What Is UNESCO Chair?
The UNESCO Chairs program was established in 1992 as a way to promote international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. Today, there is an international network of 756 UNESCO Chairs, involving institutions in 114 countries. The programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence-i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication. We should distinguish two types of UNESCO Chairs: research based chairs and endowment chairs.
The Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) is a research institute and a component of the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), which was commissioned in 2007 by the Prime Minister’s office. Its purpose is to analyse and understand social conflicts as well as preventing them, so the collective trauma of the 1969’s ethnic riots would not re-occur.
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