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 40 higher education and research institutions. It was built in alignment with the guidelines and procedures of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair and Network Programme. The Network´s main focus is higher education in the performing arts – drama, theatre, dance, music theatre, playwriting and all related performing arts disciplines.

It is overseen by an executive board drawn from member institutions, voted for by the members of the Network. It is coordinated by the International Theatre Institute’s General Secretariat based in Shanghai.

The Network is a non-profit organization. It is non-political in its 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.


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The following universities, academies, schools, higher education schools are member of the Network:
Armenia: Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography (Yerevan)
Australia: University of Melbourne (Melbourne)
Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts
Bangladesh: University of Dhaka (Dhaka)
Belgium: École Supérieur des Arts (Mons)
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Institute for Music, Theatre and Multimedia – iMTM Sarajevo
Brazil: NEEDRAM, Theatre Directing and Dramatic Writing Research Group, Federal University of Santa Catarina (Florianópolis)
Bulgaria: National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts – NATFA (Sofia)
Burkina Faso: Superior School of Theatre Jean-Pierre Guingané – CFRAV (Ouagadougou)
Canada: University of Regina (Regina SK)
China: Shanghai Theatre Academy (Shanghai)
China: Beijing Film Academy (Beijing)
China: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Hong Kong)
Colombia: Red de Escuelas de Teatro - RET (Bogota)
Costa Rica: University of Costa Rica (San José)
Georgia: Arts Research Institute of Georgia (Tbilisi)
Germany: World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT/ITI (Berlin)
Greece: Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology Laboratory of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens)
Hungary: Kaposvár University (Kaposvár)
Hungary: University of Theatre and Film Art (Budapest)
India: International Association for Performing Arts and Research – IAPAR (Pune)
India: Lalit Kala Kendra, Gurukul, Savitribai Phule Pune University (Pune)
India: Applied Theatre India Foundation ATiF (Karve Nagar, Pune)
Italy: Scuola Luca Ronconi, Piccolo Teatro di Milano (Milano)
Italy: University del Salento (Lecce)
Italy: Associazione Civica Accademia d'Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe (Udine)
Italy: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome)
Japan: Toho Gakuen College of Drama & Music (Tokyo)
Jordan: The University of Jordan (Amman)
Montenegro: Faculty of Dramatic Arts – University of Montenegro (Cetinje)
Morocco: University of Hassan II (Casablanca)
Nigeria: Redeemer’s University (Ede)
Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University (Manila)
Poland: Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw)
Portugal: Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Lisbon)
Romania: Lucian Blaga University (Sibiu)
Russia: Raykin Graduate School of Performing Arts (Moscow)
Russia: Institute of Theatrical Arts (Moscow)
Singapore: LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)
Slovenia: Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film & Television (Ljubljana)
South Africa: University of Cape Town (Cape Town)
South Korea: International Museum’s Theatre Institute (Seoul)
South Korea: Korea National University of Arts (Seoul)
South Korea: Sungshin Women’s University (Seoul)
South Sudan: College of Art, Music & Drama, University of Juba (Juba)
Spain: Escola Superior de Arte Dramatica de Galicia ESADg (Vigo)
Spain: Alicia Alonso Dance Institute, University Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid)
Switzerland: Zurich University of the Arts (Zurich)
Switzerland: Accademia Teatro Dimitri (Verscio)
Switzerland: University of the Arts (Bern)
Thailand: Chulalongkom University (Bangkok)
Turkey: Bilkent University (Ankara)
United Arab Emirates: Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (Sharjah)
Ukraine: Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Karyi University of Theatre, Cinema and Television (Kiev)
United Kingdom: CGO Institute - Diploma for Creative Producing
United Kingdom: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London (London)
United States of America: Georgetown University (Georgetown)
United States of America: Texas Tech University School of Theatre and Dance (Lubbock)

Network Board Members

Daniel BAUSCH, Switzerland
GONG Baorong, China
Levan KHETAGURI, Georgia
Hamadou MANDÉ, Burkina Faso
Idriss MANSOURI, Morocco
Anatoly POLYANKIN, Russia
Alvaro Andrés Franco RODRIGUEZ, Colombia
Christine SCHMALOR, Germany


For all questions about the Network, Application, etc. please contact:
CHEN Zhongwen, Network Secretary, chen.zhongwen(at)


>>Activity Report 2011-2014
>>Charter of the Network