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The work of the Global Student Forum would not be possible without the support of our strategic partners, critical friends and allies.

The Magna Charta Observatory (MCO) and the Global Student Forum (GSF) at the 2023 Magna Charta Universitatum Anniversary

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.

OSF provides thousands of grants every year through a network of national and regional foundations and offices, funding a vast array of projects— many of them now shaped by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education International

Education International is the voice of teachers and other education employees around the globe. It promotes the principle that quality education, funded publicly, should be available to every student in every country regardless of race. Education International advocates for equity in society by working to combat xenophobia and racism, and challenging discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and racial or ethnic origin or characteristics.

In addition, Education International assists the development of independent democratic organizations to represent teachers and other education employees that represent and promote the interests of teachers and other education employees on the international level. The organisation also works with other global federations of unions to promote and achieve solidarity in education.

100 Million Campaign

The 100 Million campaign is a call to action for a world where all young people are free, safe and educated.

100 Million supports young people to mobilise to end violence against children, eradicate child labour, and ensure education, breaking the cycles of illiteracy, poverty and violence for good. Inspired by the strength and impact of former child slaves who have now become successful activists and rescuers themselves, 100 Million supports and empowers youth mobilisation, and aims to increase global compassion and understanding to create a world where all young people are safe and learning in school, not earning to survive.

Global Campaign for Education

Global Campaign for Education is an international coalition of non-governmental organizations, working to promote children’s and adult education through research and advocacy. It was formed in 1999 as a partnership between NGOs that were separately active in the area, including ActionAid, Oxfam, Education International, Global March Against Child Labour and national networks in around 80 countries including Bangladesh and Brazil.

Scholars at Risk

Scholars at Risk (SAR) is a U.S.-based international network of academic institutions organized to support and defend the principles of academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars around the world. Network membership includes over 530 higher education institutions in 42 countries.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences and culture. It has 193 member states and 12 associate members, as well as partners in the non-governmental, intergovernmental and private sector. Headquartered in Paris, France, UNESCO has 53 regional field offices and 199 national commissions that facilitate its global mandate.


The UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) was created by the UNESCO General Conference in 1997, replacing the Regional Center for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (CRESALC for its Spanish abbreviation) established in 1974. It is the sole specialized institute of the United Nations system with the mission to contribute to the improvement of higher education in member States.

The core mission of the Institute is to contribute to the development of national higher education systems and institutions in member states, by ensuring their sustained relevance, quality, efficiency and equity and promoting regional and international cooperation and the participation of all actors involved.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution or war at home.
Since 1950, we have faced multiple crises on multiple continents, and provided vital protection and assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people, many of whom have nobody left to turn to.

Magna Charta Observatory

Based in Bologna, the Observatory monitors the status of institutional autonomy and academic freedom worldwide and works to uphold the principles contained with the Magna Charta Universitatum. The Magna Charta Universitatum (Great Charter of Universities) is a short two-page document signed in Bologna, Italy in 1988 explicitly defining key principles underpinning the existence of universities such as academic freedom and institutional autonomy. The document is signed by higher education institutions with the aim to recognize and celebrate university traditions and to encourage cooperation among European universities. The document is intended to serve as a universal inspiration and is as such open to universities throughout the world and not only those located in Europe.

International Association of Universities

The International Association of Universities (IAU) is a membership-led non-governmental organization working in the field of higher education. It comprises more than 600 higher education institutions and organizations in over 130 countries. IAU is an official partner of UNESCO. The IAU secretariat is based in Paris and is located at the headquarters of UNESCO.
IAU was created under the auspices of UNESCO on 9 December 1950 during the International Conference of Universities in Nice. Its goal was and remains to encourage cooperation among institutions of higher education worldwide.


The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) is an international quality assurance body. It works closely with national accreditation bodies, including the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the US, and other coordinating bodies, such as the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (EQNA) in Europe, and with academicians to control educational quality in around 140 countries, and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.


ActionAid is an international non-governmental organization whose stated primary aim is to work against poverty and injustice worldwide. ActionAid is a federation of 45 country offices that works with communities, often via local partner organisations, on a range of development issues. It was founded in 1972 by Cecil Jackson-Cole as a child sponsorship charity (originally called Action in Distress) when 88 UK supporters sponsored 88 children in India and Kenya, the primary focus being is providing children with an education, further the human rights for all, assisting people that are in poverty, assisting those who face discrimination, and also assist people who face injustice. ActionAid works with over 15 million people in 45 countries.

Oxfam Denmark

The purpose of Oxfam is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty. Oxfam Denmark is part of a global movement for change, one that empowers people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty.

United Nations Education and Academia Stakeholder Group

The Education and Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG) brings together human rights-based education civil society organisations as well as academia organisations and networks that work on the right to education, which self-organise to engage with the monitoring and review of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Group is organised by the Global Student Forum, Global Campaign for Education, and the International Council for Adult Education.

Global Student Government

The Global Student Government works in the interest of subject-based student governments to promote their interests and build a community of organisations across the world.

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