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World Access to Higher Education Day 2020:

Following a successful launch event held remotely on 27th July, we held our third World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) event on the 17th November 2020.  Next year’s WAHED conference will be held online on Wednesday 17th November 2021.

WAHED 2020 was our most ambitious event to date, taking the form of a series of consecutive global conferences each led by an organisation committed to equitable access to Higher Education in a specific continent that built on the success of previous iterations of WAHED.

The conference series was entitled WAHED24 – Global Conference Series: Access and Success in the Post Pandemic world.

For further details on WAHED24, recordings of all sessions, and details of the partner organisations that led our conferences please see below:

WAHED24 – A Global Conference Series

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World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) 17th November 2020 – Access and Success in the Post-Pandemic World

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Great to see #WAHED2020 featured in the latest newsletter from @asefedu. Many thanks to them for hosting our Asia event as part of WAHED24 #highered #equity #edutwitter

New Research Released

New research released on WAHED 2019 explores which global equity promotion policies are most successful, and assesses the circumstances under which some policies work better than others.



In every country in the world where we have evidence, over 90% of countries, participation in higher education (HE) is unequal.


Across 76 of the lowest income countries, the poorest people are 20 times less likely to complete a HE course than the richest.


Across 23 countries of the OECD, a child’s chances of participating in tertiary education are twice as high if at least one of their parents has completed upper-secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education.

Higher education is contributing to global inequality as much as it is addressing it. It is time to act.

To make a difference we need your support. You can become part of the day by joining the dialogue through our global conferences, hosting an event that supports access and success in higher education, supporting our student voices campaign by sharing access success stories or student case studies and by signing up your organisation as a World Access to Higher Education Day supporter.

To make a difference we need your support

Take a look at the events that were previously held to celebrate World Access to Higher Education Day

What will you do in 2021?

Register as a supporter for WAHED and join our growing list of supporters.

Our Planning Supporters

These supporting organisations are aiding us in planning for the day and are located all across the world.





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