UNESCO Chair "Education, Growth and Equality"



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The UNESCO Chair on Education, Growth and Equality has been established at the Department of Economics and Management.

The Chair aims to promote an integrated system of research, training, information, and documentation on development economics, political sciences and education, to support the 4° SDG “Quality Education for Everybody” and more recently the UN Transformation Education Summit Conclusions (2022).

The Chair has facilitated the collaboration between high-level internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions (in Italy and in foreign countries).



Chair Coordinator: Prof. Valentina Mini

UNESCO Chair programme

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It contributes to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in education, sciences, culture, communication and information. UNESCO promotes knowledge sharing and the free flow of ideas to accelerate mutual understanding and a more perfect knowledge of each other's lives.

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 850 institutions in 117 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. 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 lacking expertise, chairs and networks have evolved into poles of excellence and innovation at regional or sub-regional levels. They also contribute to strengthening North-South-South cooperation.

Sustainable Development Goals

UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

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