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.

Today, the Programme involves over 854 institutions in 134 countries.


UNESCO Chair in Art History (1995), Yerevan State University, Yerevan

Address: 36E Tigran Mets, Apt. 30, 375018 Yerevan
Phone: (3742) 566-540
Fax: (818)956-0143


UNESCO Chair on Peace and Tolerance through Languages and Civic Education, Minsk State Linguistic University Natalia Baranova

Address: 21 Zakharova str., 220034 Minsk
Phone: + 375 17 288 15 44
Fax: + 375 17 236 75 04


UNESCO Chair in the Study of Culture and Religion (1999), Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University 

Address: Kievskaya str.,5, 720000 Bishkek
Phone: (996-312) 66-25-67
Fax: (996-312) 43-11-69


UNESCO Chair in “Intercultural Dialogue In The Modern World” (2004), The Russian-Tajik (Slavonic) University

Address: Tursunzade street 30, Dushanbe
Tel: +992 (992372) 235250
Fax: +7(992372) 2277753

UNESCO Chair “Museum Of Archaeology and Fortification” (2004), The Khujand State University Named After B.G.Gafurov

Russian Federation 

UNESCO Chair for Fine Arts and Architecture (1998), Russian Academy of Arts

Address: Prechistenka str.,Moscow 119034
Phone: +7 (495) 637-47-71

UNESCO Chair in Theatre Enhancing Education and Cultural Understanding (2005), the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS)

Address: 6, Maly Kislovsky pereulok, Moscow 125009
Phone: +7(495) 690-52-26
Fax: +7(495) 690-52-26

UNESCO Chair in Musical Arts and Education in Life-long Learning (2013), Moscow State Pedagogical University

Address: 1/1 M. Pirogovskaya Str., Moscow 119991
Tel: +7 905 546 7906; +7 499 246 87 62
Fax: +7 499 766 47 23

UNESCO Chair in Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue (2000), The Russian Institute for Cultural Research

Address: Box 19, St.Petersburg, 191186
Phone: +7 911 0365530

UNESCO Chair in Education in a Multinational and Multi-Confessional Society (2003), Bashkir State University

Address: Office 416A, Building of Faculties of Physics and Mathematics, 32 Zaki Validi Str. Ufa 450074
Phone/fax: +7 (347) 229-96-03

UNESCO Chair in Multilingual Education (2005), the Northern Ossetian Pedagogical State Institute, Vladikavkaz

Address: K.Marksa Str., 36  Vladikavkaz, 362003
Fax: 8 (8672) 54-96-20

UNESCO Chair in language education as a means of preserving cultural heritage (2008), Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

Address: 6 Ac. Volgin str., Moscow, 117485
Fax: +7 (495) 330 85 65


UNESCO Chair on "Spiritual and Cultural Values through Education" (2009) ,Volodmyr Dahl East-Ukrainian National University

Address: Room: 214, 216, Building 2 Molodyozhny kvartal, 20A, Luhans'k, 91034
Phone: +38 (0642) 500-512
Fax: +38 (0642) 41-72-52


UNESCO Chair in Arts Management and Marketing (2004), the Uzbekistan National Institute of Arts Design

Address: S.Azimov-35 Tashkent, 700000
Phone: +998 71 232-18-10

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List of UNESCO Chairs