Three Quebec universities are launching a new research chair that will act as a centre of excellence for research on radicalization and violent extremism.

The UNESCO chair will be led by a team of researchers from Concordia University, Université de Sherbrooke and Université du Québec à Montréal. The research centre will be led by scientific director Dr. Sami Aoun from Sherbrooke, and include three chairs, all recognized experts in the field: Dr. David Morin (Sherbrooke), Dr. Ghayda Hassan (UQAM), and Dr. Vivek Venkatesh (Concordia).

“The scope of the projects conducted by the Chair will extend beyond Quebec and Canada to the rest of the world, as the Chair relies on an international network of recognized partners from all sectors of society who are involved in the prevention of radicalization leading to violence,” says Aoun. “We already have close partnerships in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, and others to come.”

UNESCO currently supports 700 institutions in 116 countries to encourage inter-university cooperation around the world.

 

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