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Title [Global issues]Milestone: The Global Convention on Higher Education will enter into force in early 2023
Date 2023-02-09
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9 December 2022

Imagine a world where students can easily move around and cross borders to pursue their studies. With the imminent entry into force of the Global Convention in 2023, this goal will be closer than ever.

On 5 December 2022, the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education welcomed its 19th and 20th ratifications when two Member States, Iceland and Andorra, deposited their instruments of ratification.  

The following states have now ratified the Global Convention: Andorra, Armenia, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Estonia, France, Holy See, Iceland, Japan, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Norway, Palestine, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Tunisia and United Kingdom. The ratification process continues as more and more Members States have initiated the ratification process of the Global Convention.

With a total number of 20 ratifications, UNESCO and its Member States mark a decisive turning point on the road to more inclusive and equitable higher education for all when the Global Convention enters into force and becomes legally binding for its States Parties in the early months of the new year 2023.

This happens three years after the Convention was adopted on 25 November 2019 by the General Conference as the first United Nations treaty on higher education with a global scope. For almost fifty years, UNESCO’s regional recognition conventions have facilitated academic mobility at the regional levelToday, more than half of the world’s six million mobile students are studying outside their home region, a number that is set to double in the next decade.

The 20 States Parties already host more than 1/6 of the world’s internationally mobile students. The Global Convention ensures that everyone’s qualifications are assessed in a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner. It will enhance mobility internationally and promote a spirit of recognition for all types of learners, opening a world of opportunities for students and qualifications holders worldwide.  

Reference :

[Activities] 2022 KAFSA/KADIA Summer Conference
[Global issues]The Tokyo Convention – A commitment to enduring and sustainable collaboration to improve mobility in Asia-Pacific