University for Peace (UPEACE)

Headquartered in Costa Rica, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. As determined in the Charter of the University and endorsed by the UPEACE Council, the mission of the University for Peace is: "To provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations." To ensure academic freedom, the University was established under its own Charter, approved by the General Assembly. UPEACE is not subject to UN regulations and is directed by its own Council of renowned personalities with expertise in peace and security matters. This has allowed the University to move rapidly and to innovate, focusing its new, rigorous academic programme on the fundamental causes of conflict through a multidisciplinary, multicultural-oriented approach. The wider mission of the University should be seen in the context of the worldwide peace and security objectives of the United Nations. The central importance of education, training and research in all their aspects to build the foundations of peace and progress and to reduce the prejudice and hatred on which violence, conflict and terrorism are based is increasingly recognized. The Charter of the University calls for UPEACE "to contribute to the great universal task of educating for peace by engaging in teaching, research, post-graduate training and dissemination of knowledge fundamental to the full development of the human person and societies through the interdisciplinary study of all matters related to peace". Funding of UPEACE programmes comes from the support of a number of donor governments, foundations and institutions who believe in the mission of the University. Fundraising for an endowment fund is in progress. The vision of UPEACE is to become a network of collaborating UPEACE centres and activities in different regions, guided from its headquarters in Costa Rica and cooperating with a large number of universities, NGOs and other partners on education and research for peace.

Established as a Treaty Organization with its own Charter in an International Agreement adopted by the General Assembly in resolution 35/55 of 5 December 1980, the University for Peace has the mission: "to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations". The Charter of the University sets out in its appendix the following general principles: 1. The persistence of war in the history of mankind and the growing threats against peace in recent decades jeopardize the very existence of the human race and make it imperative that peace should no longer be viewed as a negative concept, as the end of conflict or as a simple diplomatic compromise, but rather that it should be achieved and ensured through the most valuable and most effective resource that man possesses: education. 2. Peace is the primary and irrevocable obligation of a nation and the fundamental objective of the United Nations; it is the reason for its existence. However, the best tool for achieving this supreme good for humankind, namely education, has not been used. 3. Many nations and international organizations have attempted to attain peace through disarmament. This effort must be continued; yet facts show that man should not be too optimistic as long as the human mind has not been imbued with the notion of peace from an early age. It is necessary to break the vicious circle of struggling for peace without an educational foundation. 4. This is the challenge that now faces all nations and all men as the twenty-first century approaches. The decision must be made to save the human race, which is threatened by war, through education for peace. If education has been the instrument of science and technology, there is all the more reason to use it to achieve this primary right of the human being.

  • Education training and capacity building

Education training and capacity building

Teaching and Research Face-to-Face Teaching through MA Programmes: UPEACE has been offering Master’s Degree Programmes at its Costa Rica campus for students from all parts of the world since 2002. The following Programmes are being offered during the academic year 2009-2010: • MA in International Law and the Settlement of Disputes; • MA in International Law and Human Rights; • MA in International Peace Studies; • MA in Gender and Peacebuilding; • MA in Peace Education; • MA in Environmental Security and Peace; MA in Natural Resources and Peace • MA in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies. . MA in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development Dual campus MA programme in International Peace Studies in partnership with Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, The Philippines • Dual Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (with American University, Washington DC); Dual degree programmes in International Law and Human Rights and Media, Peace and Conflict Studies with Hankuk University of Foreign Affairs. Resident faculty in Costa Rica are helped to deliver the academic programme and training at the Headquarters campus and elsewhere by visiting faculty from all corners of the globe. Teaching in the field of peace and conflict is based on an interactive methodology which draws from the experiences of the students and the faculty. All students enrolled in the MA Programmes at the Costa Rica campus begin with a Foundation Course in Peace and Conflict Studies, designed to provide a common base for addressing the complex and interconnected challenges to peace. Face-to-Face Teaching through Short Courses: In addition to its graduate programmes, UPEACE also offers short courses and professional training workshops, largely based on components of its MA Programmes, to various partner organizations and institutions worldwide. More than 3,000 individuals have earned certificates from one of our short courses delivered in Costa Rica and elsewhere. Students and Alumni at UPEACE receive a high quality education in a unique atmosphere with a focus on multicultural perspectives, rigorous theory and practical applications. During the last four years, more than seven hundred students from over 70 countries have received graduate degrees from UPEACE. UPEACE alumni are working in peace related activities in their home countries and internationally, often in the front lines of conflict situations. Many work for non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental institutions, including the UN system. Others are teaching in academic institutions or occupying positions in various governmental departments. The University maintains a strong alumni network which is linked with other like-minded groups to increase the positive impact on crucial world problems they have been trained to address. Alumni regularly tell us that the UPEACE experience which has instilled in them a ‘sense of hope’ has forever ‘changed their lives’. More information about UPEACE alumni can be found on the UPEACE website: http://network.upeace.org. Research and Publications: UPEACE faculty carry out research activities on critical issues and problem areas related to UPEACE’s unique character and mandate. Research topics include development, peace and security; gender and peacebuilding in Africa; human security and democracy in Central America; the role of the media in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. UPEACE students’ Masters theses contribute to the research programme of the University. UPEACE electronic publications include the monthly Peace and Conflict Monitor and the Peace and Conflict Review. Sharing Knowledge for Peace: The Sharing Knowledge for Peace Programme is the mechanism established by UPEACE to broaden and multiply the impact of the work done at the Costa Rica campus and in other parts of the UPEACE system, enabling many more institutions and individuals to gain knowledge and skills to reduce and prevent conflict. Teaching materials in the form of Toolkits for Teaching, providing curriculum materials in DVD/CD-ROM form based on the course modules offered in the face-to-face programmes, are prepared and disseminated to partner universities and institutions wishing to teach peace and security studies. A distance education Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies is in preparation for students wishing to earn credit towards an MA Degree or enrol in free standing courses on a non-credit basis. A Book Series is also part of the Sharing Knowledge for Peace Programme. Enhancing our Impact Worldwide Through Partnerships: While the work at the UPEACE Headquarters campus is valuable, its unique approach to issues of world-wide concern is amplified through reaching out to our many partners around the world. Teaching on a world-wide scale is accomplished through meaningful partnerships between UPEACE centres and institutions carrying out joint activities in each main region of the world. These activities enhance the capacity of partner institutions to conduct education for peace activities and thereby significantly augment UPEACE’s ability to fulfil its mission to provide humanity with an institution of higher education for peace. Partnership agreements have been established with numerous educational and other like-minded institutions. Examples include the Dual MA Programme with American University in Washington, DC and plans for similar arrangements with universities in Ethiopia, the Philippines and Korea. UPEACE is a partner in the recently launched Institute for Peace Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. The National Universities Commission in Nigeria has instructed all Nigerian Universities to teach courses in peace and conflict studies based on UPEACE´s curriculum. Collaboration with the University of Tajikistan and with the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies in Sri Lanka on joint courses in peace studies are other examples of partnerships being undertaken in different parts of the world. UPEACE is able to multiply its impact through such joint activities to reach beyond the relatively small number of students who can actually travel to and spend a year in Costa Rica. As a part of activities aimed at enhancing UPEACE’s impact, a series of conferences/workshops have been or are being organized on topics such as: Peace and Development in Addis Ababa; Capacity Building for Peace and Development: the Roles of Diaspora in Toronto; Regional Water Resources and Conflict Prevention in Almaty; the International Institute on Peace Education on a Planetary Ethic in Costa Rica, and Climate Change and Vulnerability in the Hague.
  • Capacity and development training
Description of activities
Conflicts in developing countries cannot be resolved indefinitely by international intervention. Educational capacities must be strengthened within the developing countries to produce the expertise required, and it is the specific role of the University for Peace to facilitate this process. The overall academic programme of UPEACE includes the following components; teaching a diverse multicultural group of students at its main campus; teaching similar courses, adapted to local cultures and conditions, at other locations in Africa, Central Asia etc.; disseminating course materials to partner universities for them to teach; distance education and continuing education programs. The courses are not only adapted to post-graduate students but also to mid-career professionals, leaders of civil society, business and also the military etc./ Global

