Purpose of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies

The UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies of the University of Innsbruck was established in June 2008 as a consequence of the systematic research on the interpretations of peaces and the unique approach to peace studies as developed by Innsbruck’s MA program for Peace Studies since 2001. The agreement has been signed between the UNESCO, represented by its Director-General Koichiro Matsuura, and the University of Innsbruck, represented by its rector Karlheinz Töchterle.

In the light of the excellent results achieved and confirmed by the positive evaluation of the report on its activities, UNESCO renewed in February 2015 the 2008 agreement concerning the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck until June 2019.

According to the agreement the main purposes of the UNESCO Chair are:

* the promotion of an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of peace studies;

* the facilitation of collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Austria, in Europe and North America, and other regions of the world;

* the reinforcement of the existing network of cooperating partners through further regional, as well as international, cooperation;

* the enhancement and complement of the already existing on-line teaching methods;

* the exchange of professors, researchers, and students with other universities within the framework of UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme.