About the University: The United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society is an institute of the United Nations University (UNU), located in São Lázaro, Macau, China. Established in 2015, UNU-CS intends to assist the UN to achieve its agenda by working as a bridge between the UN and the international academic and public policy communities, training the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists in computing, social sciences and design for international development. UNU-CS succeeds the United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST), which was created by the United Nations University in Macau in 1991 following the agreement between the UN, the governments of Macao, Portugal and China. After the Transfer of sovereignty over Macau, UNU-IIST lost some level of visibility.
About Academics/Campus/Affiliated Colleges: The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate teaching and capacity development and dissemination of knowledge in furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations. The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its Member States. A focused research programme, to be developed in collaboration with the Board of the Institute, will contribute, through impact and policy advice, to the goals and priorities of the emerging UN development agenda. The lnstitute’s scope for doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships should contribute to nurturing the next generation of computing and information scientists and engineers in developing countries.
Research and Statistics: UNU-CS is nurturing three inaugural ICTD research Labs:
Digital Peace Lab: ICTs for peacebuilding and to support human security, respond to crises, and mitigate human displacement.
Gender Tech Lab: ICTs that promote women’s empowerment and enable sustainable community led development.
Small Data Lab: ICTs that create actionable knowledge from local data, empower citizens with data they trust, and improve global datasets with local data.
A research start-up, UNU-CS aims to do the following: Lead in investigating and inventing human centered information and communication technologies addressing some of the priorities central to the United Nations such as: sustainability, development, governance, peace and security, human rights and human dignity. Impact policymakers, within the UN system and beyond, through actionable knowledge and thought-leadership. Nurture the next generation of inter-disciplinary computing, information and social scientists; and engineers in developing countries. Embrace the enormous dynamism of the city of Macau and Pearl River Delta region while still working globally.