Global Labour University

What is GLU?

The Global Labour University (GLU) offers high-quality education programs for trade unionists and other activists focusing on labour policies responding to the challenges of globalisation. The organisation engages in research and publication on how this globalisation impacts the world of work. 

GLU operates as a network of trade unions, universities and the ILO to deliver international master programmes, leadership training and massive open online courses (MOOCs) on topics such as workers' rights, social justice, economics and global governance.

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Project concept

Our mission


The Global Labour University aims to increase the intellectual and strategic capacity of workers’ organisations and to establish stronger working relationships between trade unions, the ILO, and the scientific community. It bolsters trade union capacity and competence to advocate for Social Justice and Decent Work in the workplace, both nationally and internationally.

Furthermore, GLU delivers high-level qualification programs. It offers Masters’s Courses in four different countries on trade unions, sustainable development, social justice, international labour standards, multinational companies, economic policies and global institutions and promotes research cooperation on global labour issues.

This is a unique opportunity to think about ways towards greater solidarity, freedom and social justice in a deeply unfair and divided world. Trade unionists also have a chance to further qualify their staff or recruit new experts. The global dimension of GLU provides an innovative framework for research and policy development in a truly multicultural, multiregional and multidisciplinary environment.

After launching the first course in Germany in 2004 the MA programmes are now also offered in South Africa, Brazil, India, and since 2014, in the US .

South-South cooperation

Today, many innovative responses to global challenges are developed by countries from the Global South. Productive knowledge transfer can no longer be conceptualized as a North-South process- it requires new forms of global cooperation.

South-South arrangements enable countries from the South to learn from each other and to develop policy responses that fit better with their needs. The ILO is committed to the further promotion of South-South and triangular cooperation. With these efforts, it supports the work of the GLU.

Rooted in a strong community

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