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.

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. Alessandra De Rose  - Prof. Raimondo Cagiano de Azevedo
Activated in: 2008

Sustainable Urban Quality and Urban Culture, notably in Africa

Where: Department of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Architecture
Chair Holder: Prof. Lucio Valerio Barbera -  Prof. 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: Prof. Andrea Lenzi
Activated in: 2022

International Office 

Head of Unit 
Daniela Magrini 
T (+39) 06 4991 0435 (int. 20435)

Belinda Caparro
T (+39) 06 4969 0428 (ext. 30428
Claudia Fiorani
T (+39) 06 4991 0978 (int. 20978)


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