Mission & Goals

Chair Mission

The UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture Management, Cities and Creativity promotes an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on visual arts, arts management and creativity. It therefore establishes a platform for collaboration between researchers of excellence and international recognition, teachers and students from the Institute and other institutions in Portugal and Europe, as well as from other regions such as Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and other regions of the world.

Chair Goals

Developing projects aligned with UNESCO’s mission, priorities and strategies, the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture Management, Cities and Creativity aims to:


  • Contribute to the strengthening and sustainability of the cultural and creative sector, reinforcing skills and policies in these areas, namely through the development of innovative higher education programmes and the implementation of research projects aimed at identifying the knowledge and set of skills and ethical standards considered critical in the context of arts and culture management;


  • Design and implement jointly with partners activities aimed at promoting mutual understanding of identities, promoting a positive recognition of the creative force resulting from differences, as well as the development of sustainable cities, communities and societies;


  • Carry out quality training and learning activities to contribute to the professional development of students of arts and cultural management, as well as other cultural agents, from the European Union, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting equitable and inclusive education, lifelong learning opportunities, intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and gender equality;


  • Promote networking, communication, dialogue and sharing of knowledge and good practices among students, cultural agents, global citizens and stakeholders, including local authorities, namely through the creation of a digital platform focusing on local cultural policies, organization of open conferences and seminars, publications and exhibitions;


  • Collaborate with UNESCO and existing UNESCO Chairs in relevant programmes and activities.