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UNESCO confirms Chair in Brescia until 2022

The agreement between UNESCO and the University of Brescia concerning the Chair "Training and empowering human resources for health development in the resource-limited countries" has been renewed for another four years, until March 2022.

The chair, established in March 2014 at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, is directed by prof. Francesco Castelli, Rector delegate for Development Cooperation and professor of Infectious Diseases.

This prestigious confirmation came in recent days from the Head of Higher Education Section of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), following the positive evaluation of the results achieved in recent years.

“Training and empowering human resources for health development in resource-limited countries” is the only Unesco Chair in Italy for the ​​Medicine sector, together with University of Rome-Tor Vergata Chair in Biotechnology. It promotes an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on international health cooperation and collaboration between international researchers, professors of the University of Brescia and other institutions in Italy, Europe, Africa, Latin America and other regions of the world.

"The news of the prestigious renewal of the Agreement between Unesco and our University honors us and rewards the effort the University put during this year in the promotion of the cycle of seminars dedicated to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 agenda of the United Nations. This activity is one of the initiatives of the UNESCO Chair", declared the Rector, prof. Maurizio Tira.

In the presentation to the press of the news, the professor Castelli has drawn a picture of the challenges that await the chair in the next four years: among others, the research doctorate in International Development Cooperation, elective courses for students and the European course of Global Health, summer schools in Brescia but also in Ethiopia, research training in Ghana and specific initiatives about migration.

The UNESCO Chairs project was born in 1991 to strengthen and develop collaborative and exchange relationships between educational institutions around the world. The goal of this project is to make UNESCO a workshop of ideas and a catalyst for international cooperation through universities and other institutions of higher education and research.

Monday, August 27, 2018