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New 6-month special programme for trade unionists at the Global Labour University now open for application

published 18 December 2009 updated 18 December 2009

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 (TUAC), the Global Union Federations (GUFs) and the ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies (IILS).

In co-operation with the Hans Boeckler Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and various trade union centres and universities, the Global Labour University was created to develop and deliver high-level qualification programmes to strengthen the intellectual and strategic capacity of trade unions and to establish much stronger working relationships between trade unions, the ILO and the research community.

The new 6-month Programme for Trade Unionists on Globalisation is starting in April 2010. It targets trade unionists that might not be able to leave their union for a full masters programme or who do not have the required formal qualifications. The programme comprises three-and-a-half month classes followed by a two-month internship.

The new 6-month programme for trade unionists, ENGAGE, is a short term Diploma Course on Labour Policies and Globalisation which will take place from 1 Apr-20 Sep 2010 in Germany. It is designed to help labour activists and trade unionists to acquire additional knowledge and tools that enable them to take an active part in public debate and the process of policy formulation and implementation.

The programme consists of a 3.5-month academic programme and a 2 month internship. It addresses the request of many trade unions to offer a short-term policy orientated academic programme for trade unionists. The course of study includes five modules focussing on Global Wage Policies, Global Finance, Global Trade, Development Economics, and Participation in Global Governance.

Scholarships are available for:

  • participants from Brazil, India, Southern Africa: 6 month including internship
  • for participants from OECD countries: 3.5 month (without internship)

Application deadline has been extended to 25 Jan 2010 and application via e-mail is possible.

For more details and the application package, please click on the link below.