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UNITWIN and Social and Human Sciences

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Since its inception in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme in the Social and Human Sciences has established more than 160 university Chairs and networks, to enhance academic solidarity and excellence in both North-South and South-South relations.
This critical mass of international academic partnerships has given rise to the creation of a wide range of new interdisciplinary degree courses focusing on issues of high social complexity, such as human rights, democracy and peace sustainable development, social transformations and prospective studies, bioethics, philosophy.

The programme is designed to have a significant impact on the careers of future professionals trained in the human development sciences.

Graduates of programmes conceptualised within this frame should be effective team members, - leaders, participants and consultants in designing public policy, which serves the well-being of society. Drawing upon the existing UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs programme in the social sciences with its components geared to the needs of NGOs, and disadvantaged citizen groups; academic solidarity shall play its full role in broadened North-South and South-South networking. A full range of exposure-to-learning-by-doing strategies shall be included into tailored curricula based on careful sector analysis.
The UNESCO Chairs with their typical range of activities, such as international symposia, short-term intensive training courses and outreach programmes geared to different stakeholder groups of society often have managed to overcome traditional institutional barriers and to work towards better university integration, both in terms of inter-faculty cooperation and administration. Especially in developing countries, the international scope of the educational offer has been substantially enriched through visiting professorships, staff retooling courses, joint didactic development and improvement of interdisciplinary methodology. The strategic value of networking has helped universities all over the globe to pool their resources, both human and material. Furthermore, universities have been tied to the priorities spelled out by the U.N. and especially UNESCO, through active participation in major U.N. ventures, such as the thematic world summits.


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