United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC)

United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC)


Our vision
We aim to provide the skills and knowledge to empower the most valuable resource of the UN system: our people

Our mission
The mission of the Staff College is to contribute to a more effective, results-oriented and agile United Nations through learning, training and knowledge dissemination.

Based in Torino, Italy, the UN System Staff College (UNSSC) has been running courses and delivering learning initiatives to United Nations personnel for more than a decade, reaching on average 7,000 beneficiaries across the globe each year. Through its programmes and services, the UNSSC can assist UN organizations and their staff to develop the skills and competencies needed to meet the global challenges faced by the UN.

Created by the General Assembly to improve the UN system’s effectiveness, the UNSSC is in the unique position to act as an agent of change and innovation from within the system itself by helping to build a more effective and responsive team of leaders and a more cohesive management culture. We believe that by learning as one and by sharing knowledge, UN staff become better equipped to deliver as one unified and coherent system, rather than as a fragmented body of institutions with different mandates.

To this end, the UNSSC offers a wide range of learning and training opportunities for UN organizations, including:

  • Residential workshops, seminars and training courses
  • Distance learning initiatives
  • E-learning and research in lessons learned and good practice
  • Awareness-raising projects
  • Advisory services
  • Coaching and mentoring services
  • Tailor-made projects and technical support
  • Publications

What the UN System Staff College does

As the pre-eminent learning arm of the United Nations, the College develops, coordinates and provides cross-organization learning and training programmes with a view to:

strengthening collaboration within the UN system;
increasing operational effectiveness across the system;
enhancing cooperation between the UN system and Members States, NGOs and civil society;
developing and maintaining a cohesive system-wide management culture.
The strategy followed by the College is to use a blended approach as far as possible. This involves the use of a number of different elements to deliver effective learning for the UN system. The backbone of the College’s services consists of learning workshops and events, delivered both face-to-face and at distance.

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