The UNSECO/UNITWIN Chair programme was launched by UNESCO in the year 1992 with an aim to advance research, training and programme development in higher education by building university networks and encouraging inter-university cooperation through transfer of knowledge across borders. The UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair programme involves over 854 institutions in 134 countries as of end of 2013.
UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme
UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs are formed to advance training, research and programme development in higher education institutions within the UNESCO mandate. The aim of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs is to work towards serving the Transforming our world: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They do this by pursuing international collaborations among universities and other Higher Education Institutions around the world. The daily business of all the UNESCO Chairs is to serve the great vision of UNESCO that states in its constitution “since war begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed”.
UNESCO Chair at Mount Kenya University
The UNESCO Chair on Digital Education, Inter-Disciplinary Teaching and Sustainable Development at Mount Kenya University was established to look into and research on Digital Education at all levels from Primary school through to University education. Mount Kenya University was granted the UNESCO chair in April 2017 after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Chair is based in Nakuru Campus of the University. The Director of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair is Prof. Joel Kiboss. The Coordinator of the programme is Moses Nderitu, based in Thika, main campus of the university. The chair looks at Digital education in regards to Educational Technologies, conducts research on Education for the marginalized and Out-of-School Youth, Education in Emergencies among many others. This is aimed at achieving the targets of the Global Education 2030 Agenda (SDG 4) within the 2030 Agenda. Everyone has a right to education at whatever level, wherever one is and Technology can assist in reaching the unreached and this is the essence of creating the UNESCO Chair at Mount Kenya University.