Role of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the Field of Higher Education Research

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The main UN agency and its affiliated centers, institutes, networks, and regional agencies that focus on conducting research and producing policy papers on issues related to higher education.

The Role of UNESCO in the Field of Higher Education Research

As the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education, the United Nations’ Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) policy and research focuses on protecting higher education as a human right (UN n.d.). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, established in 1948, states “higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit” (UN 1948, Article 26, paragraph 1). To further this idea, in 1960, the UN created the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which states “higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational LeadershipThe George Washington UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Leadership, Higher and Adult EducationUniversity of Toronto OISETorontoCanada