United Nations University

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United Nations University
United Nations University

United Nations University in Shibuya
Organization type Special agency of the United Nations
Abbreviation UNU
management David M. Malone since 2013 Canada
Founded 1972
Headquarters Shibuya Japan
Upper organization United NationsU.N. United Nations

The United Nations University ( UNU , Eng. United Nations University ), and World University called, is an autonomous subsidiary organ of the United Nations . It was founded in 1973 with the aim of working out future questions for mankind in all areas of life on a concentrated scientific basis. It is headquartered in Shibuya ( Tokyo Prefecture ) and has three branch offices in Paris , Bonn and New York .


It maintains numerous research and training centers that are networked around the world. These are divided into institutes and programs .



Award of academic degrees

The "UNU" is an autonomous subsidiary body of the United Nations and was created in 1975 to bring scientific know-how to international policy-making. Accordingly, it has always acted as a think tank and “network of networks”. Until 2009 it was not allowed to award academic degrees and was more of an international, interdisciplinary community of trained scientists .

This was initiated under the former Rector of the UNU, Konrad Osterwalder , and approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Since then, the university has been able to offer full postgraduate courses (master’s and doctoral courses) and award the corresponding academic degrees. Around 180 people around the world are now studying at it in four different master’s courses and one doctoral course, around 70 percent of them come from developing countries, according to the UNU. In cooperation with the TU Dresden, the UNU has been offering a doctoral program called "Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste" since October 2014. Five to six doctoral students are trained in this. It is the first time that the UNU in Germany offers the opportunity to obtain a doctorate.

The UNU is funded through voluntary contributions from governments, foundations, companies and other UN organizations.


  • Hilmar Schmundt: The World University . In: Der Spiegel . No. 2 , 2008, p. 126 ff . ( online ).
  • Luisa Hommerich: The whole world is one campus . In: Der Tagesspiegel , May 20, 2014.

Web links

Commons : United Nations University  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ United Nations University: History and Background . on www.unu.edu (English)
  2. Luisa Hommerich: The whole world is one campus . In: Der Tagesspiegel from May 20, 2014. on www.tagesspiegel.de (as of May 20, 2014)

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