EI is the voice of academics worldwide, representing 100 national organisations that, all together, give voice to more than 3 million university and research personnel working in the higher education and research sector. Committed to strengthening its membership base in this sector and in building both regional and global co-ordination and networking, EI promotes the advancement of higher education and research, in particular through the implementation of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel.
Among the issues that most concern education personnel working in the sector, EI strongly defends the exercise of academic freedom, the protection of intellectual property rights, the advancement of terms and conditions of employment linked to the right of all education personnel to collective bargaining. EI is also deepening its work on the sensitive issue of brain drain/brain gain.
The EI Pan European Structure has been recognised as a consultative member of the Bologna Follow-Up Group (BFUG) at the Bergen Ministerial Conference in 2005 - through this official recognition, academics are now on track. The BFUG consists of ministries responsible for of higher education, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and representatives of academic staff, students and rectors. The group reviews and pushes the process forwards. For more information about the Bologna Process visit click here.