EI is the global voice of more than 3 million higher education and research staff in 100 national organisations. Together, we work to defend the rights and promote the advancement of all working in the sector.
EI actively champions higher education and research as a public service, and not a commercial enterprise. We advocate at the international level to ensure high-quality, accessibility, and the freedom of staff to teach and conduct research free from political, economic or other special interests.
EI promotes the academic and employment rights of staff by pressing for the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel. Adopted in 1997, this instrument provides clear protections for academic freedom, collegial governance, security of employment, and the right of staff to join trade unions and bargain collectively.
Higher education and research sector is witnessing a series of attacks which are threatening the principles of academic freedom and collegiality. The global trends towards commercialisation and marketisation threaten to compromise quality and equity. These trends must be reversed.
EI policy asserts that higher education and research must be publicly funded and administered, and accessible to all qualified students without financial or social barriers. We vigorously oppose privatisation and marketisation, the trade in education services and intellectual property, and the casualisation of employment.
EI advances the interests of higher education and research staff by working closely with UNESCO, the ILO and other UN bodies, and by lobbying international agencies such as the OECD, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organisation.
We campaign to support colleagues whose academic freedom and civil liberties are under attack, and we vigorously defend the trade union rights of member organisations.
EI builds solidarity and strength within the sector. We organize a biannual international conference to share best practice and to collectively confront the global challenges before us.
At the European level, EI is a consultative member of the Bologna Follow-up Group. Through its Higher Education and Research Standing Committee (HERSC), EI works to ensure academic staff play a key role in shaping the European Higher Education Area.
 IFHERC Conclusions
 EI/CAUT: “The Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza,” by David Robinson
 UCU-EI Publication "Academic Freedom International Study" by James Cemmell
 Constructing Paths to Staff Mobility in the European Higher Education Area by Conor Cradden
 Study on Accreditation in the framework of Evaluation Activities undertaken by Stefanie Schwarz and Don F. Westerheijden