatisation poses for higher education in Latin America
  20. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-10-11

    New comprehensive database unveils state of the art in Higher Education

    Hosting a record number of reports, the new Database of External Quality Assurance Results (DEQAR) allows scholars, researchers, students, higher education institutions, quality assurance agencies and policy makers to access over 40.000 reports on the quality assurance of higher education institutions.

    Read more New comprehensive database unveils state of the art in Higher Education
  21. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-09-26

    Right to authorship, by Yamile Socolovsky

    Education International's decision to encourage discussion of an International Treaty concerning the exceptions and limitations to copyright for educational and research activities is both timely and necessary. The obstacles imposed on these activities by the excessively restrictive regulations in this area become remarkably difficult to overcome in the current context,...

    Read more Right to authorship, by Yamile Socolovsky
  22. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-09-12

    “Copyright Issues and Teachers' Dilemma in Asia Pacific”, by Dr. Robert Jeyakumar.

    I woke up in Budapest on a fine summer morning to deliver a lecture using materials I had prepared in Malaysia in accordance with copyright exceptions allowed in Malaysia. Just before the lecture, I was informed that my materials did not conform to copyright laws in the EU. Dismay! This...

    Read more “Copyright Issues and Teachers' Dilemma in Asia Pacific”, by Dr. Robert Jeyakumar.
  23. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-09-10

    Education at a Glance 2019 shows governments must accelerate progress towards SDG 4 and quality education for all

    Reacting to the newly published Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Education at a Glance report, Education International welcomes progress made in a number of countries in several aspects of educational provision, but insists that other major areas of education remain a cause of great concern for educators.

    Read more Education at a Glance 2019 shows governments must accelerate progress towards SDG 4 and quality education for all
  24. Equity and inclusion 2019-08-28

    Argentina: CONADU takes measures to advance LGBTI rights

    In August 2019, the Federation of University Teachers (Federación de Docentes Universitarios -CONADU) adopted a new protocol on discrimination, harassment and violence on grounds of gender or sexual orientation, perpetrated by their members.

    Read more Argentina: CONADU takes measures to advance LGBTI rights
  25. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-08-13

    “For the integrity and status of Higher Education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training”, by Fred van Leeuwen.

    Higher education is indispensable if we are to maintain a foundation of facts, knowledge and free discussion in society. TVET reaches very many young people and adults and has a key education function in addition to providing skills training. Both are under attack as many, public and private, innocently or...

    Read more “For the integrity and status of Higher Education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training”, by Fred van Leeuwen.
  26. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-07-23

    “Climate change action: organising to win”, by Adam Lincoln.

    As education trade unionists gather together for the 8th EI World Congress, it is clear that working people and students are on the front lines of climate change. Already 83 million climate-related refugees have fled from disaster. 72 million jobs are threatened. Climate change affects our brothers and sisters –...

    Read more “Climate change action: organising to win”, by Adam Lincoln.
  27. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-07-20

    The highs and lows of higher education analysed at EI Congress

    Participants at the higher education caucus learnt from academics from all over the world on topics ranging from the lack of funds, privatisation and commercialisation of higher education to precarious employment conditions and attacks on academic freedom.

    Read more The highs and lows of higher education analysed at EI Congress
  28. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-05-09

    “Trade union research and action: an exchange of views on academic mobbing”, by Jean-Marie Lafortune and Eve Seguin.

    In October 2018, the Quebec Federation of University Professors (FQPPU), affiliated to Education International, published a report entitled “Le mobbing en milieu académique : mieux comprendre le phénomène pour mieux l’enrayer” (“Mobbing in an academic environment: understanding the phenomenon better in order to eradicate it better”). Jean-Marie Lafortune, president of...

    Read more “Trade union research and action: an exchange of views on academic mobbing”, by Jean-Marie Lafortune and Eve Seguin.
  29. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-04-11

    "Higher Education, and the purpose of education", by Jens Vraa-Jensen

    Seen through a neoliberal political framework, education’s main purpose is to be an instrument for economic development, increased productivity of workers and creation of new jobs. In such a context, education is not one of the key factors for social and human development. Any debate on education must always clarify...

    Read more "Higher Education, and the purpose of education", by Jens Vraa-Jensen
  30. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-03-13

    UK: Union deplores weak legal protection of academic freedom

    Following the findings of a major report on academic freedom in the United Kingdom, the University and College Union has submitted an allegation to the Joint International Labour Organisation/UNESCO Committee of Experts regarding the non-compliance of the UK government's with the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation on the status of higher education...

    Read more UK: Union deplores weak legal protection of academic freedom
  31. Equity and inclusion 2019-03-01

    Australia: education union and activists will make the 2019 federal election the ‘education election’

    At their Federal conference, Australian Education Union’ leaders and activists welcomed the commitment made by the Labour party to greatly increase funding for public education, and reaffirmed their determination to ensure that the upcoming federal election focus on education issues.

    Read more Australia: education union and activists will make the 2019 federal election the ‘education election’
  32. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2019-02-18

    Another step on the path towards open access

    Education International has answered a call for consultation on open access of research, stressing that the public good is served by the widest and most accessible dissemination of scholarly work and educational material.

    Read more Another step on the path towards open access
  33. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-11-26

    EI’s 11th IFHERC highlights the importance of promoting and protecting academic freedom in an increasingly hostile environment

    During discussions at Education International’s 11th International Further and Higher Education and Research Conference, participants from all corners of the world voiced great concern about political developments across the different regions that undermine academic freedom.

    Read more EI’s 11th IFHERC highlights the importance of promoting and protecting academic freedom in an increasingly hostile environment
  34. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-11-13

    Elsevier: putting a price on knowledge

    In its most recent publication, Education International examines the publishing giant Elsevier, whose success on the market is based on ethically questionable practices which endanger the transmission of knowledge and its condition as a public good.

    Read more Elsevier: putting a price on knowledge
  35. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-11-13

    “Reclaiming Academic Freedom in Malaysia: The Dawn of A New Era?” by Dr Lai Suat Yan

    There was rapturous joy on 10 May 2018 when it was officially announced that the opposition party, namely, Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope, PH) won. The rule of the former governing political party, Barisan Nasional (National Front), lasting for the last 60 years, had come to an end. It was...

    Read more “Reclaiming Academic Freedom in Malaysia: The Dawn of A New Era?” by Dr Lai Suat Yan
  36. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-11-12

    EI 11th Further and Higher Education and Research Conference: Advancing conditions for staff to improve quality education

    The first day of the 11th Education International’s Further and Higher Education and Research Conference has provided member organisations with a forum for exchanging information and strategies across regions for the advancement of quality terms and conditions of employment for teachers, academics and researchers, and addressed technical and vocational education...

