The Second Open Meeting of the Balkan UNESCO Chairs, organised by the UNESCO Chair for Business Administration (Chaire UNESCO pour la formation et la recherche appliquée au développement de l’entreprise dans les pays en conversion économique) within the Faculty of Business Administration, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania in partnership with the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO (CNR UNESCO), will bring together the Balkan UNESCO Chairs on the topic of topic of “Education for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability in the Knowledge Economy”.
The meeting aims to explore common points of interest and to extend the bilateral and multilateral collaboration between the UNESCO chairs and UNITWIN networks, by initiating and developing common projects with regard to the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development.
In order assure even more erudite input on the topic under discussion, we extended the circle of invited guests by some geographic close specialised chairs. A full list of invited Chairs can be accessed here. However, the meeting is open for any UNESCO chair, please contact us if you are interested to join the meeting.
In September 2015, the United Nations adopted a resolution setting an agenda for sustainable development “for people, planet and prosperity”: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Following the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which came to end in 2015, the 2030 Agenda builds on their achievements and sets 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.
The 2030 Agenda represents a significant step forward in the recognition of the contribution of science, technology and innovation (STI) to sustainable development and as a driving force, not only for economic growth and prosperity, but also for environmental sustainability, development and social inclusion. The 2030 Agenda offers immense opportunities to reconnect science to society and to build a new basis for research and development as a key precondition for both science and society to flourish.
As the only UN agency with science in its mandate, UNESCO is at the heart of this initiative, through our intergovernmental scientific programmes, through our science education initiatives, through our Centres of Excellence, institutes and UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks.
The Conference is organised within the framework of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The success of this initiative is impressive and we count today more than 700 UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks worldwide, with more than 40 in the Balkan Region
Therefore, the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks have an important role to play in the common effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
In this context, UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks from the Balkan Region will gather in Bucharest to build synergy and cooperation among themselves and with other specialised UNESCO Chairs.
|1||UNESCO Chair on Energy Conservation and Renewable Energies (1996), Belarusian State Polytechnical Academy, Minsk (21)||Belarus|
|2||Chaire UNESCO d’Innovation pour le développement durable (2004), Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Marseille (ESIM), Marseille (651)||France|
|3||Chaire UNESCO en innovation, transmission et édition numériques (ITEN) (2014), Université Paris 8 (1059)||France|
|4||Chaire UNESCO « Sciences et ingénierie des matériaux : énergie environnement santé » (2014), Université de Strasbourg (1048)||France|
|5||UNESCO Chair For Entrepreneurship and Intercultural Management (2010), The Bergische Universität Wuppertal (867)||Germany|
|6||UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development (2005), University of Lueneburg (687)||Germany|
|7||UNESCO Chair on New paradigms and instruments for bio-cultural landscape management (2015), The Higher Institute on Territorial Systems for Innovation (SiTI), Torino (1110)||Italy|
|8||UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development (2012), Politecnico di Milano (966)||Italy|
|9||UNESCO Chair on Teacher Education and Continuing education: Interplay of Tradition and Innovation in Education for Sustainable Development (2013), Daugavpils University (1016)||Latvia|
|10||UNESCO Chair in Quality Teaching and Learning in Higher Education under the Conditions of Systemic Social and Economic Transformations (1996), University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Olsztyn (169)||Poland|
|11||UNESCO Chair in Institutional Research and Higher Education Policy (2012), Adam Mickiewicz University (984)||Poland|
|12||UNESCO Chair in Policies of Higher Education (2000), Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR), Moscow (509)||Russia|
|13||UNESCO Chair on Psychology and Pedagogy of Higher Education (2007), at the Academy of Law and Management, Moscow (795)||Russia|
|14||UNESCO Chair in Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification (1997), All – Russian Research Institute for Electrification of Agriculture, Moscow (192)||Russia|
|15||Chair UNESCO-SA NOSTRA en Gestion d’entreprise et environnement (2001) Université des Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca (566)||Spain|
|16||Chaire UNESCO d’Innovation et gestion de la culture entrepreneuriale dans le cadre universitaire (2006), Université de Santiago de Compostelle (739)||Spain|
|17||UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development: Global Food Production and Safety (2014), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and Fundación TRIPTOLEMOS (1065)||Spain|
|18||UNESCO Chair on gender equality policies in science, technology and innovation (2016), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (1144)||Spain|
|19||UNESCO Chair in Research Management and Innovation Systems (2010), Lund University (868)||Sweden|
|20||UNESCO Chair in Higher Education Management (2000), University of Bath, Bath (504)||UK|
|1||UNESCO Chair on Multiculturalism, Intercultural dialogue and Human Rights in the Balkans (1129), Marin Barleti University (2016)||Albania|
|2||UNESCO Chair on Culture of Peace and Human Rights (1998), Bourgas Free University, Bourgas (45)||Bulgaria|
|3||UNESCO Chair in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Change Management (2011)-Technical University of Sofia, Sofia (931)||Bulgaria|
