The UNESCO Chair of Intercultural and Interreligious Exchanges is part of the Faculty of Philosophy within the University of Bucharest.
This UNESCO Chair began its activity in 1999.
The main target of the Chair has been from its very beginning to promote academic relationships within Europe and to support the transfer of Know How. The full involvement of Swiss, German and French professors, alongside the Romanian teaching staff of this Department fosters exactly that enriching academic relationship.
Furthermore, students of the Chair or PhD candidates are offered study periods in Swiss, French and German universities or other higher education institutions. The three Master programs organized by the UNESCO Chair within that international framework are the following ones:
The research projects in which the Chair has been recently involved are the following ones:
- 2005-2008: Are there essential differences between East and West? South Eastern and Western Europe in a comparative framework (project supported by the SNFNS, Switzerland)
- 2006-2009: Welfare and Values in Europe: Transitions related to Religion, Minorities and Gender (project supported by the European Commission)
- 2009-2013: Violence and repression as discourse and practice in South Eastern Europe: an historical and comparative perspective (project supported by the SNFNS, Switzerland)
- 2010-2014: Translating God(s): Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (project supported by the European Commission)
These research projects demonstrate that the interest of the Chair goes far beyond EU and EEA. Given the fact that Romania with its Black Sea cost is one of Europe’s open windows towards the larger Black Sea Region and Central Asia, the UNESCO Department has assumed the role of a bridge builder between Europe and Central Asia. In this capacity, in September 2001, the Bucharest UNESCO Chair on the study of intercultural and interreligious exchanges became the initiator of the (worldwide) UNITWIN Network for Intercultural Understanding, as a developmental tool for existing or future possible relations among the UNESCO Chairs. The UNESCO Department place currently the role of multiple dialog mediator between all the UNESCO Chairs interested in intercultural and interreligious topics.