UNESCO Chairs Programme

The UNESCO Chairs Programme advances research, training and programme development in higher education by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation.

UNESCO Chairs’ projects undertake training, research, and information sharing and outreach activities in major UNESCO programs areas (education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information). UNESCO Chairs provide an innovative model for international academic cooperation and capacity building (particularly in regards to North-South and South-South relationships). Additionally, UNESCO Chairs act as think tanks and help build bridges between the academic world, civil society, local communities, researchers and policy-makers.

The majority of UNESCO Chairs projects are interdisciplinary and intersectoral. They involve all UNESCO programme sectors, with active cooperation from its Field Offices, Centres and Institutes.

UNESCO Chairs are appointed to higher education institutions to initiate programmes that advance research and training in one of UNESCO's fields of expertise. Chairs involve academics, scholars and graduate students, as well as key partners such as NGOs, foundations and public and private sector organizations.