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

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 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

University of Relations and International Studies

1989 Tamaulipas Mexico G

University of the Arctic

UArctic 2001 Rovaniemi 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

Up With People

UWP 1965 Denver CO USA F

Up With People International Alumni Association

UWPIAA 1987 Tucson AZ USA E

Urban Climate Change Research Network

UCCRN New York NY USA G

Urban Knowledge Network Asia

UKNA 2016 Leiden Netherlands J

Urban Saints

Luton UK G

UroGynaecological Society of Australasia

UGSA 2010 Melbourne VIC Australia G

Uroterapeutisk Förening

UTF 1987 G

Ursulines de Tildonk

1818 Brussels Belgium R

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 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

Value Health Africa

VAHA Bamenda G

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Wageningen Netherlands G

Varkey Foundation

London UK N f

VAS-European Independent Foundation in Angiology/Vascular Medicine

VAS Milan D

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