Objectives of the Program

Historical overview

The UNESCO Chairs Programme was launched in 1992 in accordance with a resolution adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 26th session (1991). The Programme covers training, research and international exchanges of academics and offers a platform for information sharing in all major fields within the mandate of UNESCO.

Objectives of the UNESCO Chairs Programme

Serve as a prime means of capacity building through the exchange of knowledge and information sharing in a spirit of international solidarity in the field of UNESCO.
Promote North-South and South-South cooperation as a strategy to enrich institutions, such as universities and research institutions, in partnership with higher education NGOs, foundations, and public and private sector organizations.
Provide opportunities for networking and collaboration on issues of interest to Canada and UNESCO in higher education.
Mobilize the higher education community to join forces with UNESCO to achieve the objectives of the global agenda, such as the Millennium Development Goals.
Contribute to identifying solutions to critical problems in the field of higher education by harnessing the experience and knowledge of experts in the field.
Establish new teaching programmes, generate new ideas through research and reflection and facilitate the enrichment of existing university programmes through the integration of cultural diversity and international cooperation.
Build a strong, effective and exemplary network of UNESCO Chairs in Canada.