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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Institutional Development


The IDEAS programme of the Vice Rectorate in Europe of the United Nations University (UNU-ViE) plays a strategic role in the institutional development of UNU and its partners. IDEAS initiates and supports new research and graduate education activities on a global scale and stimulates the establishment of new UNU institutes and partnerships. Identification of new networks and the support of associated institutions and partnerships, joint projects and operational units in the arena of higher education and research is yet another focus within Europe, Africa, South-East Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

In line with the UNU strategic plan, the Vice Rectorate in Europe assists in the establishment of UNU “Twin” institutes in developing and emerging countries in accordance with UNU’s mission to strengthen institutional and individual capacities and thereby actively contributes to the Africa Roadmap strategy.

Task profile

  • Concept papers and country studies
  • Memoranda of Understanding
  • Strategic plan
  • Work plan development
  • Networking strategies
  • Liaison with government authorities/decision makers
  • Representation of UNU