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UNESCO 3rd World Conference on Higher Education

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

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The UNESCO Global Independent Expert Group will produce a report that will be presented at this UNESCO conference.

About the conference

The 3rd World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) will bring together relevant stakeholders to define and prepare a roadmap for a new era of higher education. This roadmap will respond to the challenges faced by humanity and the planet, with special attention to the global disruption created by the COVID-19. It will look at both the higher education systems (norms, policies, structures, stakeholders) and institutions (universities, specialized entities, networks).

UNESCO is organizing the WHEC2022 to offer new knowledge, innovative ideas creative alliances, and produce an enlarged and reinvigorated coalition of the global higher education community in favour of the 2030 Agenda for Development and beyond.

The WHEC2022 is organised by UNESCO with the generous support of the Government of Spain, the regional Government of Catalonia, the City Hall and the Regional Authority of Barcelona and in partnership with GUNi/ACUP.

When and where

The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference will take place on 18 to 20 May in Barcelona, Spain.


In-person participation for the Conference is by invitation only. All UNESCO Member States have been invited to nominate a delegation of up to four in-person participants to attend the Conference, including individuals from diverse backgrounds. Read more here.

Virtual participation is available to a select number of registered attendees who will be able to follow the discussions live on the Conference Platform. UNESCO National Commissions have been allocated a set number of online registrations to be disseminated amongst diverse participants in their country.

Furthermore, a limited number of spots for virtual attendance are available for the general public. Register for virtual attendance.

We thank you in advance for not over-crowding the online registration to help us ensure virtual attendance from a diverse range of participants, organizations and countries. Furthermore, if you manage to register for virtual attendance, we encourage you to arrange ‘watch parties’ so that several individuals can benefit from the online connection and follow the Conference live.

All session recordings will be accessible for the general public and will become available on demand following the Conference.


For additional information, please contact whec2022@unesco.org(link sends e-mail).