This Master imparts the necessary competencies and skills in the conservation and promotion of World Heritage Sites as well as in the conceptualization of sustainable projects in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, creative industries, museums and tourism.

The programme is divided into three learning cycles. The first cycle from October to December 2013 consists of distance learning on Cultural Heritage and Economic Development and the World Heritage System and Heritage Management. The second cycle is a face-to-face learning period from January to May 2014 that will be held in Turin, Italy, at the International Training Centre of the ILO and consists of four Modules: Culture and Economic Development, Project Management in the Cultural Fields, Cultural sectors and Creative Industries, and Tools for Strategic Planning and Evaluation. The third cycle from June to September 2014 is a research and study period during which the participants will work on producing a project for improving current management, conservation and marketing systems of a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site or on the development of a project proposal in a field of culture relevant to their context.

The Master has a strong international Faculty including Professor Walter Santagata, Professor David Throsby, Professor Allen Scott, Professor Andy Pratt, Professor Françoise Benhamou  Professor Xavier Greffe and Professor Helmut Anheier; Officials from UNESCO, ICCROM, the World Bank and the ILO also teach on the Master. The Master takes place in the frame of the training initiatives of the International Research Centre on the Economics of Culture and World Heritage Studies (Category 2 Centre Turin) under the auspices of UNESCO.

Course Structure

The Master will take place from 14 October 2013 and is divided into three major learning cycles.

  • The first cycle,
    from 14 October 2013 to 20 December 2013, will be conducted through a distance learning component.
  • The second cycle,
    from 27 January 2014 to 21 May 2014, is a face-to-face learning period that will be held in Turin, Italy, at the International Training Centre of the ILO. Class attendance is compulsory for the entire period.
  • The third cycle,
    from 22 May 2013 to 30 September 2014, will be a research and study period during which the students may attend internships activities and are expected to finalize their final project.
Deadline for Application: 7 July 2013

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