The Global Labour University
International Masters Programmes
for Trade Unionists
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The Masters programmes will support trade unions to substantially improve their intellectual profile by building a channel for the development of qualified trade union leaders as well as supporting the recruitment of younger experts. The global network will provide a unique possibility of research and policy development in a truly multicultural and multiregional environment. The curriculum of a pilot Masters course was developed in 2003/04, starting in Germany in 2004/05, followed by Masters courses in Africa (South Africa 2007) and Latin America (Brazil 2008). In the following years the programme will be disseminated to other universities in Asia and North America. Whenever possible, students from all regions will be represented in the courses. Global workshops, conferences, publications and internet working groups, will facilitate genuine global dialogue and sustainable international networks.
Gender issues will be given high priority in the curriculum. Strong women representation at the courses will ensure that the gender perspective becomes an integrated part of the discussion processes and research activities.
The governance structure of the Global Labour University network will be based on partnership between the ILO, the national and international trade union movement, and the partner universities.