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.
Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises
Exchange ideas with international students and faculty
Engage with experts from the ILO and other international organizations
Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, the Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the competences and skills required to manage cultural resources, design and implement cultural projects, and promote World Heritage Sites and other UNESCO designations. The course combines essential knowledge of cultural economics and cultural policies with the competences needed to design projects in the cultural field. It explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse UNESCO Conventions (World Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Diversity of Cultural Expressions) and programmes (Creative Cities, Man and Biosphere, Global Geoparks, Memories of the World). The Master focuses on developing 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. There is significant emphasis on strategic management competencies and project management skills for the promotion of cultural resources, and close attention is paid to cultural market analysis and the setting-up and management of cultural districts.
The programme is intended for: - officials and/or professionals in the public and private sectors, UN agencies, foundations and NGOs; - recent university graduates from developing and developed countries; - professionals already involved in cultural projects or interested in designing and managing cultural development projects; - people working or interested in World Heritage Sites and related research. The essential requirements for admission are a university degree (minimum three years ) and fluency in English.
The Programme provides a solid foundation in cultural economics, going through the value chain of cultural tangible and intangible resources.
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.
The programme promotes discussion, debate and diversity by providing opportunities for exchange and peer learning, in the classroom and during the study visits.
Students learn by studying, collaborating, and observing practitioners in action.