Quebec universities launch 'world first' UNESCO chair

Quebec’s new UNESCO chair on the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism is the first of its kind in the world, say members of three universities who launched the project recently in Sherbrooke, reports The Canadian Press.

The research centre will be directed by a team of professors from Concordia University, Universite de Sherbrooke and Universite du Quebec a Montreal. Co-director David Morin said the chair’s mission is to create a “pole of excellence” that will bring together experts in both research and field work.

“[The goal] is to be able to develop programmes, to evaluate them and to support the political decision-makers and the stakeholders in the field on the subject of prevention of radicalisation,” said Morin, a professor at the Universite de Sherbrooke. He said the chair’s mission as well as its governance model make it a world first.
Full report on the Vancouver Sun site