UNITWIN and UNESCO CHAIRS PROGRAM
PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE WORLD THROUGH RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
The UNITWIN Program was launched in 1992 and operates through the establishment of UNESCO Chairs, and UNESCO university networks which are also designated as UNITWIN projects.
This program serves as a prime means of capacity building through the exchange of knowledge and sharing in a spirit of solidarity.
Thus it promotes North-South and South-South cooperation as a strategy to enrich institutions (Universities, research institutes) and field actors.
The UNITWIN metwork "Culture, tourism, sustainable development" was founded in 2002 by the UNESCO Chair "Culture, Tourism, development" from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and is made up of 25 universities through the world.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
A closely knit system of cooperation in research, documentation and training to facilitate exchanges and knowledge-sharing among universities, decision makers, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector.
A worldwide pool of skills and experts.
Create a worldwide system of cooperation between universities in the field that are concerned.
Promoting the concepts, principles and objectives of UNESCO incorporated in its documents of reference (1972, 2003 and 2005 Conventions especially and closing texts in International Conferences - Stockholm, 1998, Johannesburg, 2001).
A better understanding of nature and the complex ties between tourism, culture and sustainable development and enhancing cultural diversity.
Helping strategies and projects that are environmentally sustainable, socially fair, sensible from a business point of view and with a cultural value.
Getting expertise closer to the policy decision-makers to benefit the populations, especially those in poverty.
Constantly sharing education experiences, continuing education and applied research to improve them, also through the use of information technologies (including intranet).
Producing and providing education modules and tools (data collecting, analyzing and processing through preparation, project management and assessment, online education).
Promoting local cooperation through academic mobility, town-twinnings, supporting training programs and exchanges, especially in the Southern countries.
Setting up projects with multiple partnerships.
Having grades and masters created within the Network internationally recognized and acknowledged by a brand of excellence.
Frequent meetings between network universities to assess its efficiency and improve it: the first two meeting took place in France (Paris, March 2005 and Gréoux-les-Bains, May 2006) the following in Rimini, 2007, and in Quebec, 2010.
INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS "Culture, Tourism and Development"
Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero and Asociación Amigos del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
University of Queensland, Australia
Royal University of Phnom Penh, Camboya
University of Laval, Quebec, Canada
University Senghor, Alexandria, Egipto
Leeds Metropolitan University, Inglaterra
Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Francia
University of Toulouse, Francia
University Omar Bongo, Gabon
School Heller Farkas, Hungria
Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Irlanda
University of Haifa, Israel
University of Bologna at Rimini, Italia
Centro Universitario Europeo per i Beni Culturali, Ravello, Italia
University of Chisinau, Moldavia
University of Rabat-Agdal, Marruecos
University of Bethlehem, Palestina
Ciudad del saber, Panama
Cátedra UNESCO, Moscow Academy, Rusia
University of Barcelona, España
University of Girona, España
Université San Martin de Porres, Lima, Perú
Université de Sousse, Túnez