Global Labour University

Building Global Solidarity with the Alumni Network

Scholars, trade union leaders and former students of the Global Labour University Programs are invited to become members of an Alumni & Friends Network. The members are informed regularly about the latest GLU developments.

Regardless of where they come from and in which sector they work, they are a vital part of the GLU. They spearhead the project of fostering international solidarity in the world of work and join various campaigns and events. 

One of the noteworthy aspects of the network is its international composition with over 71 countries represented in the network. Approximately, 75% of alumni come from the global South, predominantly from Africa. 

About the Alumni Network

Since the foundation of the GLU in 2004, more than 1,000 unionists and labour experts graduated with a master’s degree from the seven partner universities in South Africa ( Wits ), India ( JNU and TISS ), Brazil ( UNICAMP ), the United States ( PennState ) and Germany ( Kassel University / Berlin School of Economics and Law ).

The alumni of the GLU programs are forming a vibrant international community of trade unionists, labour researchers and activists. The GLU looks forward to many more years of training trade unionists on relevant policy issues for the labour movement. For this reason, organisations keep in touch with their alumni regardless of where they work and reside. 

A 2017-2018 survey among GLU alumni indicates a significant increase in either trade union participation generally or an advancement in the personal and professional standing within the trade union movement following participation in a GLU programme. This is also evident in various testimonials

Well-known scholars, trade union leaders and former students of the Global Labour University Programs will be invited to become members of the Network. The members will be informed regularly about GLU activities and will be asked to give advice and assistance to the organisation.

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Staying in touch

In case you would like to benefit from the study experiences of former GLU students, you can contact some of them directly via the addresses below. 

GLU Alumni Database

We are trying to keep your data up-to-date in our database. Please use the link below to update your data. In case you want to know about your current data saved, please send a request to 


Student Co-advisor

If you are willing to become an informal co-advisor for current GLU students, please complete this survey. Below, you can download the list (Excel file) of all co-adviser alumni & their data provided through the survey. 

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