A solemn 25th anniversary celebration ceremony of the UNITWIN Chairs Programme took place in Paris in the framework of the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO. Ms Olga Vasilyeva, the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, made welcome speech at the ceremony.
In her speech, Ms Vasilieva stressed that the cooperation of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and UNESCO is developing fruitfully, and "the acqusition of new values, skills and knowledge, related to the Declaration Education 2030: Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all" and the corresponding SDG 4 of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, have a special significance for Russia."
The Minister of Education and Science of Russia reported that there are 65 university chairs of UNESCO, 369 associated schools (4% of the world network) in the Russian Federation.
- UNESCO Chairs play an increasingly important role in the exchange of experience, knowledge and information related to higher education and the development of science, ensure the entry of Russian universities and scientific institutions into the existing global system of multilateral inter-university and scientific cooperation. A number of Russian chairs actively cooperate with the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education and are part of an open network created on its basis," said Ms Vasilieva.
The Minister informed that the Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs in the Russian Federation under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, was formed in 2007. It deals with the consolidation of the experience of the chairs, the dissemination of information on the most interesting projects and programs, the examination of applications from higher education institutions and scientific organizations.
Ms Vasilieva clarified that the range of activities of the chairs in the implementation of projects and programs is very wide: "from large-scale projects such as the "Big Volga", to local ones, focused on the development of certain areas of science or the support of specific museums, reserves, libraries."
In cooperation with the UNESCO Chairs we are working on the implementation of one of the key tasks of modern education, which is to develop the motivation of the younger generations to cognition, creativity, work and sport, the transformation of education into an effective social tool that ensures the competitiveness of the individual, society and state regionally and globally,” - concluded Ms Vasilyeva.
Source: Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation