Creation of UNESCO Chairs
The programme of UNESCO Chairs in the field of science, technology and innovation was started in 1993 within the context of the UNISPAR Programme. This Programme serves as a prime means of capacity building through the exchange and sharing of knowledge in a spirit of solidarity. The main participants are universities and research institutions, in partnership with many important higher education NGOs, foundations, and public and private sector organizations. The programme covers training, research and exchange of academics and offers a platform for information sharing in all major fields within the competence of UNESCO, such as science, technology and innovation. One of the UNESCO Chairs in science, technology and innovation is hosted by Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China. The Research Institute for Guangdong Development is one of the most active chairs. The Chair has been conducting training and research, organizing international conferences, inter university exchange and partnerships and book publication.