Global Labour University

GLU Online Academy

Connecting activists and workers worldwide

The Global Labour University Online Academy (GLU Online Academy) offers decentralised, globally-connected learning spaces for workers and trade unionists. The online courses developed by labour academics and activists are combined with webinars and localized workshops, supported by a global team of certified trainers.

Thousands of participants from across the globe are connecting through these learning spaces in vibrant debates about social and environmental justice, workers' rights, political freedom and democracy. In addition, Online Academy has assembled a Global Team of Trainers and Tutors and Regional Teams of Trainers to support its model of online education. 

Founded in 2014, the GLU Online Academy remains a pioneer in online education for trade unionists and labour activists reaching a combined number of over 27,000 participants. Its online courses are also available in languages​​ other than English, including Bangla, French, Hindi, Khmer, Russian, Spanish, Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian (BCMS), Turkish and Vietnamese.

The development of the online courses has benefited from the financial support of various organizations such as the ILO, FES, DGB-BW, GiZ, BMZ and ICDD.

Below you can find all of our available MOOCs, in many different languages. You can also visit our iversity page to see our offers and join a LinkedIn or Facebook group to keep up with the latest developments. 

Free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

When? You can attend these courses at any time and study at your own pace.

Where? Wherever you are, all you need is only an internet connection and an eagerness to learn more.

For Whom? Trade unionists, labour activists, labour educators, labour researchers, NGOs and everybody else interested in the topics.

Costs? All courses are free. Once you complete the course, you can obtain an official certificate and under specified requirements, a scholarship voucher for it. 

Certified Trainers and Tutors

Since 2021, the Online Academy has started the process of developing teams of local trainers and online tutors to support its model of online education.  By conducting localised workshops on topics of the online courses, these trainers are creating new spaces for engagement and social learning.

This project has also led to the establishment of new Regional Teams of Trainers (RTT) in Africa and Latin America, which expanded the ranks of GTTT. 

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