United Nations University

United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) was established in 1973, is the academic and research arm of the United Nations. It is headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, with diplomatic status as a UN institution. Since 2010, UNU has been authorized by the United Nations General Assembly to grant degrees. It also provides a bridge between the UN and the international academic, policy-making and private sector communities. The UNU Council is responsible for devising the principles and policies that govern the University’s operations, and for considering and approving the budget and work programme.

The University is comprised of 13 institutes and programs located in 12 countries each with its own Director, advisory board, and staff. As part of the UN family of organizations, the University maintains close working relationships with other UN agencies, programs, commissions, funds and convention secretariats. In order to enhance these collaborations, two liaison offices are maintained at the UN Secretariat in New York and at UNESCO in Paris.


The University was established in 1973 and formally began its activities in 1976 following the signature of the permanent headquarters agreement between the United Nations and Japan. The creation of the United Nations University was set in motion by Secretary-General U Thant in 1969.UNU-IAS was formally accredited in April 2015, making it the first international organization to be recognized by the NIAD-UE.


The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development, and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples, and the Member States.


  • The United Nations University (UNU) currently ranks 6th among the world’s “Best Government-Affiliated Think Tanks”,
  • The UNU’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) ranks 6th among the global “Top-Thirty International Development Think Tanks”.

Studying at United Nations University

United Nations University has undergraduate and graduate students. The United Nations University provides a unique educational opportunity unavailable anywhere else in the world and offers a growing range of master’s, doctoral and short-term programs for students.

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Masters Degree
  • Doctorate Degree
  • Scholarship & Financial Aids

United Nations University: Subjects

  • Biotechnology in Latin America
  • Food and Nutrition Programme for Human and Social Development
  • Fisheries Training Programme
  • Geothermal Training Programme
  • Land Restoration Training Programme

University Services:

  • Student Services
  • Housing Services
  • Library Services
  • Medical Services
  • Sports
  • Financial Aids
  • Social work

Contact Information:

  • Address: 5 Chome-53-70 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-8925, Japan
  • Phone: +81 3-5467-1212
  • Website: https://unu.edu