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All Countries: United Nations University (UNU)

About Us

The United Nations University (UNU), established in 1973, is the academic and research arm of the United Nations. It is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with diplomatic status as a UN institution. Since 2010, UNU has been authorized by the United Nations General Assembly to grant degrees. It also provides a bridge between the UN and the international academic, policy-making and private sector communities.

The university is headed by a rector who holds the rank of Under-Secretary General of the United Nations.

Institutes and programmes

The academic work of the United Nations University is carried out by a global system of research and training institutes and programmes.


  • UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies in Bruges, Belgium
  • UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn, Germany
  • UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) in Dresden, Germany
  • UNU Institute of Advanced Studies in Yokohama, Japan (will be merged with UNU –ISP)
  • UNU International Institute for Global Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • UNU Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) in Macao, China
  • UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa in Accra, Ghana
  • UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) in Tokyo, Japan
  • UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Institute on Innovation and Technology in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) in Hamilton, Canada


  • UNU Programme for Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC) in Caracas, Venezuela
  • UNU Food and Nutrition Programme for Human and Social Development (UNU-FNP) in Ithaca, United States
  • UNU Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • UNU Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • UNU Land Restoration Training Programme (UNU-LRT) in Reykjavik, Iceland

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