Higher Education and Research 25 April 2023
Expanding rights to develop critical thinking
Is it acceptable that we cannot use all the material we need to teach? What if we must submit every pedagogical decision involving something produced by a third person for legal clearance? When the alternative is to pay, what restrictions and exclusions does it imply?Expanding rights to develop critical thinking
Trade union rights are human rights 1 June 2022
Afghanistan: The Taliban regime must stop its attacks on the teaching profession
Education International condemns the abusive measures imposed by the Taliban government on universities and higher education institutions in Afghanistan. These measures are in clear violation of the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy, as enshrined in the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the status of higher education teaching personnel .Afghanistan: The Taliban regime must stop its attacks on the teaching profession
Future of work in education 16 May 2022
The voice of educators at the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference
The 3rd World Higher Education Conference brought together the global higher education community to reflect on how to address the impact of the pandemic and design the future of higher education to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Organised by UNESCO, the Conference took place from...The voice of educators at the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference
Standards and working conditions 16 May 2022
Education Support Personnel build and protect universities
The idea of a university is a noble and important one. A place where knowledge can be shared, tested, developed and expanded. Where people can interrogate everything important about who we are, how the world works and how we fit within it. This happens in an environment built on freedom...Education Support Personnel build and protect universities
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 26 April 2022
Enabling the future of youth research through copyright
Sean M. Fiil-Flynn
This year’s World Intellectual Property Day is being dedicated to the theme of youth empowerment . The focus is on recognition of the role of youth “stepping up to innovation challenges, using their energy and ingenuity, their curiosity and creativity to steer a course towards a better future.” Intellectual property...Enabling the future of youth research through copyright
Future of work in education
The Global Report on the Status of Teachers 2021
Greg Thompson12 October 2021
The status of teachers remains a concern in many jurisdictions. Teachers are aware that holding the same qualifications or levels of training as other professions does not bring the same status, despite teaching and facilitating learning being complex work that requires significant expertise.
Leading the profession 8 September 2021
Australia: Court upholds University of Sydney’s collective agreement protecting academic freedom
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) in Australia has welcomed a landmark Federal Court judgment ruling that University of Sydney staff have a legal right to be protected from disciplinary action when exercising intellectual and academic freedom.Australia: Court upholds University of Sydney’s collective agreement protecting academic freedom
Standards and working conditions 28 June 2021
OECD Study: Precarity of Academic Research Careers
Academic careers have become increasingly precarious, endangering rights, subjecting workers to difficult working conditions and stress. The OECD, at the initiative of its Global Science Forum (GSF) has published a study that makes nine recommendations to improve the situation.OECD Study: Precarity of Academic Research Careers
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 18 February 2021
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.Iraq: Academics’ freedom and trade union rights under attack
Democracy 17 February 2021
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.USA: Trade union joins call for a New Deal for Higher Education
Fighting the commercialisation of education
Pandemic Privatisation in Higher Education: Edtech & University Reform
Ben Williamson, Anna Hogan15 February 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a state of emergency engulfed higher education. The crisis of mass campus closures and a rapid ‘pivot’ to online learning became the context for attempts by private actors and commercial organisations to reconfigure the sector.
Union growth 15 February 2021
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.Education unions defend and promote academic freedom around the world!
Fighting the commercialisation of education 9 February 2021
“Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.
Ben Williamson, 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.“Post-pandemic reform of higher education: Market-first or purpose-first digital transformation?”, by Ben Williamson and Anna Hogan.
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 11 January 2021
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.Taiwan: Education union highlights unequal conditions as it campaigns for quality education
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 18 December 2020
“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...“The impact of the pandemic on academic workers and work - the Canadian experience”, by Brenda Austin-Smith.
Union renewal and development 16 December 2020
UK: Shock at untimely death of Gareth Young, trade union leader and global activist
Education International is saddened by the news of the death of Gareth Young, deputy general secretary of the NASUWT–The Teachers’ Union, on 14 December.UK: Shock at untimely death of Gareth Young, trade union leader and global activist
Trade union rights are human rights 10 December 2020
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.Statement | Situation in Belarus
Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 4 November 2020
“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...“Students of the COVID19 year”, by Gohar Hovhannisyan.