The call for applications for the new edition of the Masters in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development, offered by the University of Turin, the Polytechnic of Turin, (University of Barcelona for the Spanish edition)  and the International Training Centre of ILO, in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM, 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 minimum of three year university degree (BA) as well as fluency in the English or Spanish Language.

The Masters are 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 Programmes provide 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. They also put 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 English programme will be held in Turin, Italy, at the campus of the International Training Centre of the ILO.

The Master will take place from 14 October 2015 to 9 October 2016 and it is divided into three major learning cycles.

  • The first cycle will be conducted through a distance learning component that will start on 14 October 2015 and will end on 18 December 2015.
  • The second cycle, from 25 January 2016 to 20 May 2016, 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 2016 to 9 October 2016, 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 joint1st level specialization Master Diploma from the University of Torino and the Politecnico di Torino.

The Spanish programme will be held in Barcelona, Spain, at the University of Barcelona.

The Master will take place from 14 October 2015 to 9 October 2016 and it is divided into three major learning cycles.

  • The first cycle will be conducted through a distance learning component that will start on 28 October 2015 and will end on 18 December 2015.
  • The second cycle, from 18 January 2016 to 22 April 2016, is a face-to-face learning period that will be held in Barcelona, Spain, at the University of Barcelona.
  • The third cycle, from 9 May 2016 to 14 September 2016, 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 joint1st level specialization Master Diploma from the University of Torino and a diploma of “Master proprio” from the University of Barcelona

The tuition fee for each Master Programme is EURO 8000 (Board and Lodging not included).

Candidates who are interested should duly fill-in an on-line application form (you can find it on the web page http://turinschool.itcilo.org) and submit it no later than 21 August 2015.

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

E-mail: worldheritage@itcilo.org, patrimoniohumanidad@itcilo.org or turinschool@itcilo.org