Encouraging cooperation between universities

25 years leading research in Canada and abroad


The UNESCO Chairs Program furthers research, training and program development in higher education by building networks and encouraging cooperation between universities. Projects involve training, research, information-sharing, and outreach activities in major UNESCO programs areas like education, natural and social sciences, culture and communication. 

UNESCO Chairs:

  • Provide an innovative model for international academic cooperation and capacity building, particularly with regards to North-South and South-South relationships;
  • Serve as think tanks and help build bridges between the academic world, civil society, local communities, researchers and policy-makers;
  • Are appointed to universities to initiate programs that will advance research and training in one of UNESCO's fields of expertise;
  • Involve academics, scholars and graduate students, as well as key partners such as NGOs, foundations, and public- and private-sector organizations.

Most UNESCO Chairs projects combine multiple disciplines and sectors, and involve active cooperation from UNESCO's field offices, centres and institutes.