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
UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People
Young people from around the world are invited to enter the 2012 Goi Peace Foundation - UNESCO International Essay Contest for Young People.
The theme for this year's contest is: "CREATING THE FUTURE WE WANT" Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality.
The deadline for entry is June 30, 2012.
Prize winners will receive a cash award and will be invited to Japan for the award ceremony. Please see the complete guidelines below or at http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/1201.html
To read winning essays from last year's contest, please visit http://www.goipeace.or.jp/english/activities/programs/2011/index.html
2012 GOI PEACE FOUNDATION - UNESCO INTERNATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
- Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO - Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan; Japanese National Commission for UNESCO; Japan Private High School Federation; Japan Broadcasting Corporation; Nikkei Inc.; Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education - Supported by Felissimo Corporation
"CREATING THE FUTURE WE WANT"-- Future begins with the vision we hold now. What kind of future do you wish to create for yourself and the world? Please share your dream and ideas for making it a reality.
1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2012) in one of the following age categories: a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 - 25) 2. Essays must be 800 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German; or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, typed or printed. 3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 30, 2012 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants' names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director. (Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.) 4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online. (IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page at www.goipeace.or.jp and follow the required steps.) 5. Essays must be original and unpublished. 6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted. 7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by JUNE 30, 2012.
AWARDS: The following awards will be given in the Children's category and Youth category respectively: 1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,200) ... 1 entrant 2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$600) ... 2 entrants 3rd Prize: Certificate and gift ... 5 entrants Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift ... 25 entrants
1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2012. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)
All prize winners will be announced in November 2012 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site (www.goipeace.or.jp) and UNESCO web site (www.unesco.org/youth).
PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO: International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation 1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan OR Send online through www.goipeace.or.jp