Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN (University Twining Program) /UNESCO Chairs Program promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.The Program supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.

The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme covers training, research and exchange of academics and  offers a platform for information sharing in all fields within the competence of UNESCO. As of November 2014, there are 648 Chairs around the globe in 126 countries.

There are currently 50 Chairs working on culture field, 13 of them specialize on cultural heritage. There are only 3 Chairs working specifically on the World Heritage issues. The Chair established at Kadir Has University is the fourth Chair which will focus on World Heritage issues.