UNESCO has backed a key post to further University research into international development.
The UNESCO Chair in International Development is awarded as the University launches a series of initiatives that will seek to benefit the developing world.
The first Chair holder will be Paul van Gardingen, Professor of International Development.
He joins a global network of academics supported by UNESCO - the UN agency for science, culture and education.
The University is hosting a two-day international workshop on food security - which will aid the quest to ensure food is available in impoverished regions.
The event will set the agenda for teaching collaboration between some of the world’s leading universities and the developing world.
The workshop been organised by Universitas 21 - an international network of 21 leading research-intensive universities in 13 countries.
The University is also launching a Global Health Academy.
The Academy will bring together staff from across the University to collaborate on global health challenges including, obesity, pandemic flu, tuberculosis, diabetes and tropical diseases such as malaria, sleeping sickness and rabies.
The Global Health Academy will be the first in a series of academies launched by the University.
Others will focus on climate change and international development.
The award of a UNESCO Chair recognises the staff and resources that the University has invested in the developing world.The University of Edinburgh has been an international institution from its inception and this prestigious award recognises our continuing links to Africa and other developing regions, and the impact our research can have in improving the lives of people in some of the world’s most impoverished places.
The University is also launching the Julius Nyerere Scholarship, named after the Edinburgh graduate and first President of Tanzania, which will provide funding for Tanzanian students to attend the University.