|4||UNESCO Chair on ICTs in Library Studies, Education and Cultural Heritage (2012), State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (1000)||Bulgaria|
|5||UNESCO Chair in Communication and Public Relations, Sofia University „St Kliment Ohridski” , within the framework of ORBICOM Network, (Bulgaria)||Bulgaria|
|6||UNESCO Chair in Governance and Management of Higher Education (2003), University of Zagreb, Zagreb (609)||Croatia|
|7||UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurship Education (2008), J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek (801)||Croatia|
|8||UNESCO Chair on the Free Movement of People, Migration and Inter-Cultural Dialogue (2014), University of Zagreb (1060)||Croatia|
|9||UNESCO Chair on the Social Sciences and Medical Humanities (2016), University of Rijeka (1128)||Croatia|
|10||UNESCO Chair on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace (2004), l Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace, Nicosia (669)||Cyprus|
|11||UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (2009), University of Cyprus (864)||Cyprus|
|12||UNESCO Chair in Media, Dialogue and Mutual Understanding (2011), The School of Journalism and Public Relations (944)||FYR Macedonia|
|13||UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Studies and Research (2014), The University St Cyril and Methodius, Skopje (1061)||FYR Macedonia|
|14||UNESCO Chair on Education for Human Rights and Peace (1997), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT), Thessaloniki (99)||Greece|
|15||Chaire UNESCO de politique interculturelle pour une citoyenneté active et solidaire (2004), Université de Macédoine, Thessaloniki (654)||Greece|
|16||UNESCO Chair on Natural Hazards in the Geosphere, the Hydrosphere and the Atmosphere (2006), National Observatory of Athens (751)||Greece|
|17||UNESCO Chair in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education for sustainable development (2008), University of Crete (799)||Greece|
|18||UNESCO Chair in Human Rights, Democracy and Peace (2010), The Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (905)||Greece|
|19||UNESCO Chair in Adolescent Health Care (2010), The University of Athens (909)||Greece|
|20||UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean (2012), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (983)||Greece|
|21||UNESCO Chair on Solid Earth Physics and Geohazards Risk Reduction (2015), Technological Educational Institute of Crete (1113)||Greece|
|22||UNESCO Chair on Conservation and Ecotourism of Riparian and Deltaic Ecosystems (2016), Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Kavala (1159)||Greece|
|23||UNESCO Chair / Network in contemporary history of the Balkans, Ionian University, Corfu (Greece)||Greece|
|24||UNESCO Chair/ International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans on “Sustainable Management on Water and Conflict Resolution” (618), established in 2003 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki||Greece|
|25||UNESCO Chair in Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights (2005), University of Montenegro, Niksic (671)||Montenegro|
|26||Chaire UNESCO pour la formation et la recherche appliquée au développement de l’entreprise dans les pays en conversion économique (1995), Académie des études économiques de Bucarest, Bucharest (176)||Romania|
|27||Département Chaire UNESCO d’Etude des Echanges Interculturels et Interreligieux (1999), Université de Bucarest, Bucharest (462)||Romania|
|28||UNESCO Chair in Information Technologies (2000), University of Oradea, Oradea (480)||Romania|
|29||UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development through research and education in modern physics (2010), The Horia Hulubei Foundation (882)||Romania|
|30||UNESCO Chair in Quality Management of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning (2011), Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (927)||Romania|
|31||UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies (2012), National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (982)||Romania|
|32||UNESCO Chair in Engineering Sciences : Energy and Environment Programme, Polytechnic University of Bucharest||Romania|
|33||UNESCO-Cousteau International Ecotechnie Chair/Network, University of Bucharest||Romania|
|34||UNESCO Chair in Integrated Rural Development, Universitatea de Stiinte Agronomice si Medicina Veterinara Bucuresti||Romania|
|35||UNESCO Chair in Studies of Interculturalism, Art and Cultural Management and Mediation in the Balkans (2004), The University of Arts in Belgrade, Belgrade (649)||Serbia|
|36||UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies and Research (2008), the University of Novi Sad (798)||Serbia|
|37||UNESCO Chair in Water for Ecologically Sustainable Development (2012), The University of Belgrade (969)||Serbia|
|38||UNESCO Chair on Karst Education (2014), University of Nova Gorica (1070)||Slovenia|
|39||UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning (2014), The Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana (1080)||Slovenia|
|40||UNESCO Chair on water-related disaster risk reduction (2016), University of Ljubljana (1134)||Slovenia|
|41||UNESCO Chair on Mechatronics (1993), Bogaziçi University, Istanbul (263)||Turkey|
|42||UNESCO Chair in Computer – Integrated Manufacturing (1997), University of Galatasaray, Istanbul (264)||Turkey|
|43||UNESCO Chair in Philosophy and Human Rights (2009), Maltepe University (841)||Turkey|
|44||UNESCO Chair on the Management and Promotion of World Heritage Sites: New Media and Community Involvement (2015), Kadir Has University (1088)||Turkey|
|45||UNESCO Chair on Cultural Diplomacy, Governance and Education (2015), Istanbul Aydin University (1089)||Turkey|
|46||UNESCO Chair on Improvement in Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (2016), Giresun University (1127)||Turkey|
|47||UNESCO Chair on gender equality and sustainable development (2016), Koç University (1130)||Turkey|
|48||UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Peace (2016), Istanbul Aydin University (1192)||Turkey|
|49||UNESCO Chair on International Migration (2016), Yaşar University (1201)||Turkey|
If you would like to attend the meeting but did not received an invitation, please contact us!
