UNESCO Chair at Kadir Has University aims to offer summer courses to international and Turkish students with a focus on World Heritage both as an academic field of study and as an applied area of study to discuss various contemporary issues and themes, regarding management of World Heritage and community involvement through use of new media. The field studies will be made at World Heritage Sites in Istanbul or at one of the World Heritage Sites in Turkey.
The course tracks and courses offered in the program are defined with an interdisciplinary approach. Thus, the curriculum will cut across disciplines and areas of study, and the program will not officially be affiliated with a particular faculty, department or program within KHAS. Summer School will be expanded as an academic program of a larger scale within KHAS (Department of Architecture, Department of Industrial Design, Department of New Media, etc). Internationally renowned scholars will be invited to join the program each summer to lecture and/or conduct workshops. Scholars, researchers and artists will be encouraged to contribute to the program through post-doctoral positions and/or a residency program to be offered by the University and its partners, where they can teach, conduct workshops, and organize exhibits or performances. The direct expected result of the program is granting of ECTS credits upon successful fulfillment of the summer school. In addition to gaining credits, students may have the chance to see their projects put in practice right away depending on the scale/scope of the project.
Training Programs on varied topics can be organized all year long based on the demand from national / international site managers, municipalities and other private/ government institutions. The training programs will be certified.
Consultancy is provided on world heritage related topics such as preparation of nomination files, review of the tentative lists, preparation of management plans.