EUA is primarily concerned with the status of higher education as a tradable service and the extent to which it might feature in international trade agreements. A number of such agreements are currently being prepared, of which the most politically significant and the most controversial is TTIP. Others are: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) recently concluded between the EU and Canada, details of which are officially to be made public in September; the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
These are consequences of failure of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to liberalise world trade on a multilateral basis. In the higher education sector, the prevailing climate resembles that which existed thirteen years ago, when institutions on both sides of the Atlantic were concerned whether HE would feature in the WTO’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).