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The Global Labour University

The Global Labour University (GLU) network is an international initiative by trade unions and universities offering postgraduate training for mid-career trade unionists, officials in labour service organisations, and related areas.

The Africa site of the GLU is the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Since 2007, it has offered a coursework Masters programme (available both full-time and part-time); from 2012, it will also offer an Honours degree. These degrees are in the field of Labour Policy and Globalisation.

For information on the structure of the GLU Masters in South Africa, please click here.

For more information on applications to GLU in South Africa, please click here.

For a brochure on the GLU Masters, please click here.

The GLU programme has jointly developed by universities and workers organisations from around the world, and are aimed at candidates who have experience with labour and social movements, and who are willing to assist organisations in these fields to engage more effectively in social dialogue, public debate, and policy implementation. Participants will analyse and discuss in a multi-disciplinary fashion the challenges of globalisation from a labour and trade union perspective. The programmes offer a multi-cultural and multi-regional environment with students and lecturers coming from developing, transition and industrialised countries.

Since the Global Labour University was established in 2004, students from about 50 countries have studied in one of the GLU Masters programmes. Besides the programme at Wits, there are courses in Germany (Kassel/Berlin), Brazil (Campinas, the state of São Paulo) and India (Mumbai).

Women are strongly encouraged to participate.

Applicants should, as a rule, not be older than 40 years old.

The Global Labour University is supported by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung (HBS), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ). A limited number of scholarships are available. The endorsement by a trade union is a requirement for a scholarship. The scholarship is conditional on a contribution of 1500 Euro from the supporting trade union or another donor.

Course language is English.

The programmes are implemented in cooperation with the wider GLU network by the following organisations:

Lecturer/s in Compulsory Units: Edward Webster, Noor Nieftagodien, Seeraj Mahomed

Lecturer/s in Electives: Sakhela Buhlungu, Lucien Van der Walt, Devan Pillay, Bridget Kenny, Andries Bezuidenhout, Michelle Williams, Phil Bonner, Sheila Meintjes, Shireen Hassim, Peter Delius, Samuel Kariuki.

Call for Papers 2011


Final Call_For_Paper_GLU_Conference_2011.doc [.04MB word Doc]