Twenty years later: International efforts to protect the rights of higher education teaching personnel remain insufficient

published 18 October 2017 updated 7 January 2022
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The prevailing discourse on higher education has raised a voice concerning quality, equality, and equity—all centered on students. Surprisingly, such discussions have remained relatively silent on another set of actors crucial to the teaching/learning process: higher education personnel.

This study is an attempt to correct this oversight by exploring the perspective and situation of those who teach in universities. It is based on semi-structured interviews held in July-August 2017 with a wide array of leaders in trade unions and professional associations, officers in international organizations dealing with education either exclusively or as a key element, and in universities in various regions of the world.