The UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs are part of a broader international university cooperation programme running since 1991 to support the creation of centres of excellence in  member countries and LDCs able to implement advanced education and research programmes in disciplines related to development policies in third countries.

A UNESCO Chair is established for four years through an agreement signed by the UNESCO Director General and the Rector of the University or Research Institute. Chairs may be set up within Faculties or Departments to support and increase existing research and teaching activities worldwide. Activities include postgraduate training programmes, postdoctoral fellowships, exchanges of visiting professors, seminars, conferences with UNESCO support and sponsorship.

The Italian Ministry of University and Research (MinisterialDecree No. 495 dated March 6, 2024) has awarded Italian UNESCO Chairs the "Seal of Merit" as a distinctive mark of their commitment to developing programs that promptly and autonomously respond to the renewed demands for new learning and research in a rapidly changing economic, social, and technological world.

How to activate a UNESCO Chair: UNESCO Chairs | UNESCO Italy


Currently active Chairs at Sapienza:

Population, Migrations and Development

Where: Department of Methods and Models for Economics, Territory and Finance of the Faculty of Economics
Chair Holder:  prof.ssa Cristina Giudici.
Activated in: 2008

Sustainable Urban Quality and Urban Culture, notably in Africa

Where: Department of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Architecture
Chair Holder: Professor Lucio Valerio Barbera -  Professor Anna Irene del Monaco
Activated in: 2013
Website: UNESCO Chair | in "Sustainable Urban Quality and Urban Culture, notably in Africa" Sapienza University of Rome, ITALY (

Urban health through education and research for improved health and wellbeing in the cities

Where: Department of Experimental Medicine
Chair holder: Professor Andrea Lenzi
Activated in: 2022

Religious Pluralism and Peace

Where: Faculty of Law
Chair holder: Professor Alberto Melloni
Activated in: 2024


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