UNFPA believes that investing in academic and educational institutions is vital to meet the challenges ahead.

Universities serve as incubators of new ideas, projects and solutions to reaffirm faith in fundamental rights and leave no one behind. They also play a pivotal role in engaging academics, scientists, researchers and students in generating the knowledge, analysis and expertise needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and, precisely, UNFPA’s three transformative results.

To meet the “three zeros” by 2030: zero preventable maternal deaths, zero unmet need for family planning, and zero gender-based violence, including child marriage and other harmful practices, UNFPA created and formally launched a university network called TransformU.

The TransformU network is a collaborative system that encourages cooperation among members by developing opportunities to exchange knowledge and best practices.This platform, led by UNFPA, is a prominent mechanism to enrich knowledge generation and dissemination, policy guidance, capacity building and leadership development.

To date, the network accounts for more than 115 members that share a vision of realizing UNFPA’s mandate.

How we work with Academia

  • Widen knowledge

    To spread awareness of UNFPA programmes and activities to the members.

  • Outreach and Visibility

    Outreach to new academic institutions and student groups to participate in advancing UNFPA's mandate and organizing events to promote knowledge exchange within the network.

  • Developing research

    We provide a platform where university students and academics can co-create research and resources addressing UNFPA’s Transformative Results.


UNFPA University Network

Introducing TransformU: a UNFPA initiative that invests in academic and educational institutions to meet emerging challenges in gender equality and reproductive rights.

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See below for our network of universities around the globe.

  • Australia, Sydney
    India, Wardha
  • India, Bengaluru
    India, Bengaluru
  • India, Bhubaneswar
    Iran, Tehran
  • Iran, Tehran
    Japan, Tokyo
  • Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar
    Myanmar, Yangon
  • New Zealand, Auckland
    Philippines, Manila
  • Russia, Moscow
    Türkiye, İstanbul
  • Türkiye, Ankara
  • Egypt, Cairo
    Egypt, Assiut
  • Egypt, Cairo
    Lebanon, Mazraat El Daoudiyeh
  • Morocco, Casablanca
    Palestine, Birzeit
  • Somalia, Muqdisho
    Somalia, Garowe
  • Somalia, Garowe
    Somalia, Kismayo
  • Somalia, Mogadishu
    Somalia, Garowe
  • Somalia, Mogadishu
    Syria, Aleppo
  • Syria, Damascus
    Syria, Latakia
  • United Arab Emirates, Ras al Khaimah
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Egypt
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lubumbashi
    Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
  • Malawi, Blantyre
    Malawi, Mzuzu
  • Rwanda, Kigali
    Rwanda, Kigali
  • Rwanda, Kigali
    South Africa, Stellenbosch
  • Tanzania, Dodoma
    Uganda, Kasese
  • Zambia, Ndola
  • Chile, Vitacura
    Chile, Santiago
  • Colombia, Medellín
    Curaçao, Willemstad
  • Ecuador, Quito
    Mexico, Guadalajara
  • Mexico, Ciudad de México
    Mexico, Mexico
  • Mexico, Pachuca de Soto
    Mexico, Mexico city
  • Peru, Lima
  • Ghana, Accra
    Nigeria, Ago-Iwoye
  • Nigeria, Maiduguri
    Nigeria, Ibadan
  • Belgium, Ghent
    Canada, Montréal
  • Canada, Calgary
    Canada, Waterloo
  • Czechia, Prague
    Denmark, Copenhagen
  • Denmark, Copenhagen
    Norway, Bergen
  • Norway, Oslo
    Spain, Barcelona
  • Sweden, Falun
    Sweden, Gothenburg
  • Sweden, Linköping
    Sweden, Lund
  • Sweden, Borås
    United Kingdom, London
  • United Kingdom, Bristol
    United Kingdom, Brighton
  • United States of America, Oakland
    United States of America, New York
  • United States of America, New York
    United States of America, Hanover
  • United States of America, Philadelphia
    United States of America, Washington
  • United States of America, Chapel Hill
    United States of America, Boston
  • United States of America, Atlanta
    United States of America, New York
  • United States of America, Boston
    United States of America, Pennsylvania
  • United States of America, Phoenix
    United States of America, College Park
  • United States of America, Minneapolis
    United States of America, Stanford
  • United States of America, Georgia
    United States of America, Iowa City
  • United States of America, Los Angeles
    United States of America, Honolulu
  • United States of America, Omaha
    United States of America, Columbia
  • United States of America, Galveston
    United States of America, Seattle
  • United States of America, Morgantown
    United States of America, Pomona

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