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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Update on London Metropolitan University

Latest from London Met:

Thanks to those unions who wrote to London Metropolitan University’s Vice Chancellor as part of the campaign to save the university. London Metropolitan was hit by a massive clawback of funding after it was revealed that returns of student completion rates [...]

U21 Global: Will UK Universities rethink in wake of Melbourne’s withdrawal?

Thanks to the CAUT for posting the news that Melbourne University has decided to stop funding the U21 Joint Venture. This comes on the back of another poor year for the struggling enterprise.  Back in October, the Times Higher Education Magazine reported on UCU’s concerns about Universities investing in the [...]

Another blow to U21 Global

Universitas 21, the international consortium of universities that launched a for-profit on-line program in 2001, is reassessing its future after another institution has left.

This week, the University of Melbourne announced it would stop funding the troubled U21 Global virtual operation after yet another year of lackluster performance.

In response, Universitas 21 announced it was [...]

China issues warning on private colleges

The Chinese government has taken the unusual step of issuing a public warning for students to stay away from private colleges in Australia.

According to The Australian, the Chinese Ministry of Education says Australia’s private colleges, even if they are properly accredited by local authorities, are “unstable and risky.”

“Students should be cautious and not [...]