Dublin City University has signed a new partnership with the United Nations to tackle bullying in schools and on the internet.

The agreement will see the appointment of a UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying and Cyberspace.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

The international research collaboration will see academics and researchers in Ireland work with colleagues in other countries to study incidents of bullying and violence in schools.

They will also examine the damage done by bullying on the internet, particularly involving young people.

The international extent of bullying will be studied while a set of measures aimed at preventing bullying will be developed.

Guidelines on how to intervene to prevent harmful practices arising in the school environment will also be produced for educationalists, parents and teachers.

It will last four years initially.

"This agreement is a significant development reflecting a concerted global effort to combat the harm caused by bullying in schools and bullying in cyberspace," said Professor Brian MacCraith, President of Dublin City University.