    Read more EI 11th Further and Higher Education and Research Conference: Advancing conditions for staff to improve quality education
  37. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-11-12

    TVET, capabilities and social justice, by Leesa Wheelahan

    What is technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and what does it do? This can be a hard question to answer because there isn’t a lot of agreement about what it does, what it should do, who should pay for it, how it should be offered, and whether it...

    Read more TVET, capabilities and social justice, by Leesa Wheelahan
  38. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-11-08

    Power of Advocacy and Partnership, by Princess R. Moss

    As a teacher and education advocate here in the United States, I am in a position to see the inter-connections of all that is good and all that is troubling about our country. I see the hope, happiness, and diversity our children have. I also see the chaos and hate...

    Read more Power of Advocacy and Partnership, by Princess R. Moss
  39. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-10-05

    US educators fight over student debt and loan fraud

    American Federation of Teachers’ members have filed a class-action lawsuit against the student loan servicer Navient for misleading borrowers and called for immediate action.

    Read more US educators fight over student debt and loan fraud
  40. Standards and working conditions 2018-10-05

    On World Teachers’ Day, new report highlights urgent need to improve education

    A lack of qualified teachers and poor working conditions for teaches worldwide are highlighted in a report released by Education International to mark World Teachers’ Day (5 October).

    Read more On World Teachers’ Day, new report highlights urgent need to improve education
  41. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-09-21

    EI calls on ILO and governments to improve working conditions in tertiary education

    The necessity to improve terms and conditions of employment in tertiary education, and in particular, to limit the alarming increase in precarious work in the sector was at the heart of debates at the International Labour Organisation’s Global Dialogue Forum on Employment Terms and Conditions in Tertiary Education.

    Read more EI calls on ILO and governments to improve working conditions in tertiary education
  42. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-09-06

    Canada: insecure academic contracts are “major sources of stress”

    Most academic staff working on contract at Canadian universities and colleges aren’t employed on fixed-term contracts by choice, and job precarity is a major source of stress for academics, a survey of the Canadian Association of University Teachers shows.

    Read more Canada: insecure academic contracts are “major sources of stress”
  43. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-07-25

    In Latin America, teachers and students champion the right to attend university, by Yamile Socolovsky

    15 June marked the centenary of the university reform led by the student movement in Córdoba, Argentina. This pioneering reform paved the way for a democratic reconstruction of academic institutions that shook the entire region. The transformation of Latin American public universities became a permanent battleground between those who yearned...

    Read more In Latin America, teachers and students champion the right to attend university, by Yamile Socolovsky
  44. Equity and inclusion 2018-06-20

    On the importance of education for young refugees, by Gloria Ihirwe Ntakirutinka

    On the occasion of World Refugee Day, Gloria Ihirwe Ntakirutinka, a young Rwandan refugee pursuing higher education in Senegal, shares her experience and her fight for access to higher education for refugees.

    Read more On the importance of education for young refugees, by Gloria Ihirwe Ntakirutinka
  45. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-06-14

    Education issues high on the WIPO agenda

    Through statements in plenary, organising a side event, meeting with delegates and collaborating with other civil society actors, Education International has reaffirmed the importance of advancing on international copyright exceptions at the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

    Read more Education issues high on the WIPO agenda
  46. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-05-25

    Go for it! The Bologna ministerial summit in Paris, by Andreas Keller

    Isn’ it ironic? 50 years ago, in May 1968, students in Paris were going to the barricades and aspiring to a societal revolution – and initiated an overdue reform of higher education almost throughout Europe eventually. Today, in May 2018, ministers in charge of higher education from 48 countries belonging...

    Read more Go for it! The Bologna ministerial summit in Paris, by Andreas Keller
  47. Leading the profession 2018-05-14

    #ResNet: Research, Refine, Resist!

    Research in education is imperative to reverse misleading education policies and attacks on trade union rights, and it is crucial for education unions to have effective coordination and exchange around national and regional research activities.

    Read more #ResNet: Research, Refine, Resist!
  48. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-04-09

    When it comes to challenges in higher education, unions make a difference

    "The austerity in public sector budgets, the decline in salaries, the threats to academic freedom, the increasingly precarious nature of work stability, the expansion of privatization, and the reduction in unionised academic staff, are some of the main challenges faced by teachers in higher education”, Nelly Stromquist, an expert in...

    Read more When it comes to challenges in higher education, unions make a difference
  49. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-04-05

    Education and copyright. It matters to you!

    (YES you can share these images and videos with your students, colleagues and anyone! But that is not always the case.)

    Read more Education and copyright. It matters to you!
  50. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-03-19

    Passing of outstanding Canadian education unionist

    Education International is sad to learn of the passing of Donald C. Savage, an inspiring educator and committed union leader. He was 85.

    Read more Passing of outstanding Canadian education unionist
  51. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-03-09

    #8March: Female leadership, strong unionism: a higher education perspective

    In the past, women were rarely able to attend university. It was only in the 20th century that the growing number of women undertaking university courses began to significantly impact the demographics of graduates of higher education. However, much like in the workplace, the acceptance of women in higher education...

    Read more #8March: Female leadership, strong unionism: a higher education perspective
  52. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-02-19

    Canada: trade unions worried by planned reform of university governance

    Education unions oppose Bill 234, which would make sweeping changes in the system of governance of the University of Montreal, threatening academic freedom and the university’s collegial governance, and deteriorating working conditions.

    Read more Canada: trade unions worried by planned reform of university governance
  53. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2018-02-16

    UK: Solidarity with education union’s fight over university pensions

    Education International’s European region, ETUCE, has sent a message of solidarity to University and College Unions members at 61 UK universities who are due to walk out soon in a dispute over changes to the universities’ pension scheme.

    Read more UK: Solidarity with education union’s fight over university pensions
  54. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-11-20

    Canadian college instructors forced back to work

    A month-long strike has abruptly ended after the Ontario government passed legislation forcing college instructors back to the classroom days after the latest contract offer was rejected and a renewed call for negotiations was made.

    Read more Canadian college instructors forced back to work
  55. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-10-31

    The ‘core value’ of academic freedom is voiced in Paris

    The status of higher education teaching personnel was the focus of an Education International event in Paris where academics were joined by teachers’ unions to shed light on a sector under threat.

    Read more The ‘core value’ of academic freedom is voiced in Paris
  56. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-10-27

    Higher education teaching personnel to be celebrated in Paris

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Recommendation on Higher Education Teaching Personnel, Education International is throwing the spotlight on tenure, academic freedom, self-governance and collegiality, which are being challenged around the world.

