Chairs

The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme was created in 1992 to promote international inter-university cooperation and networking and to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. Through this network, higher education and research institutions from all corners of the globe can share resources, both human and material, and contribute to bridging the gap between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making.

There are currently over 80 UNESCO chairs working in culture. Please consult the table below for information on UNESCO Chairs working specifically on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Name of the Chair University/Institution Year of Creation Country Contact
UNESCO Chair on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Laval University 2015 Canada

Partners

Name of the host institution: 
Laval University
Address: 
Faculté de droit, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
1030, av. des Sciences-Humaines - Université Laval
Québec, QC G1V 0A6
Canada
Reference person: 
Prof. Veronique Guevremont
E-mail: 
veronique.guevremont@fd.ulaval.ca
Title of the Chair/Network: 
UNESCO Chair on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Country: 
Canada
Category: 
Chair
Year of Creation: 
2015
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management HEC Montréal HEC Montréal: La Corporation de l’École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal 2012 Canada

Partners

Name of the host institution: 
HEC Montréal: La Corporation de l’École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal
Address: 
3,000 Chemin de la Côte Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, Qc
H3T 2A7, office 4363
Montréal, QC H3T 2A7
Canada
Reference person: 
Dr. François Colbert
Phone number: 
+1 514 340 6827
+1 514 340 6827
E-mail: 
Francois.Colbert@hec.ca
Title of the Chair/Network: 
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Management HEC Montréal
Description of the Chair/Network: 

The UNESCO Chair has four objectives:

- Establish a research network to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and university cooperation on a North–South axis.

- Facilitate the transfer, exchange and sharing of expertise in order to contribute to the capacity-building of managers in the Southern Hemisphere.

- Train the trainers in order to promote the creation of centres of excellence in cultural management in the Southern Hemisphere.

- Promote the Agenda 21 model for culture by training arts managers in an interdisciplinary and multicultural context.

Country: 
Canada
Category: 
Chair
Year of Creation: 
2012
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development University of Hildesheim 2012 Germany

Partners

Name of the host institution: 
University of Hildesheim
Address: 
Department of Cultural Policy
Universitätsplatz 1
31141 Hildesheim
Germany
Reference person: 
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider
E-mail: 
gad@uni-hildesheim.de
Title of the Chair/Network: 
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development
Description of the Chair/Network: 

The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on comparative cultural policy research. It will facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Germany, in Europe, Africa, the Arab States Region, Latin America and the Caribbean, and globally.

The specific objectives of this Chair are to: 

-    carry out research to broaden knowledge on the existing nexus of cultural policy, the arts and development processes;

-    contribute to capacity-building efforts through the development of a postgraduate programme, as well as the organization of summer schools programmes and, possibly, scholarships; and,

-    foster international partnerships and other collaborations; and,

-    facilitate the exchange of information on cultural governance initiatives, in particular in relation to cultural policy and development cooperation, among experts, decision and policy-makers, relevant NGOs and civil society organizations.

Country: 
Germany
Category: 
Chair
Year of Creation: 
2012
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts 1998 Lithuania

Partners

Name of the host institution: 
Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts
Address: 
Faculty of Fine Arts, Art History and Theory Department
Maironio str. 6
LT 01124 Vilnius
Lithuania
Reference person: 
Dr. Ieva Kuiziniene
Phone number: 
+370 5 2105443
E-mail: 
ieva.kuiziniene@vda.lt
Title of the Chair/Network: 
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Cultural Management
Description of the Chair/Network: 

The purpose of the Chair shall be: To enhance capacity-building for cultural policy and cultural management in Lithuania and to promote the establishment of a network of UNESCO Chairs in the Baltic countries, through regional training, research and information and documentation activities focusing mainly on cultural policies and development, cultural research and statistics, cultural economics, legislation concerning culture, and administration and management in arts and culture; To act as a platform to foster dialogue between all the relevant actors and institutions concerned with the development and execution of cultural policy and cultural management; To identify policy implications in UNESCO's fields of competence and sensitize public opinion, experts and decision-makers to the most appropriate methods of formulating, planning, implementing and evaluating cultural policies, strategies, programmes and projects.

Country: 
Lithuania
Category: 
Chair
Year of Creation: 
1998
UNESCO Chair in Studies of Interculturalism, Art and Cultural Management and Mediation in the Balkans University of Arts in Belgrade 2004 Serbia

Partners

Name of the host institution: 
University of Arts in Belgrade
Address: 
Kosancicev venac 29
11000 Belgrade
Serbia
Reference person: 
Prof. Eric Zoran
Phone number: 
+381 11 2625166
E-mail: 
rektorat@arts.bg.ac.rs
zoran.eric@arts.bg.ac.rs
international.relations@arts.bg.ac.rs
jasmina.milovanovic@arts.bg.ac.rs
Title of the Chair/Network: 
UNESCO Chair in Studies of Interculturalism, Art and Cultural Management and Mediation in the Balkans
Description of the Chair/Network: 

The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of cultural policies, cultural identity, communication and media.  It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Serbia and Montenegro, and South-East Europe.

Country: 
Serbia
Category: 
Chair
Year of Creation: 
2004
UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policies and Cooperation University of Girona 2001 Spain

Partners

Name of the host institution: 
University of Girona
Address: 
Scientist and Thecnological Park
C/Pic de Peguera 15. Edificio Jaume Casademont. Despacho 35
17003 Girona Girona
Spain
Reference person: 
Dr Alfons Martinell Sempere
Phone number: 
972 41 80 10
972 41 95 16
E-mail: 
gemma.carbo@udg.edu
sec.cunesco@udg.edu
Title of the Chair/Network: 
UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policies and Cooperation
Description of the Chair/Network: 

The UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation appears in 2000, as a result of the agreement signed between UNESCO and the University of Girona (UdG), with the goal of promoting an international initiative to generate complementary relationships with other cooperation actions of the UdG.

Focused on the fields of cultural policies and cooperation, the Chair contributes a new line of reflection to the UniTwin program of UNESCO and broadens the international presence of the UdG, making it a meeting and exchange place for the role of cultural policies in a world of interdependence.

The Chair acts primarily in the field of cultural management, international and territorial cultural policies, relationships between educational policies and cultural policies, the training of human capital, development cooperation, and cultural diversity.

Country: 
Spain
Category: 
Chair
Year of Creation: 
2001