United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is the academic arm of the United Nations. It bridges the academic world and the United Nations system. Its goal is to develop sustainable solutions for current and future problems of humankind in all aspects of life. Through a problem-oriented and interdisciplinary approach it aims at teaching, applied research and education on a global scale. UNU was founded in 1973 as an autonomous organ of the United Nations General Assembly. The University comprises headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and more than a dozen Institutes and Programmes worldwide.


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About UNU-ViE

The United Nations University Vice Rectorate in Europe (UNU-ViE) is an integral part of the Rector's office and the first Vice Rectorate of UNU outside the headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Established in May 2007 in Bonn, it strengthens the presence of UNU in Europe.

UNU-ViE is dedicated to develop knowledge-based sustainable solutions for global problems and is therefore an active organizer of international science policy dialogues for sustainability.

The Vice Rectorate is structured into two sections:

  1. Strategic Partnerships, Capacity Development and Science Policy Dialogues Section (SCIENTIA) : SCIENTIA supports the development of research and science-based policy programmes and explores innovative pathways to advance capacity development with a special focus on e-learning and knowledge management in the higher education context in developing countries.
  2. Institutional Development and Planning Section (IDEAS): IDEAS is actively involved in establishing new UNU-RTC/Ps, it serves as facilitator for twinning activities of UNU and its RTC/Ps and is the networking focal point for Europe, Africa and Russia.

UNU-ViE offers additionally central services for all UNU in Bonn entities: UNU-ViE, UNU-EHS, UNU-IHDP and UNW-DPC. The central services are divided into the following units:

UNU is also the host for two further entities: the "International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change" (IHDP) and the "UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development" (UNW-DPC).

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