    Read more Higher education teaching personnel to be celebrated in Paris
  57. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-10-13

    Ghana: Introduction of free senior high school education welcomed

    Ghanaian trade union leaders have warmly welcomed the decision of Ghana’s president to set up the Free Senior High School Programme.

    Read more Ghana: Introduction of free senior high school education welcomed
  58. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-10-05

    World Teachers’ Day brings professional freedom and empowerment into focus

    As the contributions and significance of teachers are recognised, this year’s focus has turned toward the diminishing freedoms facing the profession and the empowerment needed to allow teachers to work effectively in a challenging world.

    Read more World Teachers’ Day brings professional freedom and empowerment into focus
  59. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-06-01

    UK: Report warns of low levels of protection for academic freedom

    The University and College Union has launched a report showing significantly lower levels of protection for academic freedom in the UK, when compared to other EU countries.

    Read more UK: Report warns of low levels of protection for academic freedom
  60. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-05-31

    Education unions forge a pathway from research to advocacy

    With an aim to research, refine, and resist, teachers’ unions are reinforcing their leading role at the cutting edge of research methods and practices at the 13th annual Education International Research Network meeting.

    Read more Education unions forge a pathway from research to advocacy
  61. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-04-12

    March for Science

    On April 22 a series of rallies and marches (known as the March for Science) are planned for Washington, D.C. and other cities across the world. Education unions can play a key role in the campaign, particularly in pushing for increased public funding for science, greater protection for academic freedom...

    Read more March for Science
  62. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-04-05

    Hungary: EI deeply concerned about impact of new legislation on academic freedom  

    The global educators’ community condemns the adoption of legislative amendments proposed by Hungary’s government, endangering the independence of the Central European University and, consequently, fundamental pillars of all democracy.

    Read more Hungary: EI deeply concerned about impact of new legislation on academic freedom  
  63. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-03-21

    Quality assurance drive taking place in European higher education

    Education unionists across Europe are seeking to promote the implementation of revised European quality assurance standards in higher education.

    Read more Quality assurance drive taking place in European higher education
  64. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2017-02-03

    UK: Brexit outs EU academics

    Following the Brexit vote, around 31,000 EU academics in UK universities are being told to make arrangements to leave, some having already decided to comply, putting the expertise of UK universities in serious jeopardy.

    Read more UK: Brexit outs EU academics
  65. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-11-17

    IFHERC: Challenges still to be faced in tertiary education and research

    Academic freedom, international solidarity, gender, casualisation and privatisation came under the spotlight at Education International’s 10th International Further and Higher Education and Research Conference, attended by leaders of tertiary education and research.

    Read more IFHERC: Challenges still to be faced in tertiary education and research
  66. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-11-10

    Further and Higher Education and Research leaders gather for the first time in Africa to elevate sectors’ status

    Leaders of tertiary education and research are coming together in Accra, Ghana, to tackle the increasingly changing and challenging conditions facing the further, higher education and research sectors around the world.

    Read more Further and Higher Education and Research leaders gather for the first time in Africa to elevate sectors’ status
  67. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-09-26

    South Africa: University fee cap welcomed

    Education unions are encouraged by the South African government’s announcement that university fee increases may be capped and that low-income families may have the increase subsidised to make education more accessible.

    Read more South Africa: University fee cap welcomed
  68. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-08-18

    UK: Labour pledge return of education maintenance allowance and maintenance grant

    Education unions reacted positively to the Labour Party’s announcement on 17 August that it will restore the education maintenance allowance and the maintenance grant if it wins power at the next general election.

    Read more UK: Labour pledge return of education maintenance allowance and maintenance grant
  69. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-06-28

    Quality assurance of higher education well underway

    The importance of student centred learning was emphasised by Education International to mark the completion of the first phase of activities of the Enhancing quality through innovative policy and practice project on 9 June.

    Read more Quality assurance of higher education well underway
  70. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-06-08

    UK: Trade union action escalates in university pay dispute

    The University and College Union in the United Kingdom has decided on a strategy of disruption targeted at open days, graduation days and an assessment boycott to protest short-term contracts and a gender pay gap.

    Read more UK: Trade union action escalates in university pay dispute
  71. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2016-05-25

    UK university lecturers stage walkout in fight for equal gender pay and fair contracts

    Members of the University and College Union have launched a two-day strike across the UK in response to falling salaries and precarious contracts after the employers’ final offer was viewed as “an insult.”

    Read more UK university lecturers stage walkout in fight for equal gender pay and fair contracts
  72. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2015-10-23

    South Africa’s president backs down from raising university tuition

    President Jacob Zuma has reversed his decision to raise tuition fees in 2016 amid major student protests that have swept across the country in opposition to a proposed 11.5 percent hike.

    Read more South Africa’s president backs down from raising university tuition
  73. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2015-10-15

    GEW initiative on the verge of a breakthrough: reform of limited-term employment contracts in academia imminent in Germany

    Until January 2016, the German federal government plans to amend the Academic Temporary Contract Law (WissZeitVG), which provides the legal basis for the use of temporary fixed-term contracts.

    Read more GEW initiative on the verge of a breakthrough: reform of limited-term employment contracts in academia imminent in Germany
  74. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2015-07-20

    Successful first ever Further and Higher Education Caucus

    The Education International President Susan Hopgood inaugurated the first ever Further and Higher Education Caucus at the EI 7th World Congress on 20 July in Ottawa, Canada.

    Read more Successful first ever Further and Higher Education Caucus
  75. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2015-05-29

    Iraq: Kurdistan’s teachers renew vow to work with education ministry

    The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union has reaffirmed its intension to work with the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research to improve the quality of education, teachers’ status, and working and living conditions.

    Read more Iraq: Kurdistan’s teachers renew vow to work with education ministry
  76. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2015-03-24

    Spain’s universities go on strike against government reform

    Public higher education is shutting down today in Spain, as teachers, support staff and students close ranks against the latest government’s reforms, arguing that they open the path to privatisation and hamper access for all.

    Read more Spain’s universities go on strike against government reform
  77. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2015-01-23

    Trade unionists gathered in Vienna to challenge the liberalisation of public services in TTIP and beyond

    On 15 and 16 January 2015 ETUCE together with EPSU, AK and ÖGB are organizing a training seminar on how to challenge the liberalisation of public services in TTIP, CETA and TiSA.The event is taking place in the premises of ÖGB in Vienna and has gathered 100 trade union representatives...

