The first UNESCO Chair in Global Citizenship Education in Higher Education was established at the University of Bologna, and named Massimiliano Tarozzi, professor of general and social education in the department of studies on the quality of life of the Rimini campus, where the first International Research Center for Global Citizenship Education in Italy was established in 2017.
The UNESCO Chair will aim to disseminate Global Citizenship Education (GCED) issues at higher education level, because it is an educational field little studied and experienced at the teaching level. It also aims to strengthen the cooperation network between the various university institutions involved in this field of research. It creates a local network which aims to facilitate collaboration between different types of actors involved in the promotion of GCE, such as civil society organizations, schools, local authorities, private companies. In addition, it builds a global network that connects the most important research centers in the world develop joint projects and promote North-South university collaboration.
A rich program of research and teaching activities as well as dissemination events will be planned, focused on the promotion of global citizenship from the perspective of UNESCO, especially at university level.
Over the past decade, the United Nations has strongly promoted GCE as an educational approach. It has therefore been widely adopted in the education systems of several countries, including Italy. This pedagogical approach aims to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to live in a globalized world, but above all to make it more just, inclusive, peaceful and sustainable. Global citizenship education is also mentioned in target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals and constitutes a transversal educational perspective, recognized as essential for the achievement of the 17 goals of the Agenda 2030 that the University of Bologna has adopted.
The project was made possible also thanks to the support of various academics and international research centers, including the Department of Human Sciences of the University of Verona and the Rimini region. In particular, the UniRimini Consortium has garnered the unreserved support of several agencies in the Romagna region around the themes of the UNESCO Chair: Municipality and Province of Rimini; Chamber of Commerce of Forlì, Cesena, Rimini, Confidustria Romagna, Fondation CARIM and Italian Exhibition Group Spa.
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