Samsung and UNESCO Announce First Global Partnership

Mar 18, 2014

Samsung and UNESCO unite to tackle global issues on education, culture and society


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
– March 16, 2014 – Samsung Electronics and UNESCO announced a partnership to give students in the developing world access to better education by putting UNESCO's expertise in the field together with Samsung's Smart School facilities and solutions. The partnership directly supports UNESCO's five major program sectors of Education, Culture, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Communication and Information.

Samsung's Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Citizenship Officer Seok Pil Kim and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova signed the agreement at the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai on March 16, 2014.

Samsung Executive Vice President Seok Pil Kim said, “At Samsung we see education as the lynchpin that enables all nations to realize their potential to build sustainable and robust societies where people can thrive. Samsung and UNESCO's shared vision for education and culture will ensure this partnership meaningfully contributes to communities around the world, and will inspire young people to take charge of their own future.”

Samsung is committed to contributing to a better global community through varied initiatives including Samsung Schools that bridge the digital gap and create enhanced educational environment, and Tech Institutes that provide vocational training for students and young technicians.

UNESCO’s Mobile Learning initiative seeks to provide education for all by offering smarter ways to support the learning process through mobile devices. The project will enable Samsung and UNESCO to cooperate and make tangible progress in education and will expand further to include culture and sciences.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stated, “The agreement between UNESCO and Samsung is a shining example of the innovative alliances that are needed to consolidate the foundations of the knowledge societies we need for the 21st century,” adding “It will help us to integrate the extraordinary power and reach of mobile technologies into education systems, and provide quality learning for girls and boys, women and men, wherever they may be.”

Samsung and UNESCO have already teamed up on several national projects such as Education for Sustainable Development in Vietnam and the Silk Road Online Platform to preserve knowledge about the history of trade routes.

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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs, cameras, home appliances, printers, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 286,000 people across 80 countries with annual sales of US$216.7 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

About United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO plays a unique role in strengthening the foundations of lasting peace and sustainable development, by advancing
cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. The promotion and provision of quality education for all is one of the Organization’s top priorities, based on the recognition of everyone’s right to education and the belief that education plays a fundamental role in human, social and economic development.