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The Global Labour University celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014

Starting with a pilot master program for trade unionists at the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics and Law in 2004, the Global Labour University (GLU) has now similar master programs on five continents: South Africa (WITS), India (TISS), Brazil (UNICAMP)United States (PennState) and Germany (Kassel University/Berlin School of Economics and Law). At its 10th anniversary the GLU can proudly point to 304 graduates from its master programs and 63 graduates from its short-term ENGAGE program. The fact that more than 75% of the graduates have stayed with the trade union movement or are working as researchers on labor issues is even more gratifying. The alumni of these programs have formed a vibrant international community of labor activists. The GLU looks forward to another 10 years of training trade unionists on relevant policy issues for the labor movement.

Statements from GLU Alumni

„…the Labour Policies and Globalisation study program demands that its participants have one eye on the issues and problems of the trade unions in his/her home country and the other on global issues. In many cases problems are interconnected“

Alumnae Donna McGuire, Australia

Donna McGuire works as a freelance researcher and advisor for the labour and broader non-government sector, Internationally and in Germany and Australia. The former English teacher, journalist and activist in the Australian union movement is a graduate of the GLU Masters programme 'Labour Policies and Globalisation’ in Germany. After her studies she returned to her union in Australia but her desire to learn more about the challenges facing the labour movement globally brought her back to Kassel to undertake doctoral research as a member of the Global Social Policies and Governance (GSPG) Graduate College. Her research focuses on analysing union power, opportunity and strategic capability to influence international trade policy.  Her book Re-Framing Trade (Read) has subsequently been published by the Rainer Hampp Verlag. Click here for visiting her website.


“The Global Labour University offered me the utmost opportunity that canever be available to a trade unionist. It tremendously enhanced my intellectual and research capacity and understanding of the current challenges facing labour in the neoliberal globalisation era. I am now very confident and strongly believe I can make a difference not only for the labour movement in my home country of Zimbabwe but also for the global labour movement.”

GLU Alumnus, University of Wits, South Africa