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.


The following universities, academies, schools, higher education schools are member of the Network:
Armenia: Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography
Australia: University of Melbourne
Bangladesh: University of Dhaka
Belgium: Ecole Supérieur des Arts
Bulgaria: National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts - NATFA
Burkina Faso: Superior School of Theater Jean-Pierre Guingané/CFRAV
China: Shanghai Theatre Academy STA
China: The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Colombia: RET Red de Escuelas de Teatro
Costa Rica: University of Costa Rica
Croatia: University of Zagreb
Ethiopia: Jimma University
Georgia: Arts Research Institute of Georgia
Germany: World Theatre Training Institute AKT-ZENT
Hungary: Kaposvár University
Hungary: University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest
India: International Association for Performing Arts and Research
Italy: Piccolo Teatro di Milano
Italy: University del Salento
Italy: Associazione Civica Accademia d'Arte Drammatica Nico Pepe
Italy: Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
Japan: Toho Gakuen College of Drama & Music
Jordan: The University of Jordan
Mexico: Escuela Nacional de Arte Teatral ENAT
Mexico: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM
Montenegro: University of Montenegro
Morocco: University of Hassan II Casablanca
Nigeria: Redeemer’s University
Philippines: Ateneo de Manila University
Poland: Grotowski Institute
Portugal: Escola Superior de Teatro e Cnema
Russia: Raykin Higher School of Performing Arts
Singapore: LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Slovenia: Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film & Television
South Africa: University of Cape Town
South Korea: International Museum’s Theatre Institute
South Korea: Korea National University of Arts
South Sudan: University of Juba College of Art, Music & Drama
Spain: Alicia Alonso Dance Institute of the University del Rey Juan Carlos
Switzerland: Zurich University of the Arts
Switzerland: Accademia Teatro Dimitri
Switzerland: University of the Arts (Hochschule der Künste)
Thailand: Chulalongkom University
Turkey: Bilkent University
UK: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
USA: Georgetown University

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:
Tom JOHNSON, Network Coordinator, tom.johnson(at)
CHEN Zhongwen, Network Secretary, chen.zhongwen(at)


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