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.



Faróis de Cabo Verde

"In ancient times bonfires were lit at the tips or high places of the coast as codified systems and references alerting navigators approaching the coast, constituting a help that the people of the land provide to the men of the sea." (article in Portuguese)

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Tabernas do Alentejo - impacto das alterações climáticas na viticultura alentejana

Antes do vinho há a geologia, geografia, cepa e clima. Toda mudança numa destas quatro variáveis vai ter consequências no resultado final, isto é, na qualidade e quantidade do vinho na garrafa. Todos os dias ouvimos falar em "alterações climáticas".

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A Cátedra e o património. O que fazemos com o Património Cultural Imaterial?

"O Património Cultural Imaterial (PCI) é o tema central do trabalho da Cátedra UNESCO. E este património é composto por práticas, formas de ver o mundo e saberes fazer, realidades frágeis com dificuldades em sobreviver na nossa sociedade em permanente mudança. Apesar de isto parecer evidente, é raro que nos documentos de apresentação das nossas actividades sublinhem essa ligação entre o que fazemos e o património que ocupa tanto do nosso tempo."

- novo artigo do Prof. Filipe Themudo Barata, Chair Holder.

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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.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by email:
The UNESCO Chair Team