The call for applications for the new edition of the Master in "World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development", offered by the University of Turin, the Polytechnic of Turin and the International Training Centre of ILO, in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, is now open.

The programme is intended for professionals involved in the management of World Heritage properties and/or professionals and specialists involved in the preservation or promotion of cultural heritage.

Four categories of participants are invited to apply:

  • Officials and/or professionals in the public and private sector, 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 special projects;
  • People working or interested in World Heritage projects and related research.

The essential requirements for admission are a three year university degree (BA) as well as fluency in the English language

The Master is intended to contribute to improved management of cultural resources through preparing managers and practitioners to be cultural entrepreneurs and promoters of local development, income generation and job creation, enriching the traditional conservation approach. The Programme provides a solid foundation in cultural economics, going through the value chain of cultural and natural resources. It explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse categories of heritage, enabling the monitoring of their effectiveness. It also puts emphasis on strategic management competencies and project management for the preservation and promotion of UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites (WHS), through the preparation of management plans and projects, including the identification of strategic activities.

The programme will be held in Turin, Italy, at the campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO.

The Master will take place from 13 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 and it is divided into three major learning cycles.

  • The first cycle will be conducted through a distance learning component that will start on 13 October 2014 and will end on 19 December 2014.
  • The second cycle, from 26 January 2015 to 20 May 2015, 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 21 May 2015 to 12 October 2015, will be a research and study period during which the students may attend internships activities and are expected to finalize their final project.

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a joint 1st level specialization Master Diploma from the University of Torino and the Politecnico di Torino.

Coursework takes place at the Centre's compact and functional campus, where participants from around the world meet, live and learn together, in a stimulating international environment. The campus and facilities (bank, post office, travel agency, laundry, gym, sports and recreation facilities) provide an ideal environment for living and studying, sharing experience and creating networks.

The tuition fee is EURO 8000 (Board and Lodging not included) and it includes:

  • Training facilities
  • Training materials
  • University registration fees

A limited number of scholarships is available to participants from developing and transitions countries.

Candidates who are interested should duly fill-in an on-line application form (you can find it on the web page and submit it no later than 18 August 2014.

For further information about the Master Course, the availability of scholarships and for all other communications, please contact the course secretariat:

Turin School of Development

International Training Centre of the ILO

Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10, 10127 Turin, Italy

Tel.: +39-011-6936945   Fax: +39-011-6936369

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