UNESCO and the Network created a UNESCO/UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology Cooperation Programme in the framework of UNESCO’s UNITWIN Chairs Programme on 3 September 2012.

Between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the Network for Underwater Archaeology concerning the establishment of a UNITWIN Cooperation Programme

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (hereinafter referred to as “UNESCO”), 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris, France, represented by its Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, and

The International Network for Underwater Archaeology (hereinafter referred to as “the Network”) composed of

Alexandria University (Alexandria Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage, Hussein Sobhi Street, El-Shatbi 21526, Alexandria, Egypt), represented by its President Prof. Osama Ibrahim (Organized by Dr. Emad Khalil)

Selçuk University (Faculty of Letters, Department of Archaeology, Kampus, 42151 Konya, Turkey), represented by its Rector Prof. Dr. Halil Gokbel  (Organized by Dr. Hakan Oniz)

Syddansk University (Faculty of Humanities, Maritime Archaeology Programme, Esbjerg, Campusvej 55, DK-5230 Odense M, Denmark), represented by its Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jens Oddershede  (Organized by Prof. Thijs Maarleveld)

Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton (Faculty of Humanities, Archaeology Department, Avenue Campus, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BF, United Kingdom), represented by its Vice-Chancellor Prof. Donald Nutbeam (Organized by Dr. Lucy Blue)

Coordinator  (Between September 2015 - September 2018) Maritime Archaeology Program, Flinders University (Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia), represented by its Executive Dean Prof. Richard Maltby (Organized by Dr. Wendy van Duivenvoorde and Dr. Jennifer McKinnon)

Considering that one of the essential factors favouring development in UNESCO’s fields of competence is the exchange of experience and knowledge between universities;

Convinced that joint work by university teachers, researchers and administrators from different regions across the world will benefit the entire academic community;

Bearing in mind UNESCO’s mission and objectives as set forth in its Constitution, and the role of UNESCO in promoting inter-university cooperation on an international scale;  

Taking into account the experience of UNESCO’s international UNITWIN Chairs Programme as a stimulus to the rapid transfer of knowledge through twinning, networking and other linking arrangements;