Our COVID-19 Response

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the new coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic, due to the increase in conformed cases of individuals who have contracted the virus worldwide. As institutions of higher education around the globe are enacting travel bans, quarantine, and suspending face-to-face teaching, policymakers and practitioners have implemented a number of new policies and procedures to mitigate the public health effects of COVID-19. At the same time, the COVID-19 crisis has revealed the severe inequality and inequity that exists in higher education worldwide. For example, issues surrounding access to distance education and the enrollment of international students and scholars in developing and transitional economies have taken on heightened importance. The Institute of International Education (IIE) (2020) cautioned that 

The COVID-19 health crisis will affect international student mobility in this academic year and possibly for years to come … including decreasing numbers of students studying abroad, as well as inbound international students and global partnerships with universities.

As a result, cancellations of events, postponed and cancelled study abroad programmes, and moving teaching and operations virtually have disparate impacts on the internationalization and globalization of higher education. 

As of mid-April, 191 countries had shut down all schools and institutions of higher education. The shift to online learning has been uneven. Some systems were able to train teachers, roll out online learning, and put in place learner support services in less than a week. Others are still struggling, constrained by the lack of access to technology and expertise.  

Even in times of crisis, education matters. Delivering quality instruction is clearly a challenge in current circumstances; the magnitude of the challenge, however, varies widely. UNITAR has been able to roll out synchronous and asynchronous online learning.  

Committed to improving global capacities for a more peaceful and prosperous post-pandemic world, UNITAR’s training experts have been working hard on adjusting, advancing and expanding our online learning offer and study programmes 

In addition to our classic, time-proven online MA programmes and massive open online courses in peace and security, UNITAR remains committed, more than ever, to offer you the opportunity to study in any of the advanced self-paced online courses, separate modules and alternative academic qualifications, as well as open interactive webinars that regularly bring together leading institutions, academics and thought leaders in education, humanitarian and peacebuilding sectors. 

As we are all in this together, let us learn with and from each other and be the change we want to see in the new world that we are about to witness. 

There are so many opportunities to learn with us and to support global learning!  


UNITAR Master degrees are advanced academic programmes, offered in partnership with the leading higher education institutions and designed to strengthen knowledge and capacities in the field of peace and security. The programmes are mostly delivered online, offering a high degree of flexibility for mid to upper-level professionals currently working in the field or whose assignments involve a lot of traveling. Each programme has in-built advanced academic modules, which can be taken separately based on individual needs and preferences.


Advanced academic programmes and Master degrees in peace & security - Learn how to make a difference

How many lives can you save, how many voices can you unmute when you have knowledge and skills to do so? Online learning and education at UNITAR is accessible, adaptable, available and acceptable for everyone! Learn more about our advanced academic programmes and online degrees in peace and security, offered by UNITAR in partnership with the leading hubs of academic expertise ? For mid- to upper-level professionals who dedicate their career to the promotion of peace and stability in their communities and globally: http://ow.ly/imlU50ygfl8

What is peace for YOU?

What is peace for you? Hear from one of our 259 master students from 76 countries working in the most difficult settings to promote and protect our common values. The video has been developed on the occasion of the International Day of Peace 21 September 2019. Because peace is the way!

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