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About the UIS 


The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is the statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The Institute produces the data and methodologies to monitor trends at national and international levels. It delivers comparative data for countries at all stages of development to provide a global perspective on education, science and technology, culture, and communication.


Based in Montreal (Canada), the UIS was established in 1999 with functional autonomy to meet the growing need for reliable and policy-relevant data. The Institute serves Member States, UNESCO and the UN system, as well as a range of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutes and universities.  


The Institute is hosted by the Université de Montréal at the Montreal's École des hautes études commerciales (HEC Montréal).


Learn more about the director of the UIS, Dr. Silvia Montoya.


    Key services:


    • Collecting and disseminating statistics in education, science and technology, culture, and communication;
    • Setting and applying standards to compare data internationally;
    • Helping Member States to improve the quality and analysis of their data;
    • Monitoring progress towards international development goals, especially concerning gender; 
    • Designing new indicators to better reflect the policy needs of developing countries; and
    • Promoting wider use of data for policymaking.
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