The Programme began in 2000 to contribute towards pursuing UNESCO's ideals for global peace and security by encouraging collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture, and by promoting mutual understanding and improving educational environment in line with the objectives of the "Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Promotion of International Cooperation and Mutual Understanding" established by UNESCO, based on the contribution from the Government of Japan.
ACCU and executive organisations cooperate to conduct personnel exchange programmes for professionals in the field of UNESCO's competence, teachers, lower and upper secondary school students and university students of the UNESCO member states, mainly in Asia and the Pacific.
The Programme is designed to prepare the participants for meeting the new challenges of today's globalised society, and aims to promote international cooperation and mutual understanding under the themes relevant to the priority areas of UNESCO activities, such as Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Education for All (EFA), Safegurding and Promoting of Intangible Cultural Heritage, International understanding education, and to gain a better understanding of UNESCO's principles and activities.
* From 2007 programme, the official programme title was changed to the above one from "ACCU International Exchange Programme under the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Promotion of International Cooperation and Mutual Understanding."
The International Exchange Programme between Japan and other UNESCO Member States for the Promotion of International Cooperation and Mutual Understanding, which has been implemented since 2000 in UNESCO's trust, will be terminated with the end of the 2008 Programme. ACCU, therefore, will not be inviting applications for the Programme in the future.
Thanks to the cooperation of many executive organisations, ACCU has been able to contribute to the promotion of mutual exchange of professionals, teachers and students between Japan and other UNESCO Member States in Asia and the Pacific over the past nine years. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the commitment and collaboration of all the participants and organisations who contributed to the implementation of the Programme.