Culture is our legacy from the past, Cultural activities are major contributors to national development, job creation and social cohesion. This is the vision inspiring the Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development since its first edition in 2003. A vision now fully embraced by UNESCO, which indicates both heritage and creativity as the foundations for vibrant, innovative and prosperous knowledge societies. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marks a substantial step forward for sustainable development in many fields, and particularly for culture. An explicit recognition is given to the fundamental role that heritage and culture play in human development and serve as an enabler and a driver of Sustainable Development. Similarly, the ILO recognises the role of cultural activities in generating opportunities for decent work.
Within this context, the Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills to participants in the promotion of World Heritage Sites and other UNESCO designations, as well as of any cultural resource in the framework of sustainable economic development.
The elaboration of economically sound projects, designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, and tourism, are the focus of the course.
The Programme provides a solid foundation in a variety of cultural economics topics and explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse UNESCO Conventions (World Heritage, Intangible, Diversity of Cultural Expressions). The Programme also puts emphasis on strategic management competencies for the promotion of cultural resources.