What is a UNESCO Chair?
UNESCO Chairs have been established at universities all over the world. Their aim is to enhance higher education and scientific research in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence. They promote international inter-university cooperation and networking.
At present links between cultural heritage and higher education are a priority for the Culture Sector of UNESCO. Thus, UNESCO Chairs in the field of intangible cultural heritage have an important role to play in the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Currently eight UNESCO Chairs have been established in the field of intangible cultural heritage. The whole network of UNESCO Chairs counts more than 700 members from 116 countries.