Today over 5,3 million students are pursuing their higher education abroad. This represents 2 out of every 100 students, and half of them are studying outside their home region. The rapid growth in international mobility at the university level is likely to continue.
In November 2019, the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education was adopted by the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference, making it the first United Nations treaty on higher education with a global scope.
The Global Convention is designed to facilitate international academic mobility and promote the right of individuals to have their higher education qualifications evaluated through fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manners.
It aims to expand access to higher education around the world by facilitating international exchanges of students, teachers, researchers and job-seekers. The Global Convention will also strengthen international cooperation in higher education and contribute to raising its quality worldwide.
UNESCO is calling on Member States to ratify the Global Convention on Higher Education and help make international academic mobility and the recognition of qualifications a reality for millions around the world.