Welcome to the Online Academy of the Global Labour University

The Global Labour University Online Academy is a virtual campus debating ideas for social justice and a fairer globalisation. Launched in 2014, the Online Academy has become a pioneer in online trade union education providing users from across the world with an opportunity to learn more about labour issues through an approach, which combines theoretical knowledge and practical skills for cooperation and action. Our Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are developed in close cooperation between universities, the ILO, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and the trade union movement.

As of August 2020, our online courses have recorded over 19,500 participants. They come mainly from trade unions, but also from labour-support organisations, universities and research institutions, regional and international organisations, and even from the governments, private companies and corporations.

The development of the online courses has benefitted from the financial support of various organisations such as the ILO, FES, DGB-BW and GiZ.  

Key features

• In each online course, the participants can study for free, at any time and at their own pace.

• Once the participant completes the course, s/he can obtain an official certificate from the GLU and iversity.

  • The Certificate of Participation costs 19 € / 29 € and it can be purchased at any time after the completion of the course; and
  • The Certificate of Accomplishment costs 49 € and can be purchased only in certain periods of the year when the Academy runs the online exam.
  • Participants from non-OECD countries and trade unionists from OECD countries may receive a scholarship voucher for either of the two certificates.
  • To apply for a scholarship, send an email to online(at)global-labour-university.org, specifying your organisation and your country.

• Each chapter takes around 3-4 hours to complete the videos, answer the quiz questions and read at least
   one reading material.

• All the materials of the online courses, including the videos, can be downloaded and used offline.

• The online course materials can be integrated into trade union education.

All our courses are available in the Global Labour University Online Academy

For any other query or suggestion, contact the coordinator of the GLU Online Academy here: online(at)global-labour-university.org