Roxana Clodnitchi, PhD
The concept of promoting education is considered to be the main pillar for improving the quality of life and implementing sustainable development goals.
Many researchers have pointed out that the interdisciplinary approach to education for sustainable development and corporate social responsibility is the key in the context of diversity. (Eagan et al., 2002; Dale &Newman, 2005; Summers et al., 2005; Luppi, 2011) Experts from different disciplines and professionals should cooperate in order to achieve the sustainable development goals, in an integrated way. (Diab-Annan & Molinari, 2017) Students, together with their teachers, have also an important role in adopting social and environmental issues through interdisciplinarity, with impact on their everyday life. (Kysilka, 1998; Newman, 2005; Jain et al., 2013)
A number of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formally adopted in 2015, with the main purpose to end extreme poverty, protect the environment and promote prosperity for everybody. (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300 )
The Sustainable Development Goal 4 (https://en.unesco.org/node/265600), together with Education 2030 Framework for Action (http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002456/245656E.pdf ) represent the main issues for Education for the 21st century.
Within the UNESCO priority area of Education, there can be found 20% of the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks. (http://en.unesco.org/countries)
Sustainability should be implemented throughout the Curriculum, closely monitored by the accreditation bodies, and, the Interdisciplinary approach to education.
“Education is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality” (UNESCO, 2017)
Education for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability in the Knowledge Economy
The Bucharest Milestone: policy action towards Education 2030 Agenda implementation success
UNESCO’s existing network of Chairs, together with the Networks in Education within the Balkan Peninsula, will conclude with the adoption of the Bucharest Milestone, an instrument for the UNESCO Chairs from Balkan States to sustain and influence the implementation of the Education 2030 Framework for action for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 4.
UNESCO, in partnership with UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women and UNHCR organized the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 19-22 May 2015, hosted by the republic of Korea. Over 1600 participants from 160 countries adopted the Incheon Declaration for Education 2030, which sets out a new vision for education for the following years.
The Bucharest Milestone will guide the UNESCO Chairs in Education from Balkans, in close link with the UNESCO Chairs, to generate and develop new tools to help Member States address the challenges raised by the Sustainable Development Goals in Education.
The Bucharest Milestone underlines the need for interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity in connecting science, society and policy and sharing knowledge widely.
The Action Plan for follow-up of the Bucharest Milestone will be submitted to consultation with UNESCO Chairs and Networks in Education from Balkan Peninsula in 2018.
Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Piața Romană 6, București 010374
|10:00 – 12:30||
Chair: Prof. Alina Mihaela Dima, PhD, Director of UNESCO Chair for Business Administration
Adrian Cioroianu, the Romanian Ambassador to UNESCO
|12:30 – 14:00||Networking Lunch|
|14:00 – 16:00|| UNESCO Chairholders Workshop (1st part)
|16:00 – 16:30||Coffee Break|
|16:30 – 18:00|| UNESCO Chairholders Workshop
|19:00 – 22:00||Networking Dinner (Casa Doina Restaurant)|
Bucharest University of Economic Studies
Faculty for Business Administration
Calea Griviței 2-2A, București 010731
Victor Slăvescu Building
|10:00 – 13:00||Optional Social Program|
|12:30 – 14:00||Networking Lunch|
|14:00 – 16:00||UNESCO Chairholders Workshop (1st part)
|16:00 – 18:00||