The UNU’s work focuses on sustainable solutions to issues of human welfare, primarily in developing countries. The UNU headquarters is in Tokyo. In 2007 the UNU also established the Vice-Rectorate in Europe
in Bonn. It also hosts three other institutions of the UNU family. The United Nations University (UNU) – a global network of research and training centres – is the UN’s academic arm. Since 2003 Bonn has been an important UNU site with the Institute for Environment and Human Security.
“We are a special university. Our campus is the entire world. We explore the pressing issues facing humanity.”, says Jakob Rhyner, UNU Vice-rector in Europe, director of the Institute for Environment and Human Security.
Connecting worlds of knowledge – the academic relations initiative
The Research and Academic Relations Initiative strengthens the international networking of research in Germany – not only with attractive scholarships for students and researchers, but also with new German Science and Innovation Centres and centres of excellence at universities abroad. The Federal Foreign Office’s Research and Academic Relations Initiative, launched in 2009, is expanding its existing range of scholarships. For example, there will be more support for international graduates of German schools abroad and young academics from crisis regions.
Optimum conditions for top international research
Top-level research is conducted at hundreds of non-university institutions in Germany. The institutes of the Fraunhofer and Max Planck Societies and the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations collaborate closely with international scholars. German research organizations engage in basic and applied research on the most important issues facing humanity and affecting our future. The facilities of the Fraunhofer and Max Planck Societies and the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations provide ideal conditions for doctoral students from abroad.
Top training for the decision-makers of tomorrow
Education is a key factor in building democratic structures. The Federal Foreign Office therefore supports training for academics from crisis regions and developing countries with training programmes, mainly under the auspices of the DAAD and the Humboldt Foundation.