Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Deadline for application: 30 May 2018

Starting date: 15 October 2018


15 October 2018 - 12 October 2019


Master Information

Deadline for application: 30 May 2018

Starting date: 15 October 2018


15 October 2018 - 12 October 2019


Career opportunities, best projects and success stories

Career opportunities

The training methodology balances traditional classes on theory, concepts and methods with concrete case studies,  practical assignments and study visits. The students strongly benefit from the fact that the courses are taught by a mix of university lecturers, academic researchers, practitioners and experts from international organizations.

Our graduates work in a wide spectrum of professional fields including architecture, archaeology, anthropology, cultural site management, and the arts. Career opportunities for this Master include work in World Heritage sites and projects, UNESCO and other international organisations, cultural organizations in the public and private sectors, museums, universities, development agencies, non-profit organisations,management of heritage sites in developed and developing countries, and consultancy firms, including architects.


Best projects and success stories



SebinaneSebinane Lekoekoe: Master Student 2013/2014, Lesotho

Profile: I am Senior Arts and Crafts Officer at the Lesotho National Department of Culture under the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture. I have a background in Museum and Heritage Studies and have previously worked in the archives, museums and academia.

The Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development has been an outstandingly exciting course which seeks to blend the world heritage enterprise and cultural projects with the objective of illustrating the importance of culture in the realm of sustainable development. It showcases that indeed culture and its valorisation is a resource and a capital that should contribute to the community well-being from the socio-economic perspective.

My project: bearing the title ‘Sehlabathebe National Park as engine for local economic development’ focuses on one critical leg of the Management Plan; community involvement. The project focuses on mechanisms that should be put into place so that the communities around Sehlabathebe National Park are able to tap into the economic potentialities of the touristic experience of this pioneer World Heritage Site in Lesotho. The outstandingly stimulating incidents of the master include modules on Project cycle management, study tours to historic sites in Italy and UNESCO headquarters and vibrant lectures by professors and professionals in the heritage fraternity from across the globe. Above all, I am also very thankful to the World Bank for financing my studies.


ClaudiaClaudia Múnera: Master Student 2012/2013, Colombia

Profile: The Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development was a great complement for my career as biologist. As practitioner and researcher I have been actively involved in projects related with biodiversity conservation, protected areas, climate change, sustainable development, and ecotourism in Colombia and Central America. My research and professional interests have been around the social and livelihood impacts of environmental conservation and sustainable development initiatives, and to propose solutions that help to achieve sustainable development inclusive with the need from local communities, considering their environmental and cultural realities.

My project: For my Master’s project I followed Biocultural Design, a framework developed for sustainable development in rural indigenous/local communities, which is intended to create teams of academics, practitioners and local communities to identify and develop sustainable development considering aspirations and motivations of local communities through a product/service innovation approach. The objective was to use biocultural design to improve both the management plan of Rio San Juan Biosphere Reserve (Nicaragua) and to update and improve the nomination of the area to be fully designated as a World Heritage Site. Following the Project I was awarded an UNESCO MaB Young Scientists Awards in 2013 that allowed me to made a small independent research to develop further the idea behind my project. 


Rachel Rachel Redshaw, Master Student 2013/2014, Canada

I completed my undergraduate degree at Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia in Anthropology and Celtic Studies with a particular interest in Scottish Gaelic language and cultural development in Canada and Scotland.

My Master’s project, “The Rise of the Ambitious City: Exploring the Leading Role of Social Innovation in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada” was based on the City of Hamilton located within Southern Western Ontario. The city has several social issues, many of which overlap, such as mental illnesses and poverty; most of these issues are within the downtown core district. I based my project upon establishing a Centre for Social Innovation which incubates entrepreneurial business ventures that focus on social issues.

Since I completed my project for the program, I have developed a good network of partners for future projects. I found that when I returned to Canada to finish the project, I had the opportunity to learn much more of what was happening in the City and become involved in the many new ideas that they were developing in order to solve social issues beyond the idea for a Centre.


GiuliaGiulia Cirlini, Master Student 2013/2014, Italy 

I have started working in the field of Contemporary Art doing many abroad experiences, one of the lasts in USA and I am now working as Amministrative Assistant in a private art collection.

I choose this Master because I’ve found it aimed at giving notions about principal aspects of culture and its possibility to become an asset for development rather than just focusing on a particular and very sectorial discipline.

The master also helps me strength my language skills and give me an overview on what does write a project means and what should be the focus in developing it in a sustainable and respectfully way. UNESCO Master also offered me many opportunities to networking with some of the most important professors and professionals from this sector.

Project: My project was aimed at developing a program between Turin and Detroit, involving their main schools and museums.



Raymond Aquino Macapagal Master Student 2012/2013, Philippines

Profile: I am Assistant Professor at the Center for International Studies, University of the Philippines – Diliman. I mainly lecture on global issues and food cultural heritage, with particular focus on the UNESCO World Heritage Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. I also bring my students to the rice terraces on study tours to learn about the ancient indigenous rice culture.

The Master in World Heritage and Community Projects for Development has endowed me with better project management skills for running this endeavor in the rice terraces. It has also given me a lot of academic insight about the World Heritage system which will definitely contribute to my university teaching and research work.

Project: My project is an extension/elaboration of what I have been doing with the local families of the Batad Rice Terrace Cluster for the past several years. I assist them in restoring their dilapidated native granary-houses with the aim of converting these into tourist lodging. I also train the families on how to host visitors and run their small business. My main challenges are creating a larger organizational structure to support these mini-projects and marketing these small inns to the wider tourist market.


Wilhelmina Asino Master student 2011/2012, Namibia

Profile: Worked as a Programme Assistant for the UN Joint programme on the MDGF project on Sustainable Cultural Tourism in Namibia, before enrolling for the Masters programme. After returning back home from completing my Masters, I was tasked to coordinate the UNESCO project on Culture for Development Indicator Suite (CDIS) Project in Namibia. This Masters programme has empowered me with invaluable skills and knowledge required in executing the CDIS project. I am now confident to undertake any Cultural Heritage projects.

Project: The Hoba meteorite, the largest single piece of cosmic dust to have fallen on earth, is strategically located and is accessible to many of Namibia’s tourist destinations but currently there are no major economic activities at Hoba. The project aims to attract massive tourist visitors through economic activities, tourism facilities, tour packages and creating public private partnerships in order to uplift the livelihoods of the immediate communities.


Helen Sophia

Helen Sophia Chua Balderama Master Student 2005/2006, Philippines

Profile: Currently Internationalization Officer at University of Manitoba and Special Advisor to ASEF Higher Education Programme (AHEP) at Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). Previously Development Management Officer at UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines

The Cultural Projects for Development program in Turin was a great experience for me, both professionally and personally. The courses and modules equipped me with knowledge and technical know-how which proved to be useful when I became more involved in the culture program of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines. I understood for the first time the economic theories and principles that are essential in the management of projects. Personally, the ITCILO experience further enlarged my view of the world. Inspired, I even launched my own blog http://weekendlazy.blogspot.ca/. I’ve built friendships and relationships with my colleagues from 18 countries. We come from different disciplines and backgrounds but our diversity enriched our exchanges and discussions, whether inside or outside the classroom. The experience continues to remind me of how a global classroom contributes to one person’s journey towards lifelong learning and development.



Mbarak Abdulqadir Abdallah Master Student 2011/2012, Kenya

Profile: I am now the Coordinator of Research Institute of Swahili studies of Eastern Africa in Mombasa,Kenya, an Institute of the National Museums of Kenya which conduct research and training in the history,culture and language of the Swahili so as to enhance Swahili scholarship.

This course has really transformed me positively.The course contents and the vast array of world class renowned resource persons makes the Master program a must to any would be heritage practitioner.I wish ITCILO has a Phd Programme for the same!

Project: My Master's Project entitled " Harnessing the Economic Potential of Fort Jesus World Heritage Site for Job Creation and Poverty Alleviation"was conducted at Fort Jesus World Heritage Site in 2013 and it was jointly funded by the National Museusm of Kenya and the Africa World Heritage Fund. The project targeted tour guides from the local community who operate as guides at Fort Jesus,21 community based organizations(CBOs),tour operators,hoteliers and staff of Fort Jesus.Participants attended several workshops on tour guiding,entrepreneurship(for those who operated flea markets and food bazaar outside the Fort) and sensitization on the heritage assets found within the community.The funds were also use to improve signage in the Fort.



