28/03/2012 - - General
University for Peace starts a centre in The Hague

The University for Peace (UPEACE) is headquartered in Costa Rica. During its thirty years of existence, this UN-mandated university has developed a variety of masters (MA} and capacity building programmes in the fields of peacebuilding and conflict studies, as well as courses and trainings for students and professionals from all over the world. With established centres in Addis Ababa, Belgrade, Bogota, Manila, Montevideo and Seoul, UPEACE has now started a new centre in the Netherlands.

The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice, is the eminent location
for further outreach to the Netherlands and the European Union.

The University for Peace (UPEACE) is headquartered in Costa Rica. During its thirty years of existence, this UN-mandated university has developed a variety of masters (MA} and capacity building programmes in the fields of peacebuilding and conflict studies, as well as courses and trainings for students and professionals from all over the world. With established centres in Addis Ababa, Belgrade, Bogota, Manila, Montevideo and Seoul, UPEACE has now started a new centre in the Netherlands. The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice, is the eminent location for further outreach to the Netherlands and the European Union.

As of January 2012 the new UPEACE Centre The Hague, in short: UPEACE The Hague, is housed at the Academy Building of the Peace Palace, next to The Hague Academy of International Law. UPEACE The Hague will focus on education and research at the forefront of peace studies, closely cooperating with academic and policy-oriented institutions in The Hague region. UPEACE The Hague will initially advance three interdisciplinary areas where it can be innovative and complementary: Peace & Conflict Studies; Water & Peace; and Urban Peace & Security. In addition, UPEACE The Hague will substantially strengthen peace education in The Hague region by organizing professional trainings, lectures, seminars, and workshops. Educational and research programmes will be characterised by the interaction between theory and practice, with particular attention to policy implementation: the Centre will therefore be appealing to both academics and professionals.

UPEACE The Hague builds on existing knowledge and expertise from the UPEACE global network. It will sustain commitment to the global peace agenda by creating new opportunities for a breakthrough in regional peace processes and peace dialogues. This will be realised in close cooperation with institutes in The Hague and surroundings, such as the Carnegie Foundation, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Leiden University College The Hague, the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, and UNESCO-IHE. In this way, UPEACE The Hague endeavours to develop as the European UPEACE expertise and knowledge centre- a process in which UPEACE alumni are involved as well.

UPEACE The Hague is governed by the Board of the Dutch foundation "Alliance for the University for Peace", chaired by Marius Enthoven (MSc), former Director-General, European Commission.

On 20 September 2012, UPEACE The Hague will officially be launched during a conference at the Peace Palace, entitled "Peace for Humanity in the 21st Century."

For further information please visit the University for Peace website.

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