The United Nations Academic Impact is an initiative of the Outreach Division of the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. It was officially established in 2010 at the UN headquarters in New York by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to align institutions of higher education and research with the United Nations.
The purpose of UNAI is to promote a new global culture of intellectual and social responsibility based on the freedom of expression, education for all, global citizenship education, sustainability, and intercultural dialogue. 10 Hub universities and about 1,000 member institutions are united under the ten basic principles of UNAI. It is open to all institutions of higher education granting degrees or their equivalent as well as research conducting organizations.