• On 13 June 2023, UNITAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Hiroshima Corporation for Higher Education (HCHE) in charge of managing Eikei University of Hiroshima.
  • The MOU will allow UNITAR to support students of Eikei University of Hiroshima with their curriculum and Project-Based Learning (PBL) in tackling real-world issues.
  • UNITAR will work together with HCHE/Eikei University of Hiroshima to advance human resources development for youth to effectively address and overcome pressing global challenges.
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24 August 2023, Hiroshima, Japan – On June 2023, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has begun a new collaboration with the Hiroshima Corporation for Higher Education (HCHE) in charge of managing Eikei University of Hiroshima. As part of their curriculum, Eikei University students spend a trimester engaging in Project-Based Learning (PBL), tackling real-world issues to contribute to their communities.

Through this new partnership, Eikei University students will approach these problem-solving proposals through a UNITAR perspective. As an initial step, both parties will focus mainly on themes relating to entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership skills, and local engagement.

With the dawn of our new partnership with Eikei University, we embrace a shared mission to cultivate young minds with interdisciplinary prowess. This MoU signifies our joint commitment to nurturing problem-solvers who can collaboratively shape societies, locally and globally. Together, UNITAR and Eikei University aim to craft a future brimming with innovative solutions and enduring values.” – Mihoko Kumamoto, Director of UNITAR Division for Prosperity and Hiroshima Office

Eikei University, a public university established in April 2021 by HCHE, works to become a vibrant center of intellectual activity. By developing the talents of young individuals, HCHE aims to cultivate interdisciplinary skills and knowledge necessary for understanding societies, identifying problems, collaborating with others to find solutions, and ultimately creating new values that have a positive impact at both the local and global level.

Eikei University of Hiroshima expects that this collaboration with the UNITAR Hiroshima Office will expand the potential of young people and further develop their talents. We are eager to see that the proposals and activities of young people will help realize a Hiroshima that has opened up to the world and contribute to the international community.” – Mutsuhiro Arinobu, President of Eikei University of Hiroshima

UNITAR is pleased to observe common objectives with HCHE in fostering collaborative development across academic, professional, and knowledge exchanges. Together, both parties will work towards advancing human resources development for youth to effectively address and overcome pressing global challenges.

About Eikei University of Hiroshima

Eikei University of Hiroshima is a public university based in Hiroshima, Japan, established by the Hiroshima Corporation for Higher Education in April 2021. It has a School of Social System Design and aims to foster a cadre of young people by enhancing their interdisciplinary skills and knowledge to enable them analyze societies, identify problems, collaborate with others to find solutions, create new values, and contribute locally and globally.

About Hiroshima Corporation for Higher Education (HCHE)

The Hiroshima Corporation for Higher Education, through the establishment and management of universities, aims to be a centre of intellectual activity for the creation, application and accumulation of knowledge that contributes to the local and international community. It seeks to develop human resources with practical skills who can think and act independently and play an active role in the local community, and human resources who have a bird's-eye view of society and can create new values and open up new eras in collaboration with others, while conducting advanced research, thereby contributing widely not only to the local community but also to the international community.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained 396,046 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. In addition to our headquarters in Geneva, we have offices in Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.

The Division for Prosperity is based in the Hiroshima Office and Geneva. We seek to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world through world-class learning and knowledge-sharing services on entrepreneurship, leadership, finance and trade, digital technologies, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We empower individuals from least developed countries, countries emerging from conflict, and small-island developing states – especially women and young people – to bring about positive change.

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