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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Further developments in U21G as Manipal takes control

The NTEU in Australia have drawn our attention to the latest developments in the troubled online learning Joint Venture U21Global. According to a report in The Australian, the Indian education company has now taken a controlling 75% share in the joint venture as U21Global is restructured with only ten universities from the Universitas 21 Group [...]

Study Group seeking new venture in Canada

Canada’s University of Windsor is considering a joint venture proposal with Study Group International (SGI) that would see the company establish a for-profit college on campus for international students.

According to reports, if the deal is approved by the university’s senate in February, ISG’s international study centre would open its doors as early as this [...]

23 unions call for a change of direction as German and Austrian student protests grow

Our colleagues in GEW in Germany have asked us to circulate the statement signed by 23 unions across the world calling for a change of direction in higher education policy as a wave of student protests has built up in Germany and Austria against the underfunding, marketisation and deterioration [...]

Support Latvian union’s campaign against massive cuts

Our colleagues in LIZDA the union that represents higher eduation professionals in Latvia have drawn our attention to their campaign against massive budget cuts in education. As many of you may know, our colleagues in Latvia face a dramatic financial crises as the educational budget was cut by about 50 [...]

Branch campuses – union advice for members

Hi all,

Thanks to the CAUT for the helpful posting on the OBHE report on branch campuses (called offshores in the UK), the UCU has just published advice for members whose institutions set up such campuses. This follows on from pioneering work by the NTEU in this area.

To view the UCU advice, click here: [...]

Savage cuts to UK universities are a green light for private sector

Colleagues around the world may be aware of the massive cuts in UK higher education funding announced just before Christmas. On 22 December, the government announced that £135 million would be cut from higher education funding for 2010-11, on top of £180 million in “efficiency savings” that are already being implemented.

The context for these [...]

Branch Campuses: The Next Bubble?

Many universities and colleges in the mainly English-speaking developed countries are investing more and more of their resources into offshore operations, including branch campuses.  According to the UK-based  Observatory for Borderless Higher Education, there are now 162 branch campuses around the world, up by more than 40% since 2006.

Many of these “campuses” are joint-ventures [...]