The University for Peace


The University for Peace acts within the framework of the United Nations Treaty pursuant to Resolution 35/55 of the General Assembly in December 1980 to support the central peace and security objectives of the United Nations.


Its mission is to “provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace with the aim of promoting among all human beings a spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress”.


UPEACE network headquarters are in Costa Rica, the country that established the University. UPEACE activities include: education, research, distance learning and promotion.


The UPEACE network comprises offices in Addis Ababa, Geneva, Manila and New York, as well as partnership agreements with many organizations around the world. The Costa Rica campus serves as a testing ground for UPEACE, so that it can enrich its curriculum and educational programs.


UPEACE currently offers nine different Masters degrees and seven special Masters programs. It has 200 students from 60 countries.


As part of their partnership agreement, UPEACE and Peace and Sport are setting up a program to train "peace through sport engineers." This course is designed to enable UPEACE students and graduates to empirically learn about the pivotal role of sport in the resolution of conflicts and the process of social reconstruction. Each year, Peace and Sport will give internships to UPEACE students, who will be based either at the Monaco Head Office or in the field to work on Locally-based Projects.





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