About the network

15 unions worldwide have now signed an international agreement on defending education and employment standards in the context of global marketisation. Together, these unions represent more than half a million tertiary education workers around the world.

The deepening global recession and the cutting back of public provision will only give greater encouragement to a burgeoning private sector, making the international agreement only more relevant and important.

We are now turning this community of over 500,000 academics into something tangible.

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INTO post more losses

The UK’s University and College Union has warned universities and colleges to think very carefully before entering partnerships with private firms after new research showed that every single joint venture between the private company INTO University Partnerships and its partner university or college made a loss in 2007-08 – the most recent figures available.


Global privatisation of tertiary education – UNESCO report highlights threat to staff

A report by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) has illuminated the extent of the private sector’s takeover of higher education across the world. The report claims that 30% of global HE is now provided by private providers. It also says that private sector HE ‘is run mostly on a business model, [...]

Education International Report on Public-Private Partnerships

Here’s a link to Education International’s useful recent report on the experience of dealing with Public-Private Partnerships in tertiary education, including EI’s own recommendations for unions facing PPPs:



INTO branch campaign briefing

UCU campaign briefing on INTO

This briefing was produced as part of UCU’s campaign against INTO’s plans to set up a joint venture with Queen’s University Belfast in January 2009. It was aimed at the university’s governing body.