ZJU Professor Attends Anniversary Celebration of UNESCO Chairs Program


Dr. KAN Yue, a professor with ZJU’s College of Education, attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the University Twinning and Networking (UNITWIN)/UNESCO Chairs Program on October 31 in Paris. He was invited to talk about the current development and future vision of ZJU’s entrepreneurship education at the event.

The celebration took place during the 39th session of the General Conference and brought together over 200 UNESCO Chairholders, Network Coordinators and other key UNITWIN actors from 48 countries.

On behalf of the Director General of UNESCO, Mr. TANG Qiang, Assistant Director-General for Education, said in the opening remarks: “I have always seen the UNESCO UNITWIN and Chairs Program as one of the Organization’s great flagships, leading the way for the last 25 years in building new networks for innovation in teaching and research in core areas of our action.”

“Daily, in conjunction with the UNESCO Chairs, we are working to implement one of the key tasks of modern education—namely, facilitating motivation of the younger generations to cognition, creativity, labor and sport, the transformation of education into an effective social tool that provides competitiveness of individuals, society and state, both regionally and globally,” said Ms. Olga Vasilieva, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

The UNITWIN Program is “a clear example of the commitment to the advancement of science, culture and education in the international context”, said Professor Josep Vilalta, Coordinator of Global University Network for Innovation (UPC, Spain).

Since ZJU embarked on its entrepreneurship education chairs program in 2010, it has endeavored to build an integrated platform for teaching, research, think-tanks and international cooperation. For its remarkable research on entrepreneurship and innovation, ZJU has won acclaim by the UNESCO as the flagship of entrepreneurship education in the Asia-Pacific region.

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Program has helped establish a network of over 700 higher education institutions in 116 countries. It promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. Through the program, higher education and research institutions worldwide pool their resources to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies.