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UNESCO Chair "The Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development"

The UNESCO Chair "The Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development" was opened at Astrakhan State University as part of the UNITWIN/UNESCO program, after the appropriate agreement between the United Nations and ASU had been signed on Dec. 09, 2004.

The Chair performs its activities as a structural division of ASU, in close cooperation with the appropriate units of the UNESCO Secretariat, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, and the Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs.

Over the past years, the UNESCO Chair of ASU has become a regional center that contributes to development of innovative programs and projects aiming to implement the UNESCO's ideas and mission.

Interacting with social, economic, public, cultural, and educational organizations and institutions at the regional and international level, the UNESCO Chair of Astrakhan State University performs its activities in the following key fields:

  • Enhancement of the role that universities of countries located at the Caspian Sea play in resolving the issues of sustainable development of the Caspian Littoral Region;
  • Development of the learning society based on social partnership in the Caspian Littoral Region;
  • Development of intercultural communications in this region;
  • Activation of an integrated system of research, education, information, and documentation in various fields of scientific knowledge;
  • Development and implementation of information and telecommunication technologies to optimize cultural, educational, social, and economic processes in this region;
  • Establishment of systematic international cooperation and development of international relations between universities and other organizations;
  • Organization of regular complex support of young researchers, faculty staff members, and students to attract young people to educational and research activities.

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ASU Takes Part in Conference “Internationalization and Results of Erasmus+ Projects”
02July2021

ASU Takes Part in Conference “Internationalization and Results of Erasmus+ Projects”

One of the goals of the event was to analyze the results and implementation of Erasmus+ project “Cooperation for Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education”, implemented in Russian universities.

ASU UNESCO Chair Keeps Working with Astrakhan Associated Schools
23June2021

ASU UNESCO Chair Keeps Working with Astrakhan Associated Schools

The issue of further partnership of educational institutions of the region was the main topic at a working meeting chaired by First Vice-Rector — Vice-Rector for Strategic Development of Astrakhan State University Elina Polyanskaya.

Konstantin Markelov: “UNESCO Chairs Contribute to the Country’s Achieving Sustainable Development Goals”
16June2021

Konstantin Markelov: “UNESCO Chairs Contribute to the Country’s Achieving Sustainable Development Goals”

The rector of Astrakhan State University has welcomed the participants of international scientific conference “Current Issues of Global Research: Global Development and Limits of Growth in the 21st Century”.

ASU Scientists Determine Methods to Prevent Digital Risks for Mental Development of Children
14June2021

ASU Scientists Determine Methods to Prevent Digital Risks for Mental Development of Children

Astrakhan State University has taken part in international forum “Child in a Digital World”. The event was dedicated to the development of young children and adolescents in the context of the transformation of childhood caused by the digitalization of modern society.

UNESCO Chairs Are Rethinking the Role of Education and Social Learning Environment
11June2021

UNESCO Chairs Are Rethinking the Role of Education and Social Learning Environment

Today, the topic of sustainable development is one of the most relevant in the work of educational institutions. That is why international conference “Sustainable Development. World Challenges” has been held at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University on the sidelines of the all-Russia scientific and applied conference “«Sustainable Development, Open Thinking and Digital Transformations”.

Best Practices of Sustainable Development of the Caspian Region Are Shared at ASU
28May2021

Best Practices of Sustainable Development of the Caspian Region Are Shared at ASU

A meeting of the Commission for Science, Research and Technology of the Association of State Universities and Research Centers of the Caspian Countries has taken place at Astrakhan State University. International speakers discussed scientific, educational, economic and environmental issues.

Konstantin Markelov Speaks at the Youth and Science Forum in Nizhny Novgorod
17May2021

Konstantin Markelov Speaks at the Youth and Science Forum in Nizhny Novgorod

The large-scale Russian event is being held at Lobachevsky University alongside the 29th all-Russia festival “Russian Student Spring” and as part of the celebration of the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod. The rector of Astrakhan State University has taken part in the sessions, discussions and roundtables of the forum.

Results of Society Digitalization Research Are Presented at ASU
12May2021

Results of Society Digitalization Research Are Presented at ASU

Astrakhan State University has hosted student interuniversity scientific conference “Sustainable Development, Open Thinking & Digital Transformation” within the framework of the Month of Science.

Rector Konstantin Markelov Sends His Greetings on Victory Day
09May2021

Rector Konstantin Markelov Sends His Greetings on Victory Day

Dear professors, students and administrative staff members of Astrakhan State University! Dear veterans! Let me congratulate you on the 76th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War!

ASU Representatives Take Part in the 211st Session of the UNESCO Executive Board Online
06May2021

ASU Representatives Take Part in the 211st Session of the UNESCO Executive Board Online

Members of the Department “UNESCO Chair: Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development” attended the plenary session which took place in Paris. The event focused on the discussion of the draft Medium-Term Strategy of the organization for 2022–2029 and the budget for 2022–2025.

ASU Joins Online Conference on PICASP Project
29April2021

ASU Joins Online Conference on PICASP Project

Participants discussed the topic of educational courses for the formation of a new generation of HR in the Caspian region in various institutions and potential stakeholders that can be involved.

Lyudmila Baeva Speaks about Development of Intercultural Competencies at ASU
26April2021

Lyudmila Baeva Speaks about Development of Intercultural Competencies at ASU

The dean of the Faculty of Social Communications has represented Astrakhan State University at international conference “Russia — Azerbaijan: Historical Experience of Interethnic And Interreligious Harmony”, held in Kazan.

Special Representative of RF President and ASU Rector Discuss Issues of Cooperation with Caspian Countries
23April2021

Special Representative of RF President and ASU Rector Discuss Issues of Cooperation with Caspian Countries

The special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for the delimitation and demarcation of the state border of the Russian Federation with neighboring CIS member states and the head of the Russian delegation in the multilateral negotiations on the Caspian Sea issues has paid a working visit to Astrakhan State University. Rector Konstantin Markelov presented the university’s projects, aimed at cooperation between the countries of the Greater Caspian Region, to the guest.

ASU Starts Project “Open Thinking: Intercultural Dialogue”
22April2021

ASU Starts Project “Open Thinking: Intercultural Dialogue”

A strategic session of the UNESCO Chair of Astrakhan State University has taken place online and offline at the Boiling Point Centre; the audience considered relevant issues of sustainable development.

ASU Students Learn about Norms of European Law
15April2021

ASU Students Learn about Norms of European Law

The Caspian Higher School of Interpreting and Translation (CITS) of Astrakhan State University has hosted a seminar, involving MA students, which was held within the framework of the Jean Monnet Erasmus + grant programme.

Astrakhan Region Is Getting Ready to Host Caspian Region 2021 International Forum
14April2021

Astrakhan Region Is Getting Ready to Host Caspian Region 2021 International Forum

40 experts have already given their consent to participate in the event which is going to be held in late May. The forum is supposed to be held both offline and online.

ASU Takes Part in Work of UNESCO Chairs Coordinating Committee
13April2021

ASU Takes Part in Work of UNESCO Chairs Coordinating Committee

The event agenda included a discussion on the applications, submitted for establishment of UNESCO Chairs in a number of higher educational institutions in Russia, upcoming scientific events, and the progress of the programmes implemintation.

ASU Holds eSports Tournament in the Year of Science and Technology
05April2021

ASU Holds eSports Tournament in the Year of Science and Technology

The competition was held within the framework of MAGnUS international project of the Erasmus + programme to support Master's degree course “Development of Computer Games and Mobile Applications”.

Rector of Astrakhan State University Presents Report at Round Table “Volga-Caspian Integration Space for Development”
31March2021

Rector of Astrakhan State University Presents Report at Round Table “Volga-Caspian Integration Space for Development”

Representatives of India, Iran and Russia have held an online and offline discussion on important issues of logistics cooperation in the context of the North-South Transport Corridor and the development of Russia’s regions.

Representatives of Caspian Countries Discuss Issues of Support for Young Scientists under the Auspices of ASU UNESCO Chair
26March2021

Representatives of Caspian Countries Discuss Issues of Support for Young Scientists under the Auspices of ASU UNESCO Chair

The youth session has brought together colleagues from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia. The speakers analyzed current scientific topics and shared plans for further development.

Online Broadcast of Youth Session of ASU UNESCO Chair with the Caspian Five
25March2021

Online Broadcast of Youth Session of ASU UNESCO Chair with the Caspian Five

Meeting “Scientific and Technical Cooperation of Young Scientists of Caspian Region: Sustainable Development Prospects” will be held on the sidelines of international festival of scientific and technical creativity “Clear Prop!” in Krasnodar.

Concept of Forum
24March2021

Concept of Forum "Caspian Region 2021: Sustainable Development Trajectories” Was Approved

Participants of yesterday’s working meeting on the preparation and holding of the international scientific event reviewed its preliminary programme.

ASU Will Co-Found Solid International Organization
24March2021

ASU Will Co-Found Solid International Organization

The issue of creating an association for the promotion of multilateral cooperation in the sphere of science and education in the Black Sea Region was discussed in February 2021 at the meeting of the heads of universities of the Southern and North Caucasian Federal Districts of Russia.

Konstantin Markelov Presents Geostrategic Potential of Astrakhan Region to His Colleagues
18March2021

Konstantin Markelov Presents Geostrategic Potential of Astrakhan Region to His Colleagues

The rector of Astrakhan State University is participating in forum “Universities and Development of Geostrategic Territories of Russia”, being held at North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk.

UNESCO Chair of ASU Co-Organized Women’s Online Congress
11March2021

UNESCO Chair of ASU Co-Organized Women’s Online Congress

The international event was dedicated to the topic “The Women’s Image in the Era of Digitalization. Social Policy, Science & Practice”.

Konstantin Markelov Sends His Greetings on March 8 to ASU Women
08March2021

Konstantin Markelov Sends His Greetings on March 8 to ASU Women

Dear ladies — female students, professors and employees of Astrakhan State University! On behalf of all the men of our university and on my own behalf, I cordially congratulate you on International Women's Day!

Open Lecture by Yevgeny Primakov at Astrakhan State University
04March2021

Open Lecture by Yevgeny Primakov at Astrakhan State University

Lecture “Cooperation with CIS Countries: Historical Memory and Common Heritage” was held at the ASU Boiling Point Centre, bringing together both the university students and representatives of social organizations.

ASU Foreign Students Explain Why They Decided to Study Russian
04March2021

ASU Foreign Students Explain Why They Decided to Study Russian

Today, Astrakhan State University has held discussion platform “Promotion of the Russian Language and Russian-Language Media Abroad”, involving the representatives of Rossotrudnichestvo.

Astrakhan State University Welcomes Delegation from Rossotrudnichestvo
04March2021

Astrakhan State University Welcomes Delegation from Rossotrudnichestvo

On March 4, representatives of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation, headed by Head of the agency Yevgeny Primakov, paid a visit to ASU.

ASU Holds Business Meetings with Partner Universities
03March2021

ASU Holds Business Meetings with Partner Universities

Representatives of Astrakhan State University discussed prospects for joint work with colleagues from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation and the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.

ASU Is Going to Open Russian Studies and Russian Language Center in Iran
01March2021

ASU Is Going to Open Russian Studies and Russian Language Center in Iran

Rector of Astrakhan State University Konstantin Markelov presented this proposal at the meeting with Consul-General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Astrakhan Mehdi Akuchekian.

Astrakhan State University Approves a Long-Term Action Plan of UNESCO Chair
01March2021

Astrakhan State University Approves a Long-Term Action Plan of UNESCO Chair

Head of the Department “The UNESCO Chair “The Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development” Irina Tarasova presented a programme of measures to implement the strategy of the unit’s activities for 2021–2025 to the members of the Academic Council.

Konstantin Markelov: Mother Tongue Is Invaluable for All of Us
21February2021

Konstantin Markelov: Mother Tongue Is Invaluable for All of Us

The rector of Astrakhan State University and head of the Department of UNESCO Chair “Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development” sent his greetings on the International Mother Language Day, declared by the UNESCO General Conference and celebrated on February 21, to his colleagues.

ASU Representative Participates as Expert in Large Educational Project
17February2021

ASU Representative Participates as Expert in Large Educational Project

Head of Department “UNESCO Chair of Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development” of Astrakhan State University Irina Tarasova joined the team of professors and experts of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation that engage in the implementation of federal targeted programme “Socioeconomic Development of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol until 2024”.

ASU Participates in Virtual Meeting on Erasmus+ Project Implementation
10February2021

ASU Participates in Virtual Meeting on Erasmus+ Project Implementation

On February 8, members of the partner universities kicked start to implementation of PICASP, an Erasmus+ project. The first kick-off meeting, held online, involved participants from Azerbaijan, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.

ASU Conveys Its Idea of Kindness
03February2021

ASU Conveys Its Idea of Kindness

Visions of Kindness, an art work contest under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Affairs, has been launched. It is organized by the Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center. Our region is being represented by students and professors of the Faculty of Architecture & Design and Faculty of Pedagogical Education, Art, Service & Culture of Astrakhan State University and of the Astrakhan Art School named after P.A. Vlasov.

ASU Representatives Discuss Global Challenges of Digital Era with Colleagues
21December2020

ASU Representatives Discuss Global Challenges of Digital Era with Colleagues

Discussions took place within the 12th international scientific and applied seminar “Dialogue of Civilizations and Intercultural Cooperation”, organized by Moscow Pedagogical State University under support of the Secretariat of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Affairs, Eurasian Association of Pedagogical Universities and Nationalities Affairs Council under the Moscow Government.

Konstantin Markelov Speaks about Promotion of Engineering Education at ASU
19November2020

Konstantin Markelov Speaks about Promotion of Engineering Education at ASU

The UNESCO Chair of Russian University of Transport organized an international conference, dedicated to the role of transport science and education in the social and ethic policy. The videoconference dialogue involves experts of large organizations and universities of nine countries — Belarus, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, China, Russia, USA, Ukraine and France. The ASU rector is also among the speakers of the conference.

ASU Rector Konstantin Markelov Sends His Greetings on 75th Anniversary of UNESCO
16November2020

ASU Rector Konstantin Markelov Sends His Greetings on 75th Anniversary of UNESCO

Dear friends! On November 16, 1945 the United Nations founded one of its agencies — the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Astrakhan State University Holds Student Festival of Sports Games
02October2020

Astrakhan State University Holds Student Festival of Sports Games

The competition is timed to the International Day of University Sport, established by UNESCO and the International University Sports Federation upon the initiative of the University Sports Union of Russia.

Astrakhan State University Celebrates European Day of Languages
23September2020

Astrakhan State University Celebrates European Day of Languages

With the celebration coming up, MA students and staff members of the ASU Caspian Higher School of Interpreting & Translation held the first mock conference of this academic year.

ASU UNESCO Chair: in 2022, Committee Will Meet in Kazan, while Youth Model — in St. Petersburg
10June2020

ASU UNESCO Chair: in 2022, Committee Will Meet in Kazan, while Youth Model — in St. Petersburg

The Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO is ready to consider Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University as one of the venues for the 2022 Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, announced Commission Executive Secretary Grigory Ordzhonikidze during his visit to the university.

Konstantin Markelov Presents Report at UNESCO Chairs Videoconference
08June2020

Konstantin Markelov Presents Report at UNESCO Chairs Videoconference

June 5 saw an online round-table “Cooperation of UNESCO Chairs for Strategic Planning and Sustainable Development”. The meeting involved representatives of the Russian Academy of Sciences, State Duma of Russia, HEIs and scientific and educational institutions of more than 40 cities, including Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ufa, Yakutsk and Vilnius.

ASU International Students Celebrate Africa Day
01June2020

ASU International Students Celebrate Africa Day

This day is also called African Freedom Day and is dedicated to the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity, which was founded by 30 African leaders on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa. Upon the UN decision, May 24 was declared African Liberation Day and has been celebrated upon the UNESCO initiative.

Participants of ASU School of Journalism Join UNESCO International Campaign
18May2020

Participants of ASU School of Journalism Join UNESCO International Campaign

Within the framework of the United Nations Educational Initiative, schoolchildren of different countries make short videos on organization of their learning process during self-isolation and their desire for returning to the traditional school.

ASU Students and Staff Members Recited Poems of Their Favorite Poets
23March2020

ASU Students and Staff Members Recited Poems of Their Favorite Poets

World Poetry Day is celebrated every year on 21 March. The decision to proclaim this holiday was made by UNESCO in 1999 at the 30th session of the Paris General Conference. On this day, Astrakhan State University held a flash mob called “Poetry unites” in its social networks.

UNESCO Representative Calls for Caspian Research
20February2020

UNESCO Representative Calls for Caspian Research

Yuri Olyunin, Consultant of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, told Astrakhan journalists about the role of international organizations in promotion of marine sciences and research in the Caspian Sea and the importance to create a regional commission.

ASU Rector Takes Part in Meeting of Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs in Russia
29November2019

ASU Rector Takes Part in Meeting of Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs in Russia

Today, on November 29, a meeting of the Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs in Russia was held in the Vyatskoe village, Yaroslavl region. Konstantin Markelov attended the meeting as the head of the UNESCO Chair “The Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development” of ASU.

UNESCO Chair of Astrakhan State University is Presented at Federal Level
07March2019

UNESCO Chair of Astrakhan State University is Presented at Federal Level

On March 6-7, Kazan hosted the 6th All-Russian Congress of UNESCO Chairs. Konstantin Markelov attended the event and presented his report on the experience and development prospects of the UNESCO Chair of ASU.

UNESCO & ASU Keep on Cooperating up to 2021
10September2018

UNESCO & ASU Keep on Cooperating up to 2021

Prolongation of the just signed agreement results from efficient activities that Astrakhan State University performs in the field of cooperation in the educational and research space of the Caspian Region, formation of the regional system of continuing education, and development of social partnership.


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Department "The UNESCO Chair "The Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development"


UNESCO Chair "The Learning Society and Human Sustainable Development"