Welcome Message

We would like to welcome you to the site of the UNESCO Chair of the University of Nicosia “Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace”. The Chair holder at the University of Nicosia is Dr Emilios. A. Solomou.  

“My objective is to promote a number of diverse activities in the fields of education, research, information and documentation in the sector of cultural diversity and cultural dialogue for a culture of peace, at the local and regional level”. Dr Emilios Solomou

UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November, 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to build peace.

Today, UNESCO functions as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse – for the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge – while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields. In short, UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its 193 Member States and six Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.

UNESCO is working to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture. The world urgently requires global visions of sustainable development based upon observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which lie at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities.

UNITWIN is the abbreviation for the UNIVERSITY TWINNING and networking scheme. The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Program was conceived as a way to advance research, training and program development in higher education by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation through transfer of knowledge across borders. Since it was set up in 1992 the program has aroused great interest among Member-States.

Today 692 UNESCO Chairs and 60 UNITWIN Networks are established within the Program, involving over 810 institutions in 128 countries, covering 70 disciplines.

In 2005, the first ever UNESCO Chair in Cyprus was inaugurated at the University of Nicosia.

The purpose of the UNESCO Chair is "the promotion of a comprehensive framework of educational activities, research, provision of information and documentation in the area of cultural, linguistic and religious diversity and the intercultural dialogue for a culture of peace, on a local, national or regional level."

Through a multitude of activities, events, collaborations and international meetings, the UNESCO Chair at the University of Nicosia has and continues to diligently serve the triptych of cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and culture of peace. The University of Nicosia and Cyprus are a step closer to adopting the UNESCO vision in making our region a better place.