The United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), established in 2001 and located in Bruges, is a research and training Institute of the United Nations University (UNU). UNU-CRIS specializes in the processes and consequences of regional integration and cooperation. UNU-CRIS aims to achieve the goals of the UN and UNU through comparative and interdisciplinary research and training for a better understanding of intra- and inter-regional integration. It acts as a think tank contributing to capacity building on integration and cooperation, particularly in developing countries.
The Centre for Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) is the first research institution in Africa dedicated entirely to governance innovation. It focuses not only on cutting-edge research, but it is also an ‘innovation laboratory’ capable of generating new thinking about governance and development as well as attract innovators from all over the world. In short, GovInn is an intellectual ‘inn’ for innovation in the 21st century. GovInn is part of the University of Pretoria.
The University of Pretoria comprises nine faculties and a business school. It has established itself as the leading research university in South Africa in terms of research output, as measured by the Department of Higher education. The Department of Political Sciences (University of Pretoria) presents under- and postgraduate degree packages and modules in International Relations and Political Science up to the doctoral level. It has long tradition of research and teaching in various fields, including Euro-African relations. Since 2006, it has established a post-graduate course on European Studies, which focuses on the global role of the EU. During 2006-2007, the Department collaborated with the National Centre for Research on Europe (New Zealand) on the project ‘The EU through the Eyes of Asia Pacific and Southern Africa’ and its researchers have published extensively on the relationship between the EU and Africa. In 2008, the Department was awarded an EU FP7 grant of about Euro 160,000 as a participant in the research project ‘Mercury: Multilateralism and the EU in Contemporary Global Order’. In 2010, the Department established a Research Unit for Euro-African Studies.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities: Africa and Gender equality.