ITI / UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts

The ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts is a joint initiative of UNESCO and ITI together with more than 20 higher education and research institutions. It was built in alignment with the guidelines and procedures of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair and Network Program. The Network´s main focus is higher education in the performing arts – drama, theatre, dance, music theatre, playwriting and all related performing arts disciplines.

Its headquarters are based at the higher education institutions from which the coordinator(s) / director(s) is/are appointed. Currently the two co-directors are Gong Baorong from the Shanghai Theatre Academy and Derek Goldman from the Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The permanent address for the Network is at c/o ITI, UNESCO, in Paris.

The Network is a non-profit organization. It is non-political in izts nature. It welcomes members from all continents, independent of their socio-economic condition, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, culture and nationality. The Network is based on democratic principles and it follows the core values of collaboration, inclusiveness, transparency and inspiration.

The goals of the Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts are:
• To make education in the performing arts accessible to all populations of students regardless of socio-economic condition, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, culture or nationality.
• To promote the professional education in the performing arts worldwide for the enhancement of the skills of professionals in the field.
• To exchange knowledge and best practices on different methodologies for education in the performing arts.
• To develop and share innovative models for higher education in the performing arts.
• To support higher education in the performing arts all over the world, including developed and developing countries – with a special focus on Africa, in alignment with the UNESCO global priority “Africa”.
• To initiate collaboration between the members of the Network.
• To protect and promote unique manifestations of “cultural identity” as observed and demonstrated by members of the network from their cultures – in alignment with the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
• To create a project to designate and preserve Intangible Heritage in the Performing Arts globally – in alignment with UNESCO and ITI.
• To advocate for peace, mutual understanding and respect through education in the performing arts – in alignment with the goals of UNESCO and ITI.
• To bring together students and educators in the performing arts and professionals of the performing arts for the benefit of the profession.


To reach these goals the Network can realize the following projects or activities – initiated and organized by its members or part of its members, regionally or internationally: school festivals, conferences, congresses (whenever possible in conjunction with the ITI World Congress), exchange programs for educators and students of the network, research projects, intangible heritage research and preservation activities – in conjunction with UNESCO and ITI, dissemination of knowledge in print or via digital and audio-visual publications, exhibitions, competitions, awards, and any other event or activity which supports the goals of the Network.


The following universities, academies, schools, higher education schools are member of the Network:
Armenia: Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, Yerevan
Bangladesh: University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Belgium: Ecole Supérieur des Arts, Mons
China: Shanghai Theatre Academy STA, Shanghai
Colombia: Red de Escuelas de Teatro 'RET'
Costa Rica: University of Costa Rica, San José
India: IAPAR International Association for Performing Arts and Research, Pune
Japan: Toho Gakuen College of Drama & Music, Tokyo
Mexico: Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral ENAT, Mexico DF
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM, Mexico DF
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Nuevo Leon
Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University, Manila
Russia: Raykin Higher School of Performing Arts, Moscow
South Africa: University of Cape Town, Cape Town
Spain: Institut de Teatro, Barcelona
Alicia Alonso Dance Institute of the University del Rey Juan Carlos
Switzerland: University of the Arts, Zurich
University of the Arts, Bern
Academia Teatro Dimitri, Verscio
Slovenia: Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film & Television, Ljubljana
South Sudan: University of Juba College of Art, Music & Drama, Juba
Thailand: Chulalongkom University, Bangkok
USA: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado

Office Bearers

President: Tobias BIANCONE, Switzerland/China
Vice-President: SUN Huizhu, China
Vice-President: Jeffrey SICHEL, USA
Co-Director: GONG Baorong, China
Co-Director: Derek GOLDMAN, USA


For all questions about the Network, Application, etc. please contact:
Information Centre of the ITI/UNESCO Network for Higher Education in the Performing Arts
c/o Raykin Higher School of Performing Arts
Dmitry TRUBOTCHKIN: trubotchkin(at)

For reaching the president, please contact:
CHEN Zhongwen, Director for Collaborations ITI, chen.zhongwen(at)


>>Activity Report 2011-2014
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