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The student branch of the UN Academic Impact is known as ASPIRE: Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education.

ASPIRE is a student-driven initiative and actively embodies UNAI’s principles within student communities around the world. Operating locally within their communities, the activities of each ASPIRE group contributes to UNAI’s overall message of unity and action to address global challenges.


The United Nations Academic Impact is informed by a commitment to support and advance ten basic principles:


  1. A commitment to the principles inherent in the United Nations Charter as values that education seeks to promote and help fulfil;
  2. A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech;
  3. A commitment to educational opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnicity;


United Nations Academic Impact Partners are organizations of colleges and universities who endorse the principles of the Academic Impact and actively encourage their affiliated institutions of higher education to join the Academic Impact as individual members.

Academic Consortium 21 (AC21)

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Association of Arab Universities (AARU)

About UNAI

The United Nations Academic Impact is a programme of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information. It is open to all institutions of higher education granting degrees or their equivalent, as well as bodies whose substantive responsibilities relate to the conduct of research. Its essential frame of reference is:

i) To bring into association with the United Nations, and with each other, institutions of higher learning throughout the world.

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