    Read more Trade unionists gathered in Vienna to challenge the liberalisation of public services in TTIP and beyond
  78. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-11-10

    Higher Education Conference demands quality and equality in education

    Over 80 delegates have convened in Brussels to discuss the state of the art of higher education and research, with a special focus on the effects of privatisation and marketisation.

    Read more Higher Education Conference demands quality and equality in education
  79. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-10-21

    Canadian academics heighten calls for fair employment

    The theme of this year’s Fair Employment Week, ‘Fair for All,’ highlights the importance of protecting all academic staff, from professors to librarians and researchers, working at universities across Canada.

    Read more Canadian academics heighten calls for fair employment
  80. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-08-19

    Health crisis forces Higher Ed Conference to relocate

    With the Ebola virus spreading sickness and fear throughout Western Africa, the president of Ghana has cancelled all international events, forcing November’s Higher Education and Research Conference to find a new host.

    Read more Health crisis forces Higher Ed Conference to relocate
  81. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-05-06

    Fragmented career paths in higher education: downward spiral for quality of education in Germany and Sweden - GEW and SULF denounce

    EI/ETUCE affiliates GEW (German Education and Research Workers’ Union) and SULF (Swedish Association of University Teachers) joined in cooperation to fight for quality education and decent working conditions in higher education at the 5th Follow-up Congress on the Templin Manifesto of GEW held on 2 April 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

    Read more Fragmented career paths in higher education: downward spiral for quality of education in Germany and Sweden - GEW and SULF denounce
  82. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-03-11

    Higher Education: early stage researchers’ status to be solved

    On 6 -7 of March, 38 ETUCE members from 22 different countries, met in the framework of the Higher Education& Research Standing Committee (HERSC) meeting.

    Read more Higher Education: early stage researchers’ status to be solved
  83. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-01-20

    UK: Union dismisses employers’ hypocrisy over damage to students’ education

    The University and College Union (UCU), one of EI’s national affiliates in the UK, has announced plans for a series of two-hour strikes beginning on 23 January aimed at disrupting teaching at universities as part of a row over pay. Education unionists have also condemned that claim by the Universities...

    Read more UK: Union dismisses employers’ hypocrisy over damage to students’ education
  84. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-01-20

    UK: Union dismisses employers’ hypocrisy over damage to students’ education

    The University and College Union (UCU), one of EI’s national affiliates in the UK, has announced plans for a series of two-hour strikes beginning on 23 January aimed at disrupting teaching at universities as part of a row over pay. Education unionists have also condemned that claim by the Universities...

    Read more UK: Union dismisses employers’ hypocrisy over damage to students’ education
  85. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2014-01-06

    Application for Global Labour University programmes opened

    The Global Labour University (GLU) invites trade unionists and labour activists to apply for its Masters in ‘Labour Policies and Globalisation’ course offered by the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics and Law in Germany, and the newly launched GLU Masters in ‘Labour and Global Workers’ Rights’...

    Read more Application for Global Labour University programmes opened
  86. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-12-16

    Call for applications for teaching excellence award

    The Central European University (CEU) is calling for applications for its third annual European Award for excellence in teaching in the social sciences and humanities. The award, launched in 2011 to mark the CEU’s 20th anniversary, is the first and only such pan-European honour and is accompanied by a €5,000...

    Read more Call for applications for teaching excellence award
  87. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-11-07

    Japan: Ending tuition exemption a ‘bad decision’

    EI has branded as a “bad decision” Japan’s move to introduce an income cap for its tuition-free programme for public high schools during the 2014 fiscal year. This “will destroy an education policy that has taken root after three years and is supported by parents and educators,” said EI’s Chief...

    Read more Japan: Ending tuition exemption a ‘bad decision’
  88. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-10-18

    Corporate funding, a threat to academic independence

    Corporate funding of universities could lead to corruption in the higher education sector. That’s according to an article by EI senior advisor David Robinson in a report launched on 1 October by Transparency International. The non-government organisation’s Global Corruption Report: Education is a comprehensive guide to corruption risks in education...

    Read more Corporate funding, a threat to academic independence
  89. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-08-01

    First regional higher education conference in Latin America

    For the first time, EI higher education affiliates in the Latin American region have met in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia on 25-26 July 2013.

    Read more First regional higher education conference in Latin America
  90. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-07-31

    Downward trends in higher education funding in Europe

    The European University Association released the latest edition of its Public Funding Observatory report which monitors the impact of the economic crisis on universities and identifies trends in public funding to higher education institutions across Europe since 2008. The report is launched in tandem with a new interactive online tool...

    Read more Downward trends in higher education funding in Europe
  91. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-07-31

    Canadian researchers urge government to “Get Science Right”

    The organization representing Canada’s academic staff is calling for an overhaul of the federal government’s science policy, following renewed concerns about the impact of recent decisions on the integrity and independence of scientific research.

    Read more Canadian researchers urge government to “Get Science Right”
  92. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-07-31

    Fighting Privatisation in Higher Education

    At its recent Congress, the University and College Union (UK) unveiled a new toolkit for members to campaign against the growing pressures of privatisation.

    Read more Fighting Privatisation in Higher Education
  93. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-07-31

    Profs push back on MOOCs

    Professors at San Jose State University in California are refusing to use a Harvard-produced philosophy course developed by edX, one of the major providers of the controversial Massive On-Line Open Courses (MOOCs), out of concern the intention is to replace faculty with cheaper on-line education.

    Read more Profs push back on MOOCs
  94. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    Report highlights lack of women and BME university professors

    A new report by the University and College Union (UK) warns that at the current pace of change it will take almost 40 years for the proportion of female professors to reach the same level as the proportion of female staff in universities and almost 16 years for black and...

    Read more Report highlights lack of women and BME university professors
  95. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    Report highlights lack of women and BME university professors

    A new report by the University and College Union (UK) warns that at the current pace of change it will take almost 40 years for the proportion of female professors to reach the same level as the proportion of female staff in universities and almost 16 years for black and...

    Read more Report highlights lack of women and BME university professors
  96. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    Student success in higher education

    Student success and learning outcomes have become the focus of higher education policy around the world. In most cases, the emphasis is on holding institutions and teachers accountable for achieving measurable outputs – like graduation rates and standardized test scores – with some significant implications.

    Read more Student success in higher education
  97. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    Report of the 8th Education International Higher Education and Research Conference

    EI affiliates have pledged to work more closely together to defend and promote the professional, academic, trade union, and human rights of the higher education community. The commitment was made at EI’s 8th Higher Education and Research Conference, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 25-27 September.

    Read more Report of the 8th Education International Higher Education and Research Conference
  98. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    EU launches new university ranking

    U-Multirank, a new university ranking system, was launched last month under the Irish EU Presidency at a conference in Dublin. Proponents say the new system marks a radical departure from the traditional methods of ranking higher education institutions which tend to focus mainly on research performance.

