The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme was established in 1992. Currently, there are 700 UNESCO Chairs from 128 countries cooperating in this global network.
The UNESCO Chairs were conceived as a way to advance research and teaching in all of UNESCO’s fields of competence. They function as disseminators in the implementation of UNESCO’s work. International scientific cooperation and intercultural dialogue are their major principles. Currently, 12 UNESCO Chairs in Germany contribute to the implementation of UNESCO’s programme based on specific guidelines.
Additionally, there are around 70 UNITWIN networks, which particularly promote inter-university collaboration. Cooperation networks and partnerships between universities are to be extended as they contribute to a balanced utilisation of knowledge and know-how. A further aim is to enhance the mobility of students, teachers and scientists.