EI is the global voice of more than 3 million higher education and research staff in 100 national organisations. Together, we work to defend the rights and promote the advancement of those working in the sector.
EI actively champions higher education and research as a public service, and not a commercial enterprise. We advocate at the international level to ensure quality, accessibility, and the freedom of staff to teach and conduct research free from political, economic or other special interests.
EI promotes the academic and employment rights of staff by pressing for the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel. Adopted in 1997, this instrument provides clear protections for academic freedom, collegial governance, security of employment, and the right of staff to join trade unions and bargain collectively.
Higher education and research sector is witnessing a series of attacks which are threatening the principles of academic freedom and collegiality. The global trends towards commercialisation and marketisation threaten to compromise quality and equity. These trends must be reversed.
EI policy asserts that higher education and research must be publicly funded and administered, and accessible to all qualified students without financial or social barriers. We vigorously oppose privatisation and marketisation, the trade in education services and intellectual property, and the casualisation of employment.
EI advances the interests of higher education and research staff by working closely with UNESCO, the ILO and other UN bodies, and by lobbying international agencies such as the OECD, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organisation.
We campaign to support colleagues whose academic freedom and civil liberties are under attack, and we vigorously defend the trade union rights of member organisations.
EI builds solidarity and strength within the sector. We organize a biannual international conference to share best practice and to collectively confront the global challenges before us.
At the European level, EI is a consultative member of the Bologna Follow-up Group. Through its Higher Education and Research Standing Committee, EI works to ensure academic staff play a key role in shaping the European Higher Education Area.
 Enhancing quality - Academics' Perceptions of the Bologna Process
 "Gender issues in Employment and Working Conditions of Academic Staff" by Vanja Ivoševic
 Report of the 7thEI International Conference on Higher Education and Research in Vancouver
 Time for Student-Centred Learning: Toolkit for Staff and Student Unions
 Time for Student-Centred Learning: An Insight into Theory and Practice
 EI/CAUT: “The Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza,” by David Robinson
 UCU-EI Publication "Academic Freedom International Study" by James Cemmell
 EI Report to the UNESCO/ILO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning the Status ofTeachers
 Constructing Paths to Staff Mobility in the European Higher Education Areaby Conor Cradden
 Assessing higher education learning outcomes: “PISA” for Higher Education?
 EI World Congress Resolutions
Resolution on Higher Education and Research as a Public Service
Resolution on Fixed-term Higher Education Teaching Personnel
Resolution on the situation in the higher education sector in France
Resolution on Vocational Education and Training
 The Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States
 Study on the situation of academic freedom in Latin America
 The role of academics in the Bologna process: A study undertaken for Education International by Åse Gornitzka and Liv Langfeldt. NIFU STEP Studies in Innovation, Research and Education
 Brochure on "the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel" (also available in Arabic and Russian)
 Study on the International Attractiveness of the Academic Workplace in Europeundertaken by Jürgen Enders and Egbert de Weert
 Study on Accreditation in the framework of Evaluation Activities undertaken by Stefanie Schwarz and Don F. Westerheijden
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Tertiary Education section: www.oecd.org/topic/0,2686,en_2649_34859749_1_1_1_1_37455,00.html
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): www.unesco.org
European Commission (EU) Education and Training section: ec.europa.eu/education/index_en.html
World Bank Higher Education: https://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTEDUCATION/0,,contentMDK:20298183~menuPK:617592~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:282386,00.html
International Association of Universities (IAU): iau-aiu.net
Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA): academic-refugees.org
Network for Education and Academic Rights (NEAR): nearinternational.org
European Commission (EU) Research section: ec.europa.eu/research/
University World News: https://www.universityworldnews.com/
The European (EU) Researcher’s Mobility Portal: ec.europa.eu/eracareers/index_en.cfm
Magna Charta: www.magna-charta.org