The UNESCO Chair

What is a UNESCO Chair?

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme 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 think tanks and as bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making. They have proven useful in informing policy decisions, establishing new teaching initiatives, generating innovation through research and contributing to the enrichment of existing university programmes while promoting cultural diversity. In areas suffering from a dearth of expertise, Chairs and Networks have evolved into poles of excellence and innovation at the regional or sub-regional levels. They also contribute to strengthening North-South-South cooperation.



Craftmanship of Estremoz clay figures inscribed as intangible cultural heritage

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting in Jeju (Republic of Korea, 7-9 December 2017, inscribed thirty-three new elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, among them the Craftmanship of Estremoz Clay Figures (Portugal).
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New publication by the UNESCO Chair

Creative Innovation and Related Living Lab Experiences: A Mediterranean Model is the title of the most recent publication launched by the UNESCO Chair. The CreativeMED project and its overall assessment are at the centre of this book that its editors consider to be of particular interest, not only as account of the achieved results, but also because they find it relevant that critical reflections on projects and good practices in the Mediterranean are disseminated, especially when they are based on the respect for the involved communities and firmly rooted in their identity and cultural profile.
The electronic version of this book can be downloaded here.

Património Cultural Imaterial em risco – III Encontro da Cátedra UNESCO aborda um tema urgente

III Encontro da Cátedra UNESCO, dedicado ao “Património Cultural Imaterial em Risco”, teve lugar no dia 22 de Junho de 2017 no Fórum Municipal de Castro Verde. O evento contou com um amplo leque de especialistas que, com foco na salvaguarda do Património Cultural Imaterial (PCI) no Sul de Portugal, chegaram a conclusões com alcance a nível nacional....

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Welcome to the ICH Forum

Do you want to exchange ideas with other experts in Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)?
With its new ICH Forum, the UNESCO Chair intends to build a professional network that, once fully implemented, should provide you with valuable information, relevant questions and stimulating challenges, apart from offering you a great opportunity to contact, interact and, eventually, cooperate with other professionals in ICH and other related areas.

Are you a professional with experience and knowledge in the various forum topics?
Get involved now. Register with the ICH Experts and ICH Projects Database and sign in to enter the ICH Forum. Follow the threads and topics you are most interested in or suggest new ones to the Forum administrator. Invite others to join and turn this application into a useful tool for your work and professional development.

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The UNESCO Chair Team