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Impact on Developpement

Obtaining quality results is of primordial importance for inter-university cooperation.   Through the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs, particular attention is given to the programme’s impact on capacity-building and knowledge-sharing, and to its influence on national and regional policies.

Through its position as an observer and in its role as a catalyst, UNESCO will encourage UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks to become poles of excellence and innovation that will actively contribute to the development of their respective fields at national, regional and international levels.

A pole of excellence is “a combination, in a specific geographical location, of universities, higher education institutions, training centres, foundations, and public or private research units working together on joint projects of an innovative nature. Such a partnership is structured around a specific field or theme that is consonant with UNESCO’s priorities, and must reach a critical mass in order to achieve a certain level of quality and international visibility”.