28 April 2022

RTE has been been working on the right to higher education for some years, and we are delighted to announce that we will be participating in three events in and around UNESCO’s World Higher Education Conference (WHEC 2022), in addition to publishing two key documents. 

WHEC 2022 will be held in Barcelona on the 18-20 May, in an online-hybrid format. We will be participating in the following conference and side events:

  • May 10: Online roundtable on inequalities in higher education in France. This session will bring together students, researchers, French politicians and representatives of the higher education ministry to discuss the issues of territorial inequalities, privatisation and education financing. Register here (please note: the event will be held in French)

  • May 16: online roundtable discussion on ‘The impact of privatisation on inequalities in higher education: comparative perspectives'. This session will bring together researchers from Latin America and west Africa, and will be moderated by RTE. Registration link to follow.

  • May 19: Roundtable conference event co-organized with UNESCO on new approaches on the right to higher education. The roundtable will bring together world renowned experts and organisational partners with a shared commitment to elevating the right to higher education. Registration link to follow.


During the event on the 19 May, two soon-to-be published papers will be presented: 

  • Knowledge document on the right to higher education, co-developed with UNESCO

  • Knowledge document on the right to higher education in the French context, with a focus on territorial inequalities and privatisation 


In addition, during the conference we will hold a pre-launch event of our Monitoring Guide on the Right to Higher Education - a dynamic document which facilitates systematic data collection on the realisation of this right, and guidance on how and who to report to. 

These events and the publication of our research and tools reflects the culmination of years of collaboration, research and activity. We are delighted to have the opportunity to engage new audiences and discuss the fundamental issue of the right to higher education over the coming weeks.

Stay tuned to our social media feeds and the higher education section of our website for more updates on timings.