Chairs and UNITWIN Networks

Facilitating a global dialogue: a network of forward thinking Universities

The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme was established as a way to advance research, training and programme development in UNESCO’s fields of competence.

UNESCO Chairs & UNITWIN Networks are a global network of universities that carry out research in areas of UNESCO’s competency that encourage inter-university cooperation, collaboration and information sharing.

Today, the Programme involves over 700 institutions in 126 countries, including 22 in the UK.

The UK’s UNESCO university network covers a diverse spectrum of academic fields ranging from Sustainable Mountain Development, which carries out climate change research on mountain Biosphere Reserves, to Archaeological Ethics which seek to develop policies and toolkits to protect cultural heritage in crisis situations and prevent its misuse, exacerbating tensions.

Wider Value to the UK

The UK's UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks generated an estimated £14.4 million from April 2014 to March 2015 through their involvement with the global network.   Source: The Wider Value of UNESCO to the UK 2014 – 2015

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