Research Centers and Networks

AFIRSE: Association Francophone Internationale de Recherche Scientifique en Education

As an international network that brings together researchers from some twenty Francophone and non-Francophone countries, AFIRSE contributes to the development of scientific research in education and the dissemination of research results in view of improving the conditions both of teaching/learning, as well of educational policy, planning and management.

APCEIU Asia-Pacific Center of Education for International Understanding

APCEIU promotes a culture of peace and strengthens efforts around 'Learning to Live Together' in the Asia-Pacific region. APCEIU acts as a centre for training, research and curricuculum development.

APEID Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development

The fundamental mission of APEID and its Secretariat is to contribute to sustainable human development (underpinned by tolerance, human rights and a culture of peace) through the design and implementation of education programmes and projects, mainly at the post primary level of education, which stress 'educational innovation for development'. 

CERI Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

The OECD'S Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) does extensive research on learning at all ages, from birth to old age, in both formal and non-formal settings. While focusing on emerging trends and issues, CERI also reflects on the futures of schools and universities.

CRI Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity

Projects at the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) at the University of Paris-Descartes are designed at the interface of science, education, and society. They explore issues around learning among young children, secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as among graduate students.

FPSE Faculté de psychologie et des sciences de l'éducation

The international and comparative education team within the Faculty of Psychology and Education at the University of Geneva, focuses its wotk on the analysis of cross-national trends in education policy, as well as the role of education and international cooperation in the development and transformation of schooling in the South.

NORRAG Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training 

NORRAG is a focus and a forum for the analysis of aid and international policy development in the education and training sector. NORRAG is committed to encouraging critical analysis of international development particularly in the field of education and training through a network of researchers, policymakers, donor agencies and NGOs.

WISE World Innovation Summit on Education

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action in order to build the future of education through innovation. WISE is now an ongoing initiative and a global reference in new approaches to education.


Human Rights and Ethics of International Cooperation – University of Bergamo

Based on the principle of respect for diversity, the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Ethics of International Cooperation serves to bridge various disciplinary approaches and to connect diverse social and political organisations and institutions in view of strenthening international cooperation in the area of human rights. The Chair is involved in research on issues such as the right to education, cultural diversity, religion and education.... More

Curriculum Development - University of Quebec in Montreal

The team at the UNESCO Chair in Curriculum Development provides research evidence and methodological support in order to strengthen the capacities of Ministry professionals, educational practitioners, and university researchers in the field of curriculum development and implementation of educational reforms. More

Political Economy of Education – University of Nottingham

The purpose of the Chair is to develop the field of comparative political economy of education within the context of international development objectives. Its focus is on joint research and the development of an international academic network. The Chair also ensures the development of staff and post-graduate students working at the higher education and advanced policy levels. More

Comparative Education - University of Hong Kong

The objectives of the UNESCO Chair of Comparative Education are to carry out collaborative research, provide policy analysis to assist policy-makers, develop undergraduate and post-graduate students’ skills and knowledge, and produce and disseminate studies in the field of comparative education. More

Learning and Literacy - University of Pennsylvania

The UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy was created to work towards the achievement of the EFA goals and MDGs for literacy and basic education. Its work aims at addressing learning and literacy issues with a particular focus on the less developed countries in the world and marginalized populations. The Chair is established within the University of Pennsylvania’s International Literacy Institute (ILI) which was co-founded by UNESCO in 1994. More


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