    Read more EU launches new university ranking
  99. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    Germany set to eliminate tuition fees

    University tuition fees have been eliminated in Germany as the last two remaining states to charge students have change course.

    Read more Germany set to eliminate tuition fees
  100. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    AHELO – Is it feasible?

    The OECD has released the first two volumes of the Feasibility Study of the Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO). The first report focuses on the development and implementation of the study while the second provides information about data analysis and national experiences.

    Read more AHELO – Is it feasible?
  101. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    HER development cooperation consortium

    A number of EI’s higher education and research affiliates are joining forces to foster capacity building initiatives with sister unions in developing countries. The EI consortium is being established to pool resources to better support the strengthening of trade unions in the sector.

    Read more HER development cooperation consortium
  102. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2013-04-04

    EI policy statement on tuition fees

    At its meeting last October, the EI Executive Board unanimously adopted a new policy statement on tuition fees.

    Read more EI policy statement on tuition fees
  103. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2012-12-11

    The Vandals at the Gate

    Defending higher education in an age of austerity - a view from the University and College Union (United Kingdom) By Kathy Taylor, President, University and College Union, United Kingdom

    Read more The Vandals at the Gate
  104. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2012-11-13

    Building international solidarity through development cooperation among Higher Education Unions

    There is a popular Ghanaian saying, “All fingers are not equal”. Indeed, some are stronger than others, some are longer than others, and some are efficient than others. At certain times, however, they collaborate to overcome difficult challenges.

    Read more Building international solidarity through development cooperation among Higher Education Unions
  105. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2012-11-13

    The retreat of the government from Higher Education: the Italian case

    In the recent OECD report, Education at Glance 2012, a number of indicators clearly show the critical state of education in Italy. This country invests less than two per cent of its GDP in higher education and research, its graduate numbers are falling, as is the number of its researchers...

    Read more The retreat of the government from Higher Education: the Italian case
  106. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2012-10-01

    EI Conference: Higher education and research a public service

    EI members firmly committed to defending and promoting the professional, academic, trade union, and human rights of the higher education community. The commitment was made at EI’s 8th Higher Education and Research Conference, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 25-27 September.

    Read more EI Conference: Higher education and research a public service
  107. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2012-09-25

    EI opens the 8th Higher Education and Research Conference in Argentina

    From 25 to 27 September, more than one hundred teachers and trade union leaders from all over the world will meet in Buenos Aires to debate and coordinate action to effectively develop higher education and research, focusing on ensuring high-quality universal public education.

    Read more EI opens the 8th Higher Education and Research Conference in Argentina
  108. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2012-07-03

    International solidarity to defend the public university

    In a joint statement, the members of EI, the Quebec Federation of University Professors of Canada (FQPPU) and the national trade union of higher education of France (SNESUP-FSU), undertook to pool their resources to defend public universities.

    Read more International solidarity to defend the public university
  109. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2012-03-26

    Bahrain: Academic freedom under threat

    Every week, Education International receives anxious requests from Bahraini students, parents and academics alarmed about the on-going infringements of academic freedom and human rights directed at professors, students, and staff at higher education institutions in Bahrain.

    Read more Bahrain: Academic freedom under threat
  110. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-10-15

    Union representatives of Higher Education and Research sector in Europe met in Leuven

    The EI Pan-European Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC) met in Leuven, Belgium, from 14-15 October to discuss the challenges confronting the sector in the European region.

    Read more Union representatives of Higher Education and Research sector in Europe met in Leuven
  111. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-10-14

    EI and ESU launched a Toolkit on Student-Centred Learning

    At the final event of the joint project with the European Students’ Union currently taking place in Leuven, Belgium, Education International launched a toolkit for staff and students to promote the concept of student-centred learning.

    Read more EI and ESU launched a Toolkit on Student-Centred Learning
  112. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-10-11

    Toolkit launched to foster student-centred learning

    “Academics and students are ready to create a stimulating learning environment,” says EI Deputy General Secretary, Monique Fouilhoux, ”but are higher education institutions ready to provide the necessary support?”

    Read more Toolkit launched to foster student-centred learning
  113. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-09-25

    Students and staff train to disseminate student centered learning practices

    Nearly 40 staff and student union members have gathered in Bratislava, Slovakia, to undertake an intensive three-day training programme on advocacy and lobbying skills for the promotion of student centered learning.

    Read more Students and staff train to disseminate student centered learning practices
  114. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-09-24

    EI Higher Education and Research Conference fosters unity

    EI’s 7th International Higher Education and Research Conference was held in Canada, from 10-12 September, and was attended by more than 130 participants from all corners of the globe.

    Read more EI Higher Education and Research Conference fosters unity
  115. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-07-07

    Teachers and students join to promote student-centered learning

    As part of its ongoing project with the European Students’ Union (ESU), EI organised a training seminar on student-centered learning (SCL) recently from 1-4 July in Sliema, Malta.

    Read more Teachers and students join to promote student-centered learning
  116. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-06-08

    Teachers and students together improve teaching in higher education

    Results from the ‘Time for student-centred learning’ study show that teachers are committed to improving their ways of teaching and are ready to listen to students’ opinions on pedagogical practices.

    Read more Teachers and students together improve teaching in higher education
  117. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-05-28

    Staff and students agree higher education should centre more on students

    European higher education staff and students' unions have expressed agreement that higher education should move further towards the needs of the student. This is a key finding from the survey by the European Students' Union (ESU) and the staff union Education International (EI).

    Read more Staff and students agree higher education should centre more on students
  118. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-04-13

    Teachers and students join forces!

    Building on the official launch of the European Higher Education Area at the 10th Anniversary Bologna Ministerial Conference last month, EI announces the signature of a new agreement with the European Students’ Union (ESU).

    Read more Teachers and students join forces!
  119. Trade union rights are human rights 2010-03-29

    Chile: The “Memory Museum” and the neo-liberal experiment

    For the past 10 years the Colegio de Profesores de Chile (CPC) has been carrying out a project they call the Pedagogical Movement, a unique kind of teacher union research project.

    Read more Chile: The “Memory Museum” and the neo-liberal experiment
  120. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-03-13

    EI attends launch of European Higher Education area at Bologna Anniversary Ministerial Conference

    The Ministers responsible for higher education in 47 countries of Europe gathered at the 10th Anniversary Bologna Ministerial Conference, celebrated on 11-12 Mar in Budapest and Vienna, for the official launch of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

    Read more EI attends launch of European Higher Education area at Bologna Anniversary Ministerial Conference
  121. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-03-03

    EI publishes report on academics' perception of the Bologna Process

    Education International has just published a report on “Enhancing Quality – Academics’ Perceptions of the Bologna Process” specially aimed for dissemination at the Bologna Anniversary Conference taking place in Budapest and Vienna in March 2010.

    Read more EI publishes report on academics' perception of the Bologna Process
  122. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2010-01-07

    Basic Academic Freedoms and Rights Violated in Israel and Palestinian Territories

    The academic freedom and professional rights of higher education teaching personnel in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza are increasingly under assault as a result of the continuing political conflict in the region, according to a report released today by Education International and the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

    Read more Basic Academic Freedoms and Rights Violated in Israel and Palestinian Territories
  123. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-12-09

    EI supports demands by academic community in Latvia

    On 1 December, Latvian Higher Education Staff and Student Unions held a demonstration against budget cuts in the higher education and research sector. EI offers its full solidarity to the Latvian academic community, and has, together with ETUCE, made clear its support for the demands being made.

    Read more EI supports demands by academic community in Latvia
  124. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-07-17

    Academic Freedom International Study

    A joint publication of EI and the University and College Union of the UK, this study highlights constraints on academic freedom in five countries: Burma, Colombia, Israel, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

    Read more Academic Freedom International Study
  125. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-07-08

    The academic profession discussed at the World Conference on Higher Education

    EI, together with close to 40 representatives from EI-affiliated higher education unions, has been actively participating in the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education in Paris which started on 5 July with EI’s Vice-President Irene Duncan Adanusa intervening in one of the opening sessions.

    Read more The academic profession discussed at the World Conference on Higher Education
  126. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-07-08

    Speech by Penni Stewart, President of the Canadian Association of University Teachers at the World Conference on Higher Education organised by UNESCO in Paris, 7 July 2009

    I want to address the state of the academic profession, both by looking back at developments and progress made since the last World Conference, but also by looking forward to where we might be going. Of course, the overriding issue today is how the current global economic recession may affect...

    Read more Speech by Penni Stewart, President of the Canadian Association of University Teachers at the World Conference on Higher Education organised by UNESCO in Paris, 7 July 2009
  127. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-07-06

    EI stresses the rights of academic staff at UNESCO's World Conference on Higher Education

    In her address on the opening day of UNESCO's second World Conference on Higher Education in Paris, EI Vice-President Irene Duncan Adanusa stressed the rights of academic staff and the need for the full application of the 1997 Recommendation outlining those rights.

    Read more EI stresses the rights of academic staff at UNESCO's World Conference on Higher Education
  128. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-07-06

    Speech by Irene Duncan Adanusa, EI Vice-President at the World Conference on Higher Education organised by UNESCO in Paris, 5 July 2009

    On behalf of Education International, the largest global union federation, representing 30 million teachers and education workers worldwide, with 406 affiliate unions in 172 countries and territories, I am pleased to address the 2009 UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education.

    Read more Speech by Irene Duncan Adanusa, EI Vice-President at the World Conference on Higher Education organised by UNESCO in Paris, 5 July 2009
  129. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-07-01

    UK: "Say no to academic vandalism"

    The University and College Union (UCU) which represents further and higher education staff in the United Kingdom is holding a national day of protest on 3 July.

    Read more UK: "Say no to academic vandalism"
  130. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-04-29

    EI calls for sustainable public higher education funding and better conditions for mobility of academic staff and students at Bologna Process Ministerial Meeting

    The 6th Bologna Process Ministerial Meeting marked the passage of ten years since the signing of the original Bologna Declaration in 1999 with the goal of setting up the European Higher Education Area. EI has been a consultative member of the Bologna Process since the Ministerial meeting in Bergen in...

    Read more EI calls for sustainable public higher education funding and better conditions for mobility of academic staff and students at Bologna Process Ministerial Meeting
  131. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-02-10

    France: EI shows support for strike by Higher Education and Research personnel

    EI has issued a statement of support for its member organisations in France representing higher education and research personnel, who are on a full-day strike today to protest the lack of consultation, mass dismissals and budgetary cuts the current government has inflicted on the sector.

    Read more France: EI shows support for strike by Higher Education and Research personnel
  132. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2009-02-03

    EI welcomes greater unity in global students’ movement

    Facing the current global economic crisis and growing threats to public education at all levels, Education International salutes the student activists from 17 organisations around the world who have forged a new alliance to assert a principled and equitable approach to the challenges of higher education.

    Read more EI welcomes greater unity in global students’ movement
  133. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-10-22

    EI launches the Barometer of Academic Mobility

    At the validation conference of the campaign for full higher education staff and student mobility held in Villeneuve d'Ascq, France from 6-7 October, Education International and the European Students' Union launched the campaign publication "Barometer of Academic Mobility".

    Read more EI launches the Barometer of Academic Mobility
  134. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-09-10

    "Let’s Go! - Where to now?" Conference on Staff and Student Mobility

    The final phase of the Mobility Campaign "Let’s Go!" will end with a conference at University Charles de Gaulle Lille 3, Villeneuve d 'Ascq, France, on 6th and 7th October 2008.

    Read more "Let’s Go! - Where to now?" Conference on Staff and Student Mobility
  135. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-07-03

    UK lecturers want greater involvement in university climate efforts

    The University and College Union (UCU) is congratulating UK universities that are doing the most to combat climate change, but is still urging all universities to step up the involvement of staff and students in their efforts. The union has called for a carbon reduction strategy on every campus based...

    Read more UK lecturers want greater involvement in university climate efforts
  136. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-06-16

    UK: Keele University greylisting suspended as union strikes deal

    The University and College Union (UCU) announced on 12 June that it has reached an interim agreement with Keele University over the current dispute involving the School of Economic and Management Studies (SEMS) and the Centre for Health Planning and Management (CHPM).

    Read more UK: Keele University greylisting suspended as union strikes deal
  137. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-06-11

    EI to hold press conference on "Let's Go Campaign" in Berlin

    Together with the European Student Union (ESU) and its member organisation, the Freier Zusammenschluss von StudentInnenschaften (FZS), EI and its member organisation, the Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW), are holding a press conference in Berlin on 12 June to present their joint campaign called "Let's Go".

    Read more EI to hold press conference on "Let's Go Campaign" in Berlin
  138. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-06-09

    UK: UCU's greylisting of the University of Keele to begin on 13 June

    The University and College Union (UCU) will "greylist" the University of Keele from 13 June. The term greylisting refers to a voluntary refusal to participate in the academic and other university activities where appropriate at Keele.

