INN University awarded UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Development

INN University awarded UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Development

Rector Kathrine Skretting congratulates associate professor Victoria W. Thoresen for the renewal of the UNESCO Chair (photo: INN University).

UNESCO – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has renewed INN University's “UNESCO Chair for Education about Sustainable Lifestyles” for a new period.

Each period lasts four years and INN University’s chair is thus renewed until 2023.

Awarded to distinguished academic environments for their excellence

UNESCO Chair is a recognition bestowed upon institutions around the world that house specialist communities that excel internationally in selected areas. The scheme was established in 1992.

The UN's UNESCO Chair and UNITWIN network act as think tanks and bridge builders between the academia, civil society, local communities, research and governments. They inform policy makers, initiate new educational areas, generate innovation through research and contribute to the enrichment of existing university programmes. In areas where expertise is lacking, UNESCO Chairs and networks have evolved into competence centres, and contribute to innovation at international and local levels.

Must ensure expertise and further development

Hedmark University of Applied Sciences was awarded the UNESCO Chair in 2015 in the area of ​​"Education for Sustainable Living". It was the first time that an educational institution in Norway received such a status, and the institution's UNESCO Chair is the only one in the world linked to the theme of "education for sustainable living".

The award to INN University is a recognition of work that has been carried out for over 20 years, led by associate professor Victoria W. Thoresen. INN University was awarded the UNESCO Chair to ensure the expertise and further development of the work on this theme.

INN University’s involvement has taken place in cooperation with the Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion; the Ministry of Education and Research; and the Ministry of Climate and Environment, as well as with 140 higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations in more than 50 countries. This has been facilitated through, among others, The Consumer Citizenship Network and The Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL) and the Centre for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Education at INN University.