In 2011, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (Directorate General of Cultural Heritage – Department of European and International Affairs) launched « e-patrimoines »: a new e-learning training program on tangible and intangible heritage, for nearly a hundred francophone countries. This project was undertaken in partnership with the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) (University Agency of the Francophonie) and the Université numérique francophone mondiale (UNFM) (World French-speaking Digital University).
The objective of this training is twofold. On one hand it aims to increase the expertise of professionals and academics from across the world in the field of heritage. On the other hand, it seeks to create and/or strengthen partnerships between professionals and academics on tangible and intangible heritage.
This e-learning training program is conceived and taught by highly qualified experts in the field of heritage, mostly from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication or organizations associated to this Ministry. The courses can be accessed through the virtual francophone campus of the AUF upon subscription or on-line with a user name and password.
This new training program is primarily intended for professionals and academics from across the world, working in the field of heritage, and wishing to enhance their knowledge. It is also open to any person who, in the performance of his/her professional occupation, needs to enhance his/her knowledge.
The e-learning training program « e-patrimoines » includes five modules to date, and, as a general rule, two more modules are uploaded every year:
- Module 1: Combat theft and illicit trafficking in cultural properties
- Module 2: Inventory techniques and processes: building foundational knowledge
- Module 3: Preventive Conservation – Conserving heritage, risk prevention methods
- Module 4: Security and safety on heritage sites: from prevention to enforcement
- Module 5: French archeology: history, organization and practices
Access to modules is free upon subscription and candidates are selected based on their applications.
For further information about the e-learning training program and the subscription procedures, check http://www.e-patrimoines.org and see attached leaflet.
French Ministry of Culture and Communication
Directorate General of Cultural Heritage
Department of European and International Affairs
6, rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris – France
Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (University Agency of the Francophonie)