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World Access to Higher Education Day 2020:

Following a successful launch event held remotely on 27th July, we are looking forward to hosting our third World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) event.  This year’s WAHED conference will be held online on 17th November.

WAHED 2020 is set to be our most exciting 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 and builds on the success of WAHED 2019, which:

  • Held over 35 events in 15 countries around the world
  • Was proudly supported by 124 registered institutional and organisational supporters
  • Held flagship conferences in the Australia, the UK, and Ireland, attracting delegates from over 25 countries
  • Published a follow up research piece – “‘Measuring the Impact of Equity Promotion Policies: Lessons from National and Institutional Case Studies”

This year’s conference series will be entitled WAHED 2020 Global Conference Series: Access and Success in the Post Pandemic world.

We are pleased to confirm WAHED regional co-ordinators for the Global Conference programme as below:

Further organisations and speakers for the event are set to be confirmed during September. 

For more information on getting involved with WAHED contact us now at

Latest News

HRH The Duchess of Sussex releases statement of support on World Access to Higher Education Day 2019

Our Supporters

Find out about our 70+ institutional and organisational supporters here.

Twitter : CANADA :- Canadian universities and colleges across the country are coming together to facilitate a national conversation to develop concrete actions for change in higher education and communities #equity #inclusion #CommunityEngagement

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 network of 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. Please read our latest announcement about how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect this year’s WAHED. Click here.

To make a difference we need your support

Take a look at the events that were held during WAHED 2018 and 2019.

What will you do in 2020?

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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