The UNESCO Chair in Inter-cultural and Inter-religious Exchanges is part of the Faculty of Philosophy within the University of Bucharest.

This Department began its activity as an UNESCO Chair in 1999. Thanks to its relevant role in the inter-university partnerships, it became Department in 2002.

The main target of the Department 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 Department are offered study periods in Swiss, French and German universities or other higher education institutions. The three Master programs organized by the UNESCO Department within that international framework are the following ones:

  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Management
  • Business Administration (MBA)

The research projects in which the Department 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 Department 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.










Last updated at: August 21, 2016.