    Read more UK: UCU's greylisting of the University of Keele to begin on 13 June
  139. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-06-05

    Let’s go! Educators and students campaign for mobility

    After finishing his first degree, Predrag Lazetic, a Serbian student, was happy to be admitted to a Master’s degree program in Germany. Well in advance of the beginning of his course, Predrag applied for his student visa, which he was told would take between four and five weeks.

    Read more Let’s go! Educators and students campaign for mobility
  140. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-04-30

    European Campaign for Higher Education Staff and Student Mobility in full gear

    The joint campaign of EI and the European Students' Union (ESU) for Staff and Student Mobility in Europe is in full gear. Entitled "Let's Go", the campaign is supported by the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and aims to achieve full freedom of movement for higher education staff and...

    Read more European Campaign for Higher Education Staff and Student Mobility in full gear
  141. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-03-13

    Unions confronting climate change

    Is climate change a trade union issue? Activists at the University and College Union in the UK believe the answer to that question is an emphatic, “Yes!”

    Read more Unions confronting climate change
  142. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2008-03-05

    Campaign website on Staff and Student Mobility launched at the Higher Education and Research Standing Committee Meeting in Dubrovnik

    EI's European committee in higher education and research (HERSC) met on 28-29 Feb in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to follow up on the outcomes of the EI International Higher Education and Research Conference held in Malaga last November, as well as discuss the current developments in the Bologna Process.

    Read more Campaign website on Staff and Student Mobility launched at the Higher Education and Research Standing Committee Meeting in Dubrovnik
  143. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-11-14

    Universities urged to 'green' their policies and practices

    British scholars are urging colleagues in universities around the world to take action on climate change in order to 'green' their university campuses and curricula.

    Read more Universities urged to 'green' their policies and practices
  144. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-11-13

    Gender equity remains elusive for female academics

    Although they have made significant progress, women in academe continue to face persistent barriers to professional equality, particularly in fields such as computer science and engineering.

    Read more Gender equity remains elusive for female academics
  145. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-11-12

    Academic freedom under threat in fearful times

    In an era of global insecurity, fundamental rights and freedoms are increasingly threatened on university campuses, as in society at large.

    Read more Academic freedom under threat in fearful times
  146. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-11-09

    News release: Higher education is a right, not a privilege

    Education International is joining with affiliates and Spanish partners to host a major international conference on higher education and research.

    Read more News release: Higher education is a right, not a privilege
  147. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-10-30

    VIth International Higher Education and Research Conference

    The document on climate change, the document on gender perspective, the document on the mobility of Higher education personnel and researchers, and the Study on academic freedom are now available on-line.

    Read more VIth International Higher Education and Research Conference
  148. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-10-23

    VIth International Higher Education and Research Conference

    The draft programme, practical information and the provisional list of participants for VIth International Higher education and Research Conference in Malaga are now available on-line.

    Read more VIth International Higher Education and Research Conference
  149. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-10-17

    ESU celebrates 25 years

    Today, October 17th, the European Students’ Union (ESU) celebrates 25 years on the front line of student politics.

    Read more ESU celebrates 25 years
  150. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-09-04

    EI protests against arrest of German academic

    EI which represents the voice of educators worldwide, including professionals in the higher education and research sector, condemns the arrest of German academic, Andrej Holm.

    Read more EI protests against arrest of German academic
  151. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-07-20

    Higher Education and Research personnel discuss common challenges at EI pre-Congress event

    The Higher Education Caucus, organised as a pre-congress event, was attended by 119 people from unions representing higher education and research staff from all regions. The Caucus took stock of the progress made by EI in the area of higher education and research, and identified a number of challenges being...

    Read more Higher Education and Research personnel discuss common challenges at EI pre-Congress event
  152. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-05-21

    Education International at the Bologna Process Ministerial Meeting, London

    A London Communiqué, taking stock of the progress so far and identifying areas for future work, was adopted at the Ministerial meeting of the Bologna Process in London from 17-18 May.

    Read more Education International at the Bologna Process Ministerial Meeting, London
  153. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-05-21

    EI Welcomes ESIB Name Change to European Student Union (ESU)

    EI and ESIB (The National Unions of Students in Europe) signed a partnership agreement in 2004 to work together on promoting the joint interests of higher education staff and students. At its last board meeting last week, ESIB changed its name to ESU (European Student Union).

    Read more EI Welcomes ESIB Name Change to European Student Union (ESU)
  154. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-02-09

    EI and ESIB organise Official Bologna Process Seminar on Mobility

    As part of an ongoing collaboration between EI and the National Unions of Students in Europe (ESIB), this Official Bologna Process Seminar on Mobility has been organised with the aim of enhancing the idea of moving from "individual to institutional mobility".

    Read more EI and ESIB organise Official Bologna Process Seminar on Mobility
  155. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2007-01-10

    Greece: Pan-Hellenic strike on 10 Jan against privatisation of higher education

    EI affiliates Didaskalikeh Omospondia Elladas (DOE) - the Greek Primary Teachers' Federation and the Omospondÿa Leitourgÿn Mÿsehÿ Ekpaÿdeysehÿ (OLME) - the Federation of Secondary School Teachers of Greece, will be participating in a "pan-Hellenic strike" against the privatisation of higher education in the country.

    Read more Greece: Pan-Hellenic strike on 10 Jan against privatisation of higher education
  156. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-12-12

    Resolution of the International Moscow Scientific and Practical Conference on “Trade Unions and the Bologna Process” from 29-30 November 2006

    Below is the English text of the resolution passed by the International Moscow Scientific and Practical Conference on “Trade Unions and the Bologna Process” which met from 29-30 November 2006. Organised by the the Education and Science Employee's Union of Russia (ESEUR) of Russia and the Syndicat des Travailleurs de...

    Read more Resolution of the International Moscow Scientific and Practical Conference on “Trade Unions and the Bologna Process” from 29-30 November 2006
  157. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-12-04

    Russia: International Conference on Trade Unions and the Bologna Process

    More than one hundred university staff and students gathered in Moscow, Russia from 29-30 November for an international conference on the Bologna Process organised by EI member organisations the Education and Science Employee's Union of Russia (ESEUR) of Russia and the Syndicat des Travailleurs de l'Education et de la Science...

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  158. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-09-01

    Academic freedom at risk in the knowledge society

    In 1992, when the Sinaia Statement on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy was adopted under the auspices of UNESCO, it stated: “history has shown that violations of academic freedom and institutional autonomy have high costs in intellectual regression, social alienation and economic stagnation.”

