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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The Perils of Branch Campuses

As more and more universities and colleges seek out alleged fortunes overseas by setting up branch campuses, nagging questions linger about the financial stability of these ventures.  We are being told by governments and employers alike that money is scarce after all.  So surely our administrators are being careful about how they are spending their [...]

Labour rights to be protected at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus

Construction workers building New York University’s new Abu Dhabi campus will be guaranteed some basic protections under a deal announced earlier this month by the university.

NYU had been facing mounting criticism from human rights and labour organizations over the university’s controversial venture into the United Arab Emirates where the basic rights of workers are [...]

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: [...]

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 [...]