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UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 850 institutions in 117 countries, promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.

Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. In many instances, the networks and chairs serve as thinktanks and bridgebuilders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making. They have proven useful in informing policy decisions, establishing new teaching initiatives, generating innovation through research and contributing to the enrichment of existing university programmes while promoting cultural diversity. In areas lacking expertise, chairs and networks have evolved into poles of excellence and innovation at regional or sub-regional levels. They also contribute to strengthening North-South-South cooperation.

Review of the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks membership

UNESCO is undertaking a global review of the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks membership. In this regard, UNESCO is revising the programme documents.

The 2022 campaign for applications for UNESCO Chairs or Unitwin Networks is now closed.

The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme: guidelines and procedures (revised March 2022)
Humanistic futures of learning: perspectives from UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks
UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme: brilliant minds for sustainable solutions, 25th anniversary