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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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SCIENTIA section

The section 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.

Following the strategic directions of the UNU Vice Rectorate, the section contributes to the goal of the ViE to initiate, support, and co-ordinate projects aiming at the development of capacity development and knowledge transfer. The work of the section has a regional focus on Africa.

Focus Africa

The United Nations University plays a strategic role in Africa as a facilitator of dialogue, a capacity builder, a provider of postgraduate training, and a promoter of innovation.

UNU activities in and on Africa aim to foster knowledge creation with a strong emphasis on home-grown and participatory “made-to-fit” solutions linked to UNU’s continuing efforts to promote endogenous capacity development.

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UNU Bonn workshop explores potential of African diaspora in research and development cooperation

Published 2012-05-10

On 16 May 2012, UNU Bonn hosts a workshop on "Harnessing the Potential of African Diaspora in Research and Development Cooperation". This workshop aims to bring together relevant stakeholders involved in the North-South knowledge and technology transfer and is a pre-event to the 8th Scientific and Technologic Forum of the Cameroonian Diaspora (FoSTDIC), taking place from 18 until 19 May 2012 in Dortmund, Germany. |Read more

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Mainstreaming Open Education: Join our virtual workshop series

Published 2012-02-20 | Updated 2012-03-08

5-10 March 2012 has been declared the first annual Open Education Week. A global event, Open Education Week seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education, especially Open Educational Resources (OER). Within the framework of the “Mainstreaming Open Education” workshop (5-10 March 2012), UNU-ViE organizes a session on "Certification of OER-based Learning" on 8 March 2012. |Read more

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S Strategic Partnerships
C Capacity Development
I Internationalisation of Science
E Enhancement of UNU´s Activities in Africa, Europe & CIS
N Networking
T Technology and Science for Development
I Innovative Knowledge Transfer
A Africa Focus



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