UNESCO Chairs and the United States


The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 850 institutions in 117 countries, promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking.  The networks and chairs serve as thinktanks and bridgebuilders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making.

UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022

All UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks are invited to participate in the  UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022. The 3rd World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) will define and prepare a roadmap for a new era of higher education.

List of Chairs in the US

1996 – Chaire UNESCO d’éducation pour la paix, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan de Puerto Rico

1999 – Chaire UNESCO d’enseignement supérieur, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan de Puerto Rico

2000 – UNESCO Chair in Communication, University of Texas at Austin

1997  – UNITWIN Network for Improving Biological Sciences Education through the Development and Use of Information Technologies in some Arab States Universities, Purdue University, West Lafayette

2007 – UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture and People-Centered Development, Boston University, Women’s Studies Program

2016 – UNITWIN Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts, Shanghai Theatre Academy, The International Theatre Institute (ITI), and Georgetown University  



US Centers of Excellence

LabXchange is an online community for learning, sharing, and collaboration

Labs are places of exploration and discovery for every field imaginable. In this spirit, you can discover, engage, and share what you learn on LabXchange. We curate and create world-class digital content, delivered on a free, online platform that lets you integrate your learning and research experiences. Here, you take control of your learning and solve real-world problems as a community. Participation will always be free.

LITERACY.ORG research and innovation for a more literate world

Literacy.org is housed at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and is comprised of the National Center for Adult Literacy and the International Literacy Institute.


Center for Child and Human Development

The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) was established over 50 years ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth and their families, especially those with special health care needs, behavioral health challenges or disabilities (including adults with disabilities).

Read more : UNESCO Chair on  Sustainable development, Early Childhood, Inclusive Education and Gender,Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Chair in International Education for Development

Launched in 2014, the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development supports a program of research, outreach, teaching, and mentoring of a new generation of educators, working on education for global citizenship and social equity and inclusion.

Read more : UNESCO Chair on International Education for Development, The George Washington University


USC Shoah Foundation

When teaching topics as enormous and weighty as the Holocaust and genocide, it can be easy to cover the facts and figures without getting to the heart of the matter – the humans affected by the history.  USC Shoah Foundation offers an array of educational products for students ranging in age from kindergarten to college.

Read more : UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education, University of Southern California


Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization

The Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU) is dedicated to research, development, and education across all aspects of micro- and nanotechnology. CNEU resources are focused on addressing the incorporation of nanotechnology into secondary education, post-secondary education and industry applications.

Read more : UNESCO Chair on Building Innovation and Manufacturing Capacities through Advanced Technology Education, Pennsylvania State University