International status


ICDE is an NGO (non-governmental organization) having consultative status with UNESCO, and works together with UNESCO in the service of international cooperation and development.

This status grants ICDE’s members a voice at UNESCO, while obliging ICDE to acquaint its members with UNESCO programmes activities and achievements pertaining to open and distance education. ICDE has been formally affiliated to UNESCO since 1967.

“Consultative partnership is designed to enable UNESCO to establish and maintain flexible and dynamic partnerships with any organization of civil society that is active in UNESCO’s fields of competence at whatever level, and to benefit from its expertise, the representativeness of its networks for the dissemination of information and, if appropriate, its operational capacities in the field.” (Source: UNESCO)


ICDE also has a highly active membership base in Asia, and the organization is duly proud of its status as affiliate member of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), recognizing ICDE’s willingness to promote cooperation among Southeast Asian nations through education, science and culture. 

Memoranda of Understanding 

Interuniversity Federation of Distance Education (FIED)

The Interuniversity Federation of Distance Education (FIED), recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research) and ICDE have a Memorandum of Understanding on FIED supporting the representation of ICDE at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Open Education Consortium 

Open Education Consortium (former OpenCourseWare Consortium) is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education. ICDE and Open Education Consortium share a Memorandum of Understanding, where the two organizations agree to collaborate with each other. 







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