Georgia, Tbilisi (TSU)

UNESCO Chair on Intercultural Dialogue

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Description and Mandate of the Chair

In June 2003, at the conference « Dialogue of Civilizations: Caucasus », organized by the Department of UNESCO for Cultural Policy and Intercultural Dialogue in Vilnius, creation of the Chair in Intercultural Dialogue at Tbilisi was decided. After 3 years of preparation activities, in March 2006, an agreement about the establishment of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Dialogue was signed by the Secretary-General of UNESCO and the Rector of Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. On March 31 – April 1, 2006 the meeting of the representatives of the UNESCO Chairs was held in Paris. A seminar discussing « The Role of Higher Education in Promoting the Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue » was arranged where Tbilisi State University was presented by professor Nino Chikovani. TSU Chair in Intercultural Dialogue was accepted as UNESCO/UNITWIN network member.

According to the agreement with UNESCO:

The purpose of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on cultural studies, intercultural communication, memory studies, identity studies.  …dialogues of cultures…

Institute of Culture Studies was established in 2006 at the Faculty of Humanities. It was emerged on the basis of the Department of History and Theory of Culture. Institute offers the educational programs in Cultural Studies on the BA, MA, and PhD levels. Since 2009, as a result of the collaboration with the Department of International Relations and the Department of Political Sciences (Faculty of Social and Political Sciences) a new MA Program « Nationalism and Ethnicity Studies » was opened.

In March 2006, an agreement about the establishment of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural Dialogue was signed by the Secretary-General of UNESCO and the Rector of Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. Now the Chair is a member of UNESCO/UNITWIN network and collaborates with other member chairs. The memorandum is signed with the National Curriculum and Assessment Centre (Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia).

Since 2003 annual scientific journal « Civilization Researches » is published. The journal gained an international status from 2007.

(Ref.: Website of the chair)

(UNESCO No. 1133)
(Ver. PBe 10-2022)

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