Tiphanie Coulardeau Master Student 2010/2011, France

Profile: Tiphaine Coulardeau, project manager at the European Intercultural Forum e. V. in Berlin, was born and raised in France. She holds two Masters Degrees in Architecture in developing contexts (Barcelona, 2006) and in Cultural Heritage management (Torino, 2011). She is active since 2007 in the civil society sector and currently delivers peace education programmes (citizenship, intercultural, Human Rights Education, etc.) with a particular focus on the South Caucasus and Balkans regions. The Master in Torino supported my learning on how to conceptualize relevant project proposals. Moreover it was a great chance to network with cultural managers from all across the world and to exchange opinions and actual practices during the learning period in Torino.



Rieko Kubota Master student 2008/2009, Japan

Profile: Rieko is currently an international project coordinator at the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan. Previously, she has participated the internship training at UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, France

Enrolling the program of Master’s in World Heritage at Work - Management of Cultural Projects for me was the most diverse experience in terms of knowledge and culture both inside and outside the classroom. The highlight of this master's program is inevitably the residential part of the program at ILO/ITC in Torino. The course is intensive to the extent that you need to consume different theory and methodology under cultural management and world heritage in very short period of time. In order to do that, you need time to discuss the topics in depth and reflects your own thoughts with lecturers and your peers. Moreover, you will learn the different contexts from different parts of the world, because your class mates will be literally from all over the world and it's really a well mixed group of people from different background with experience. I assure you will leave campus with robust knowledge and lifelong friendship with the peers(including some lecturers) with same interest after completing the program.


Juan Camilo

Juan Camilo Gaviria Master Student 2009/2010, Colombia

Profile: After having attended this Master I reaffirmed that working in favour of the protection of World Heritage Sites can be a vehicle to promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The master gave me elements to strengthen capacity building and communication skills to local stakeholders as active decision makers and contribute to reinforce Unesco´s 5c´s strategic objectives: conservation, capacity building, communication, credibility and community involvement. Recently appointed in charge of Cultural and Communication Cooperation of the National Commission of UNESCO in Colombia.



Monica Isaza Bordamalo Master Student 2010/2011, Colombia

Profile: Master's Degree in Foreign Affairs, with a BA in Literature and Philosophy. Five years' experience in charge of World Heritage at the Colombian Commission for Unesco.

Project: Toward cultural tourism planning on Colombian World Heritage Sites

The objective of the project is to draw up an action Plan on sustainable Tourism for San Agustin Archaeological Park and its surroundings through the harmonization between conservation of heritage and tourism development. The major activity was a workshop for government agencies associated with Tourism and Culture at national and local level for San Agustin Archaeological Park with de participation of local community.



Maria Agabin Master Student 2012/2013, Philippines

Profile: Worked as heritage affairs officer for the province of Ilocos Sur. After the Master program, came back to her country to help coordinate the restoration project of the new National Museum in the Ilocos. She recently joined Alliance Francaise de Manille, handling international cultural projects often collaborative of Franco-Philippine artistry and expertise.

This program gave me solid grounding by teaching practical learnings, especially in project management, that enables me to handle international cultural and heritage projects. It kept me abreast with the crucial issues that affect heritage today such as climate change, gender equality, and IPR.

Project: The project for Batanes Cultural Landscape in the Philippines aims to create opportunities towards endogenous development by taking traditional livelihoods connected with cultural landscape and upgrading their quality.




Pheobe  Awiti, Master student 2011/2012, Kenya

The experience in Turin enabled me to analyse how to increase the impact of my heritage site project on the local community, creating business and employment opportunities.









Daniel Urrea Master student 2011/2012, Colombia

This master gave me tools, technical knowledge and the opportunity to meet well known specialist. It will definitely help me to manage my cultural project towards an economical sustainable activity.



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