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  159. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-07-13

    EI participated at Council of Europe's Forum on Higher Education and Democratic Culture, Academic freedom

    EI participated at the Council of Europe's Forum on Higher Education and Democratic Culture 22- 23 June, Strasbourg, France . Participants comprised higher education leaders, student representatives and public policy makers from Europe, North America and other regions of the world.

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  160. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-06-30

    EI puts case for the Public Service University to OECD Education Ministers in Athens

    EI put the case for a new approach to public higher education and research at a high-profile meeting of Education Ministers from 35 countries, convened by the OECD in Athens, Greece, this week (27-28 June).

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  161. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-06-07

    UK: University lecturers have wages docked in pay dispute

    Striking lecturers at Glasgow University are to have their wages docked as their bosses try to end the deadlock over pay.

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  162. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-06-06

    Botswana: Diploma Course Fails to Produce Graduates in 7 years

    EI affiliate the Botswana Teachers' Union (BTU) has expressed concern that the diploma in Primary Education programme by distance learning introduced by the University of Botswana (UB) in 1999 has yet to produce a graduate.

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  163. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-04-12

    TradEducation issue no.8 now available for download!

    The new issue of EI's bulletin on GATS and the WTO, TradEducation, has just been published. In this issue, we talk about the New Zealand government spearheading an effort to open up their private higher education "market", EI's meeting with key WTO negotiators and rules on domestic regulations.

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  164. Fighting the commercialisation of education 2006-04-03

    GATS: EI Lobby at the WTO

    EI held a series of meetings with the officials and negotiators of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as services negotiations resumed in Geneva this week. Monique Fouilhoux, EI’s education and employment co-ordinator, was joined by representatives of affiliates from Australia, Canada, and Denmark.

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  165. Union renewal and development 2006-03-29

    Second EI Research Network meeting

    The EI Research Network is holding its second meeting in Brussels from 29-30 March. The network comprises research officers from EI affiliates.

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  166. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-03-27

    UK: AUT-NATFHE Conference on Brain Drain

    On March 23, EI affiliates the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the University and College Lecturers’ Union (NATFHE) organised a conference on “Brain Drain” as the final stage of a two-year project on the subject, which had its origins within the EI’s higher education debates.

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  167. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-03-24

    Union fury as employers ban unions from pay dispute talks

    EI affiliates the AUT and NATFHE have reacted with astonishment and anger at news today that the Universities and Colleges Employers (Ucea) Association have gone back on a commitment to meet them next week to try and resolve the current pay dispute for higher education staff.

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  168. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-03-22

    EI at the 9th ESIB Convention

    EI recently attended a convention held by the "National Unions of Students in Europe" (ESIB) from 10-14 March in Vienna, Austria, on the "Higher Education and the Lisbon strategy ". EI was also part of a panel on a discussion session entitled "Who cares? Who dares?" on the "Lisbon strategy...

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  169. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-03-21

    EI Pan-European Standing Commitee for Higher Education and Research met in Sesimbra

    The EI Pan-European Standing Commitee for Higher Education and Research conducted a meeting recently in Sesimbra, Portugal, from 16-18 March, with a seminar on the "New Developments in Higher Education and Research: Consequences for the academic personnel" within the framework of the ETUCE-TRACE Project.

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  170. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-03-15

    Canada: CAUT’s Education Review focuses on Women in the Academic Work Force

    Canadian EI affiliate CAUT has released a new report that shows under-representation of women among academic staff has been a persistent and troubling feature of universities and colleges in Canada.

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  171. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-03-07

    UK: Lecturers begin strike action

    Members of EI affiliates the AUT and NATFHE are taking strike action today because they say promises to use new money coming into the higher education sector to improve staff pay have been broken.

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  172. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-03-03

    UK: Unions join together to fight against tuition fee increases

    A coalition of EI affiliates in the UK have joined the National Union of Students (NUS) to fight against any tuition fee increases in the run up to a funding review planned for 2008. This could result in the removal of the £3,000 cap on tuition fees by 2010.

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  173. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-02-02

    Australia: Workplace Agreements erode union rights

    EI affiliate the NTEU has condemned legislation identified at the 5th Conference on Higher Education and Research in December 2005, and already being implemented to undercut union rights within the higher education sector.

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  174. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-02-02

    UK: Union achieves pay parity victory for college lecturers in Wales

    A landmark agreement that will give Welsh college lecturers pay parity with schoolteachers has just been concluded, seeing £11.5m ploughed into staff pay on top of the £20m invested over 2003 and 2004.

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  175. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-01-25

    1-year Master Programme at the Global Labour University now open for application

    As a Global Union, EI is committed to support the Global Labour University. The Global Labour University is created by the Global Union Research Network (GURN), comprising the ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD...

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  176. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2006-01-19

    UK: Union's fury at vice-chancellors' excessive pay increases

    EI affiliate the Association of University Teachers (AUT) has expressed its amazement at the salary increases of the vice-chancellors and principals on the board of the Universities and Colleges Employers' Association (UCEA).

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  177. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2005-12-12

    EI International Conference on Higher Education and Research: "Education is not for sale!"

    The 5th International Conference on Higher Education and Research ended on 9 December with the adoption of a General Report and a Statement to the delegations of the 6th WTO Ministerial meeting concerning GATS and education, which will be held in Hong Kong this week.

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  178. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2005-11-28

    The struggle for a future: the case of Italian universities

    The Bologna Process is an inter-ministerial initiative, gathering together 45 countries in the European region, which aims at establishing a European Higher Education Area by 2010. One would assume that with such an initiative in place, professionals in the Higher Education and Research sector in the European region enjoy a...

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  179. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2005-11-15

    USA: Affiliate Seek Records on Exclusions of Foreign Scholars

    The national groups accuse the federal agencies of illegally withholding information on the government’s practice of excluding prominent foreign intellectuals based on their political views.

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  180. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2005-11-09

    Putting the Bologna Process into practice

    As in the classroom, there are good and weak students among the countries involved in the Bologna Process. Whilst Higher Education unions in Poland and Portugal are well informed on the process of convergence between universities, their governments are rather slow on the uptake. "I would say that Poland is...

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  181. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2005-05-31

    Higher education: a priority for EI

    The Bologna process aims to establish an open area for higher education – comprising 45 countries – by the year 2010 in order to enable greater student mobility and the mutual recognition of qualifications and diplomas. This will obviously have significant implications for teachers and researchers.

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  182. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 2005-05-18

    Teachers will be part of the Bologna process

    EI and its affiliates from the higher education sector are partners in the current ministerial conference in Bergen (Norway, 19-20 May) aimed at developing a European Higher Education Area. This participation is an official recognition that academics are the "third pillar" of the Bologna process.

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