UNESCO Chair in Global Creative Economy
It is with great pleasure that CCCI can announce the award of the UNESCO Chair in Global Creative Economy this week. This will be headed by Andy Pratt. UNESCO chairs are very competitive awards that must progress through a national, and then an international stage to win. Their purpose is to create collaboration and advance knowledge exchange between research universities, teaching and global practitioners. Since the scheme was initiated 30 years ago, UNESCO has awarded around 800 of these globally (about 20 of which are in the UK), they mostly focused on topics related to cultural heritage, environments and practices, and health and education. This chair is the first ever in the field of Creative Economy. Andy Pratt is very pleased as this is the result of many years work developing both teaching, impact and research in this new interdisciplinary field, and it represents a global marker of recognition of the field, and of City as a world leader. The award lasts 4 years and is renewable, it will act as a platform for policy exchange and debate amongst the UN policy community, and other agencies such as Goethe Institute, Institut Francais and British Council with a focus on strategic goals in the field of the Global Creative Economy.
CCCI have already been working in collaboration with UNESCO to deliver the world’s first UNESCO e-course training mid-level policy makers in SE Asia; and they are about to deliver a similar course for the UNESCO Ramallah office for Middle East policy makers.