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

Universidad Centroamericana, Managua

UCA 1960 Managua Nicaragua G

Universidad de Iberoamérica

San José Costa Rica G

Universidad de las Américas

UDLA 1940 Mexico City Mexico G

Universidad Iberoamericana, México

UIA 1943 Mexico City Mexico G

Universidad Internacional de la Américas

UIA 1986 San José Costa Rica N

Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo

UIMP 1932 Madrid Spain N

Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnologia

ULACIT 1987 San José Costa Rica G

Universidad Latinoamericana, México DF

ULA 1976 Mexico City Mexico N

Universidad Panamericana, Mexico

1967 Mexico City Mexico N

Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana

UNITEC 1987 Tegucigalpa Honduras G

Universidad Tecnológica Intercontinental

UTIC Fernando de la Mora Paraguay G

Universidade Internacional da Paz

UNIPAZ 1987 Florianópolis Brazil F

Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, Brussel

UCOS 1980 Brussels Belgium G

Universitaire Stichting voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking

USOS 1985 Antwerp Belgium G f

Universitas 21

1997 Birmingham UK F

Universitatea Libera Internationala din Moldova

ULIM 1992 Chisinau Moldova G

Universitätszentrum für Friedensforschung, Wien

UZF 1973 Vienna Austria G

Université catholique d'Afrique centrale

UCAC 1989 Yaoundé Cameroon J

Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille

1969 Marseille France G

Université européenne du volontariat

UEV 1993 Lyon France K

Université Européenne Jean Monnet

1995 Brussels Belgium G

Université internationale d'été, Nice

UIE Nice France N

Université internationale de langue française au service du développement africain à Alexandrie d'Egypte

Université Senghor 1989 Alexandria Egypt F

Université libre des pays des Grands Lacs

ULPGL 1990 Goma Congo DR G

Université libre internationale de Bruxelles

ULI Brussels Belgium G

Université Numérique Francophone des Sciences de la Santé et du Sport

UNF3S 2003 Lille France G

Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale

UNFM 2003 Saint-Maurice G

Université sans frontière

USF 1990 Semoy France G

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines


Universities Caribbean

1967 Kingston Jamaica D y

Universities Council on Water Resources

UCOWR 1962 Carbondale IL USA N

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

UFAW 1926 Wheathampstead UK G

Universities Fighting World Hunger

UFWH 2004 Auburn AL USA J

Universities of Applied Sciences Network

UASNET Brussels Belgium F

Universities Space Research Association

USRA 1969 Columbia MD USA D

University Association for Contemporary European Studies

UACES 1968 London UK D

University Council for Educational Administration

UCEA 1959 Charlottesville VA USA G

University for Peace

UPEACE 1980 San José Costa Rica F g

University Industry Innovation Network

UIIN 2012 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

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