What is ASPUnivNet?

 ASPUnivNet is a network of universities that support activities at UNESCO Associated Schools as their partners.
Why Was ASPUnivNet Established?

  UNESCO Associated Schools have a long history that dates back to 1953, when the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network(ASPnet) was inaugurated to carry the philosophies stated in the UNESCO Charter into action at schools. The "Symposium on International Understanding and Education" was held in 2007 at Miyagi University of Education in Sendai, which is the birthplace of the world's private-sector UNESCO activities. This event triggered a surge in the number of applications to participate in ASPnet in the region, especially in Kesennuma. The driving force of this trend was universities supporting applications, along with universities' cooperation in school education. In November 2008, the "Gathering of UNESCO Associated Schools" was held at Miyagi University of Education, bringing together representatives of universities considering assisting UNESCO Associated Schools. They set forth the establishment of an interuniversity network. On December 2 to 5, "The International Forum on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Dialogue 2008 took place at the United Nations University in Tokyo under the auspices of MEXT, JNCU, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations University, the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO, and Miyagi University of Education. The inauguration of the Interuniversity Network Supporting the UNESCO Associated School Project Network (ASPUnivNet) was officially announced there to the world. There were eight member universities at that time, and the number has increased to 12 member universities today.