  • Africa
    • Eastern Africa
      • Kenya
      • Sudan
      • Rwanda
      • Ethiopia
      • Zambia
      • Djibouti
    • Northern Africa
      • Egypt
    • Southern Africa
      • South Africa
    • Western Africa
      • Sierra Leone
      • Senegal
      • Nigeria
  • Americas
    • Central America
      • Costa Rica
    • North America
      • United States of America
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Chile
      • Uruguay
      • Colombia
  • Asia
    • Central Asia
      • Kazakhstan
      • Kyrgyzstan
      • Tajikistan
      • Uzbekistan
      • Turkmenistan
    • South Asia
      • Nepal
      • India
      • Pakistan
      • Sri Lanka
    • South East Asia
      • Indonesia
      • Philippines
    • Western Asia
      • Jordan
      • Iraq
  • Europe
    • Western Europe
      • Switzerland
    • Southern Europe
      • Serbia

Sierra Leone

Types of activity: 
Capacity and development training
Other
Other: 
Information Dissemination
Description: 

Youth Training Workshop in Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict for Mano River region

Distribution of reference materials and active participation of academicians in UPEACE activities in other locations

Sierra Leone

Types of activity: 
Capacity and development training
Other
Other: 
Information Dissemination
Description: 

Youth Training Workshop in Nonviolent Transformation of Conflict for Mano River region

Distribution of reference materials and active participation of academicians in UPEACE activities in other locations

University for Peace (UPEACE)
Chemin de Balexert 7-9, Châtelaine
Geneva CH-1219
Other
San José, Costa Rica
More than 10 years
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Chemin de Balexert 7-9, Châtelaine
Geneva CH-1219
Liaison Office

Programme development and provision of substantive inputs on the teaching, training and research programmes of UPEACE - Africa Programme - development and coordination of the Africa programme in close consultation with Headquarters - Assistance to all UPEACE programmes and activities in Europe - Facilitation of relations with the United Nations system, national delegations, donor community and academic institutions - Substantive networking with Geneva-based UN bodies, as well as academic and non-governmental organizations in Europe - Representation of UPEACE in UN and non-UN meetings and conferences - Support of the Earth Council in Geneva - Coordination with the Government of Switzerland in all legal matters and other fundraising activities in Switzerland and other European Governments.

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Mr
John Maresca
Rector
Celia Solari
Programme Officer
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Partnership

American University, Washington, D.C.

Description: 

Dual Master Degree Programme in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

Partner organisations: 
Academic

Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

Description: 

Dual Master Degree Programme in International Peace Studies

Partner organisations: 
Academic

Business Humanitarian Forum (BHF)

Description: 

Public Private Partnerships in Peacebuilding

Partner organisations: 
NGO
business sector

Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)

Description: 

NGO, Practitioner/ Joint training programmes and eventual Master Degree programme in Gender and Peacebuilding

Partner organisations: 
NGOs
Practitioner

Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC)

Description: 

Undergraduate Foundation course in Peace and Conflict Studies for all Nigerian universities and colleges.

Partner organisations: 
Governments
Academic