Unesco Chairs and Professorships at the University of Jyväskylä

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme

Finland has seven UNESCO Chairs and two of them year 2019 at the University of Jyväskylä. The UNESCO Chairs are situated in key areas of JYU’s strategy: Information technology and the human in the knowledge society and learning and growth environments that support development.

The four-year UNESCO Chair supports global and multidisciplinary networking in a changing world.

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 700 institutions in 116 countries, promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.

Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. In many instances, the networks and chairs serve as thinktanks and bridgebuilders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making.  Global list of UNESCO Chairs