UNESCO-UNITWIN Chair on Education & Science for Equitable Development & Human Welfare (EDUWELL)

The EDUWELL Chair is the result of a partnership between several Portuguese Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), in association with institutions from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor, with the aim of addressing inequalities in technology, education and scientific knowledge, which are some of the greatest challenges of the 20th century. Through a multidisciplinary approach based on the areas of Education and Science, it aims to prepare new generations to face the future challenges of a highly competitive global world, investing in the creation of scholarships, post-graduate programs, short-term training and incentives for research and development of its institutions, as ways to network and promote learning, knowledge transfer, creation of opportunities and scientific debate among the various partner entities.

This chair promoted by UNESCO has as its main mission to contribute to the development of a society based on education, creating conditions for citizens and governments to become scientifically literate and provoking social transformation through the creation of knowledge about the different areas involved, which influence intercultural dialogue, well-being and sustainable development.

As far as action lines are concerned, the following goals were defined as priorities:

  • Combine the experience in the different areas of each partner to achieve high level learning and research in areas of national and international priorities important for conducting the policies of each country;
  • Collaborate with international universities and research institutes of excellence for permanent exchange of master and PhD students as a way to be permanently informed on the scientific advancements and reinforce the internationalization in the domains under development;
  • Interact with European partners and others through establishment of collaborations in R&D programs;
  • Maintain, improve and keep actualised the conditions in order to permanently enable professors and researchers to undertake the different programs and develop up-to-date research while minimising costs;
  • Increase the dialogue with industry as a way to take profit of results from research and contribute for the advancement of knowledge and increase competitiveness;
  • Create conditions for:
    1. Mobility of researchers among partner countries
    2. Teaching at graduate and post-graduate levels in the knowledge areas proposed;
  • Consultancy and definition of strategies for training and research development in subjects considered important for human empowerment in accordance to the specific needs of each country and the UNESCO Goals;
  • Open the dialogue with different sectors of the society in order to share knowledge from the research and define needs and constrains in special when gender equality, empowerment, human health, sustainable economy and environment preservation are concerned;
  • Use of modern digital technologies available in the different partner institutions to share and promote the dialogue and disseminate knowledge and education.

Learning Opportunities

Subjects: International Justice | Estate,  Governance,  Public Policies and Decision Making |  Globalization and Governance |  Science and Human development  | Electoral Processes, Citizenship and Political culture | Thought and policy culture |Cosmopolitism and  Multiculturalism |Religions  and  Unique World |Evolution of Human Rights and Duties | Memory and International Order | Cultural plurality and Estate Identity |Global trends in a polycentric world |European Union as a Global Actor | Gender, Youth, Migration and Human Rights.

Subjects: International Justice|World Security |Transnational governance,  Public policies and Decision-making |Public Management |Public  policy-making processes |Financial Policies |Budgetary resources and purchasing platforms | Human Resources  and Public Administration | Governance and Public Administration |Regulation and Public Policies |Ethics and Public Administration |Transparency and Administrative Management |Program  policies for development |Public policies for rebuilding of broken Societies |Globalization: Unique World , common land of the humanity in a  world “arena” of conflicts.

Subjects: Estate, Governance,  Public Policies and Decision Making | Organizational Behaviour | Accounting and Finance |Business, Ethics and Responsibility |Economics and Business Strategy | Leadership and Good Governance |SMEs and Economic Sustainability |Constructive destruction in Emerging Economies |Economy and Social Status |Energy Resources, and Economy |Peace, Conflict Resolution, Jhiadism, Terrorism, Drugs, Sale of Human Organs,   Refugees, Corruption and Economic Transformation and Diversification | Poverty reduction and Long-term economic sustainability strategy |Social and economic dimensions of sustainability |Science and innovation policies and gender equality.

Subjects: Biogeography and Environment history |Biodiversity and Conservation: The Earth-system Sciences for the Blue-Green Planet | Environmental Crisis, Climate Change and Reform of International Law |State,  Governance,  Public Policies and Decision Making | Education, Citizenship, Environmental Sciences, Social  and  Individual development |Natural Resources Management and Energy policies of low carbon |Sustainable agro-forestry, soils conservation, water  management and environment protection |Environment Public policies and environmental diplomacy |Modernization and environmental sustainability: the challenge of  a Global Green transition |Science and Technology, Public policies and sustainable Development |Social and economic dimensions of sustainability |Public policies for the Sea:  Challenges and Opportunities |Sustainable Cities and Social integration | Migration and rural Development.

Subjects: International Justice | World Security | State,  Governance,  Public Policies and Decision Making |Public safety policy |Strategic Studies and Intelligence |Cyber-Security |Leadership in complex environments |Military History |Strategic communication and conflict |Military power |New defence technologies |Overall state strategy |Evolution of strategic thinking.

Optative Subjects: Science and Life |The Earth Planet |The potential of Lusophone World.


For further information: catedraeduwell@acad-ciencias.pt



Partner Institutions

  • Portugal: Faculdade de Letras; Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA); Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG; Academia das Ciências de Lisboa; Academia Militar; Universidade de Coimbra; Universidade dos Açores –Universidade Aberta; Universidade Católica Portuguesa e Academia das Ciências de Lisboa.
  • Angola: Universidade Agostinho Neto.
  • Brasil: Universidade Federal da Bahia; Universidade Metodista; Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo; Centro de Ensino Superior de Vitória.
  • Cabo Verde: Universidade de Cabo Verde.
  • Guiné – Bissau: Universidade Jean Piaget da Guiné-Bissau.
  • Moçambique: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane; Universidade LURIO; Universidade Zambeze.
  • São Tomé e Príncipe: Universidade Lusíada de S. Tomé e Príncipe.
  • Timor Leste: Instituto Superior de Filosofia e Teologia D. Jaime Garcia Goulart.


Maria Manuela Morais (Associate Professor with Agregação)
Vanda Maria Marques Rebelo (Coordenador de 3º grau) [Secretariat]