Studyportals builds a future where NO-one will be missing out on an education opportunity due to a lack of information. We pledge to assist students globally in their journey to find their best-fit study programme, help universities to be discovered by the right students and institutions to make data-driven decisions.


Eindhoven, Netherlands
Private sector company
Established : 2009
Education and COVID-19 Response

Support the equitable continuation of learning
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensure a full and fair return to education
Following the pandemic
Strengthen learning systems
For the future
Close digital divides and enhance connectivity for education

There is a massive and diverse set of global obstacles for education access. The global pandemic has widened that divide. However, an increasing amount of learning opportunities arise daily of a broading nature, some particularly geared to mitigate these obstacles e.g., zero/low-cost options, low-bandwith, work-and-learn solutions, online education, competency-based learning, adaptive learning, all types of blended forms and so on.

One of the biggest obstacles however is often overlooked: awareness and information. Many students faced with an obstacle do not have the information of the offer out there that would actually mitigate that obstacle. Some do have a hunch but not the confidence it could work for them.

We pledge to eliminate the information obstacle. Through comprehensive data, transparency and user-friendly search and 'best fit’ tool, making sure there is a future where no one needs to be missing on an education opportunity due to a lack of information.

Regional Focus


Countries of Interest

United States of America, Netherlands, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Germany, Australia

Member Video

Studyportals is the biggest education choice platform in the world, helping students worldwide to find and compare study options across borders, for free. Studyportals offers detailed information and personalized suggestions about over 200k study programmes from more than 3,7k universities from 226 countries and territories around the globe. Our mission is to empower the world to choose education.
In time where mobility has been strongly comprised and student recruitment has shifted abruptly and beyond, Studyportals can advance this GEC’s missions:

To facilitate all applicable online and distance learning higher education providers the possibility to list their English-taught programmes pro bono on Studyportals’ platforms.

To provide students worldwide, transparency in their study choice and get an overview of all their English-taught HE possibilities.

To provide governments, UNESCO and/or other relevant bodies the possibility to gain data and intelligence of the specific learning needs in their country/area as well as the situation on the offer, and beyond via Studyportals’ intelligence services (insights specific markets)

To provide insights to UNESCO on a global level and global views on trends.

Collaborate in setting up webinars helping Universities & Leadership and align with other GEC members during this Pandemic and afterwards.

Action areas

Learner Wellbeing

Learning opportunities

Digital Learning Content

Establish and expand repositories of learning resources
Develop or provide free and contextually appropriate learning content
Build or strengthen learning platforms

Capacity Development

Capacity development to support distance learning
Capacity development to manage the reopening and return to education

Advocacy and Communication

Assess the short-term impact of educational disruption
Evaluate the effectiveness of distance learning strategies

Primary Contact

Ms. Natasja van der Velden

Executive Assistant

Senior Contact

Mr. Edwin van Rest

CEO and co-founder