The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022

News UNESCO Headquaters, Barcelona - 4th April 2022

TThe UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022

UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) aims at reshaping ideas and practices in higher education to ensure sustainable development for the planet and humanity.

In the view of the global health crisis, UNESCO World Higher Education Conference, initially planned to be held in 2021, will take place from 18 to 20 May 2022. The goals and strategic scope of the conference remain, and the new time frame represents an opportunity to deepen and expand our common efforts of knowledge production, policy dialogue, exchange, and networking. UNESCO considers the process of collective construction as the greatest richness of this conference, which aims to become a global conversation nurtured by diverse narratives on higher education.

UNESCO thanks all organisations and individuals that have already expressed interest and are working to collaborate with and substantively contribute to the WHEC and even beyond. We encourage those who have not yet consider engagement to do so and coordinate via the WHEC Secretariat:

The WHEC will maintain a hybrid format to provide opportunities for broad participation.

Information on participation and how to register for the conference will be made available shortly on this webpage.

Please note that you will only be able to do a pre-registration. UNESCO reserves the right to confirmation of the definitive registration, which will be carried out according to the participation criteria established for the Conference (regional representation, COVID measures and others).

All UNESCO Member States will be invited to attend the event and nominate a delegation of up to three, including participants from diverse backgrounds.

Organisations and alliances are invited to produce and share knowledge, research, practices or impactful ideas to enhance higher education institutions and systems, locally and internationally. The invitation is open to diverse entities (within and outside the UN system) willing to establish a partnership with UNESCO under the purpose and main themes of the WHEC2022.

Read the general contribution guidelines and download the related forms.
National Commissons: read the specific contribution guidelines and download the related forms
UNESCO Chairs and Networks: read the specific contribution guidelines and download the related forms
Youth engagement strategy
- presentation - concept note
- contribution guidelines and related forms
Survey for university professors
Life for university professors can be tough, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. This is why UNESCO is conducting a worldwide study to explore the critical factors behind work exhaustion and risk of burning out in university professors.
If you are a university professor, complete our survey and help UNESCO identify and create actionable strategies to prevent burnout and protect the wellbeing of professors at work.  
Results will be presented at the Conference and you can be a part of this important initiative. Your response will contribute to improving the lives of thousands of professors worldwide. Do not miss out on this opportunity!
Participate in the Higher education conversations: UNESCO is organizing a series of conversations on higher education in the leadup to the Conference. Learn more.

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