UNESCO launched the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme in 1991 as an international action plan for academic solidarity to strengthen inter-university co-operation with particular emphasis on support to higher education in the developing countries.
The programme works towards establishing and reinforcing strong and durable linkages amongst higher education and scientific institutions worldwide and at facilitating the transfer of knowledge while combating the brain drain. Special attention is paid to providing assistance through inter-regional and (sub)regional linkages.
The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme encompasses a broad spectrum of activities requiring very flexible modes of action. It is based on genuine, equal partnership among the higher education institutions which initiate various projects within its framework.
Two types of closely interrelated and interdependent activities have emerged as the base for the major strategies for implementing the Programme: inter-university networks and international UNESCO Chairs. While individual chairs responding to specific needs are possible, the programme endeavours to create the proper conditions to allow each chair to be a focal point of a network or to be a part of a network.
The UNITWIN network on Interreligious studies
New UNESCO Chair in Inter-religious Understanding and Relations
UNESCO chairs workshop "CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CONTEMPORARY CULTURE"
On the 2nd and 3rd of June 2009, in the room of St. Petersburg Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences and on the facilities of the UNESCO Chair on Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue at the St.Petersburg Branch of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research, there was held the Russian-Lebanese UNESCO Chairs Workshop dedicated...
The 2nd International Meeting of UNESCO/UNITWIN chairs
The 2nd International Meeting of UNESCO/UNITWIN chairs dedicated to interfaith dialogue for intercultural understanding took place at the University of Oregon in Eugene, USA, on May 8-12, 2009. Representatives of 14 UNESCO chairs, from USA, EU, Russia, Israel, Georgia, and many other countries gathered for several days in order to study problems and prospects of their Network, which forms a flagship project of UNESCO, and to outline 'points of growth' in their cooperation.