Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

University Institute of European Studies

1985 Bellaterra Spain G j

University Institute of European Studies, Torino

1952 Turin Italy G j

University Institute of Oriental Studies

1732 Naples Italy G j

University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific

UMAP 1993 New Taipei City Taiwan F y

University Mobility in the Indian Ocean Region

UMIOR 2000 Hyderabad India G

University Network of the European Capitals of Culture

UNeECC 2006 Sibiu Romania E

University of Asia and the Pacific

1967 Pasig City Philippines G

University of Central Asia

UCA 2000 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan D

University of Eurasian Theatre

1990 Scilla Italy G

University of International Business and Economics

UIBE 1951 Beijing China G

University of Peace, Namur

1960 Namur Belgium G

University of Relations and International Studies

1989 Tamaulipas Mexico G

University of the Arctic

UArctic 2001 Rovaniemi Finland D

University of the South Pacific

USP 1967 Suva Fiji F g

University of the West Indies

UWI 1948 F g

University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent

1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan N

University Research Corporation International

URCI College Park MD USA G

University Space Engineering Consortium

UNISEC Global 2013 Tokyo Japan C y

University Women of Asia

UWA 1986 Singapore Singapore E

University Women of Europe

UWE 1981 Paris France E

UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

UNU-CRIS 2001 Bruges Belgium E j

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research

UNU-WIDER 1984 Helsinki Finland E j

Up With People

UWP 1965 Denver CO USA F

Up With People International Alumni Association

UWPIAA 1987 Denver CO USA E

Urban Climate Change Research Network


Urban Knowledge Network Asia

UKNA 2016 Leiden Netherlands J

Urban Saints

Luton UK G

Ursulines de Tildonk

1818 Brussels Belgium R

US Civilian Research and Development Foundation

CRDF 1995 Arlington VA USA G f

US Global Change Research Information Office

GCRIO 1990 Washington DC USA G g

Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network

1990 Des Plaines IL USA N

USAID/SADC/IITA/CIP Southern Africa Root Crops Research Network

SARRNET 1993 Nampula Mozambique F

USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education

1994 Los Angeles CA USA G fj

Usher Study Group

1985 Epsom UK G

Utrecht Centre for International Legal Studies

UCILS 1955 Utrecht Netherlands G j

Utrecht Network

1987 Bologna Italy F

UWC Atlantic College

1962 Llantwit Major UK G

UWC Red Cross Nordic

RCNUWC 1995 Flekke Norway G

UWI Medical Alumni Association

UWIMAA Kingston Jamaica E

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Wageningen Netherlands G

Varkey Foundation

London UK N f

Veille européenne et citoyenne sur les autoroutes de l'information et le multimédia

VECAM Paris France G

Verein für Sprach- und Kulturaustausch in Mittel-, Ost- und Südosteuropa

MitOst 1996 Berlin Germany G

Verification Research, Training and Information Centre

VERTIC 1986 London UK G

Veritas College International

VCI 1992 Harpenden UK G

Veterinary Education Worldwide

ViEW 2004 Bristol UK D

Veterinary European Transnational Network for Nursing Education and Training


VIA Don Bosco

1969 Brussels Belgium E

Victoria International Development Education Association

VIDEA 1978 Victoria BC Canada G

Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism

SICSA 1982 Jerusalem Israel G