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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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Innovative Knowledge Transfer

Capacity Building through E-Learning and Innovative Knowledge Processes

The efforts of UNU-ViE concentrate on strengthening capacities, both at individual and institutional level in a higher education context and promoting knowledge creation and sharing in state-of-the art educational technologies and innovative practices with a special regional focus on Africa.

Quality Assurance

In times of enrolment expansion, followed by an increasing competition in the higher education market place and the perception of declining standards, quality assurance becomes a major concern in higher education. The engagement in various networks concerned with quality approaches in the field of emerging learning methods and the use and development of open educational resources is therefore one of the priorities for UNU-ViE. Since 2009 UNU-ViE is a member of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (EFQUEL) , the biggest network for quality in e-learning worldwide. EFQUEL seeks to share experiences on how e-learning can be used to strengthen individual, organisational, local and regional development, digital and learning literacy, and how to promote social cohesion – together with actors in a European community of users and experts. As member of the international advisory board of the Open ECBCheck initiative, together with a consortium of leading development organisations UNU-ViE contributes to the establishment of the international Quality Certificate for E-learning in Capacity Building. This accreditation and quality improvement scheme aims at supporting capacity building organizations to measure how successful their e-learning programmes are and allows for continuous improvement though peer collaboration and bench learning. With its contribution as an associated partner UNU-ViE promotes and supports OPAL , a new initiative on Quality in Open Educational Practices. OPAL is a new funded project by the European Commission for Education and Training under the Lifelong Learning Programme.

Coordinated Development

Enhancing capacity building activities through e-learning requires a coordinated effort to leverage current capabilities, identify new opportunities and pool resources. One example of such a coordinated effort is the UNeLearn group. It consists of various UN agencies that are engaged in collaborative projects that involve the application of technology-supported learning, including Web 2.0 and e-learning tools.

Innovative Facilitation Techniques

To get people involved in a meaningful dialogue, SCIENTIA uses interactive tools and graphic facilitation at its workshops to ensure the full participation of the participants. The use of graphic facilitation can support the thinking and decision making process as well as the communication in strategic meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences. Graphic facilitation can empower the engagement of participants to build and shape a common vision.

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Maike Schansker, UNU-ViE. Photo: ICWE GmbH/David Ausserhofer

Knowledge Sharing Techniques for the 21st Century

Published 2010-12-13 | Updated 2010-12-17

At Online Educa Berlin (1-3 December 2010), the annual e-learning conference in Berlin, Germany, UNU-ViE demonstrated how knowledge sharing techniques can enhance dialogue and impact in development work. |Read more

UNU Brown Bag Lecture Series

Published 2010-05-05 | Updated 2010-05-14

On Thursday, 29 April 2010, SCIENTIA organized the first Brown Bag Luncheon for UNU in Bonn. Prof. Osterwalder, Rector of UNU, took the opportunity of his stay in Bonn to attend the launching of the Brown Bag Luncheon Series and expressed his appreciation and support for the effort. Particularly in times of information overflow it becomes increasingly important to select relevant information, he pointed out. That is why m any “web 2.0” tools can be useful for acquiring and processing up-to-date, relevant information. | Read more

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