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Participant’s Profile

The programme is intended for:

Officials and/or professionals in the public and private sectors, 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 sites and related research. The essential requirements for admission are a university degree (minimum required three years University Degree) as well as fluency in the English language.


Interested candidates should duly complete the application form and submit it on-line, through the Master website There are two deadlines for submitting applications. There is an early bird deadline of 3 June 2012, and a final deadline of 2 September 2012. Applicants are welcome even from women and men who are unable to pay the full tuition fee.

Tuition fees and availability of scholarships

The Tuition fee for the 2012-13 edition of the Master is 8000 Euro. A range of partial scholarships will be available for eligible applicants. Partial tuition scholarships will be offered in the following categories: 25%, 50%, 75% and, exceptionally, 85%. Criteria for awarding fellowships include personal financial situation, professional profile, capacity to implement a project and relevance for the course. Preference will be given to applicants for scholarships from low income countries.

Board and lodging

The cost of board and lodging on campus of the ILO Turin centre for 16 weeks is 5800 Euro. Exceptionally, some scholarships for board and lodging will be made available to applicants from low income countries. Alternatively, students of the Master may make their own accommodation arrangements, at their own expense, off campus in Turin.

The ILO Turin Centre’s facilities

The Turin School of Development is located in Turin, the city of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, where baroque buildings, historic cafes, markets, beautiful piazzas and museums stand

close to modern architecture and innovation. The campus provides

a congenial environment in which to live and study. It contains

21 pavilions with fully equipped modern classrooms, conference

halls and meeting rooms fitted out for multilingual simultaneous interpretation, a computer laboratory, and a computerized documentation centre linked to various data banks.

The campus has 210 single fully serviced study/bedrooms,

66 double bedrooms and 12 suites, each with private bathroom,

telephone, 24h free internet access and flat screen television

It also has:

• a reception desk open 24 hours a day

• a restaurant, a self-service

• canteen and a coffee lounge, all catering for international dietary needs

• a bank

• a travel agency

• a laundry service

• a post office

• two gyms

• facilities for outdoor sports (football and tennis)

• a medical service

Social events are regularly held both on and off campus, so that participants from different cultural backgrounds can make the most of the stimulating international climate.

For further information and any request please contact us at

e mail: phone: +39 011 6936945

phone: +39 011 6936945 Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for
phone: +39 011 6936945 Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for

Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development

Turin, Italy

Photos on the cover page : ©UNESCO / Pascal Maître - ©UNESCO / Michel Ravassard - ©UNESCO / Miura cover design Luca Fiore-


Culture is our legacy from the past, our current capital, and will be our legacy for future generations. It is our social and natural imprint, which characterizes our lives, our cities and our nations. Cultural goods and services, in whatever form they are expressed, will play an ever-increasing role as a development and job creation tool. The UNESCO 1972 World Heritage Convention, together with the more recent ones concerning Intangible heritage (2003) and Cultural diversity (2005) represent the most significant and successful cultural and social policies in support of preservation and promotion of Cultural Heritage. Based on these strategic goals supported by UNESCO and the sustainable local development approach, there is a need for training those who are concerned with the day-to-day management of cultural activities and historic places and the production of cultural goods and services.

Academic and professional partner institutions

The master is designed by the University of Turin, the Politecnico di Torino (a technical university) and the Turin School of Development In collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, whose direct participation in the implementation of the Master is an important added value for participants. ICCROM, an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage, SiTI, a non-profit association that produces research oriented towards innovation and socio-economic growth, and the Italian Ministry of Culture are associated with this initiative in their respective areas of expertise. Other partners of the Master Course are the University Paris 1 Sorbonne-Pantheon, the Macquarie University of Sydney- Australia, two top universities in the international panorama, and the new Turin based UNESCO Research Centre on Cultural Economics and World Heritage.


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. The Master has some special features Firstly, students work on the preparation of a project, which they are encouraged to implement upon completing the course; secondly, the course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject, covering theory and practice in cultural economics, the international framework governing cultural patrimony, local development, cultural value chains and project design.


The Master has a strong international faculty including Professor Santagata from University of Turin, Professor David Throsby from Macquarie University, Professor Allen Scott from UCLA, Professor Andy Pratt from Kings College, Professor Françoise Benhamou from University Paris III, Professor Xavier Greffe from University Paris I-Sorbonne, and Professor Anheier from Heidelberg University. Officials from UNESCO, the World Bank and the ILO also teach on the Master.


The Master is divided into three major learning cycles. The first cycle consists of distance learning modules supported by a tutoring service. The second cycle is a face-to-face learning period that will be held in Turin, Italy, at the International Training Centre of the ILO. The third cycle is a research and study period during which the students may attend internships and are expected to finalize their final projects.

MODULE 1- Distance learning

The introductory distance learning phase of the course lasts 10 weeks and is tutor-assisted. It includes two foundation modules on Cultural Heritage and Economic Development and the World Heritage System and Heritage Management.

MODULE 2- Culture and Economic Development

This module will introduce the participants to the following topics:

The value chain of cultural and natural sites;

Cultural capital and the theory of sustainable development;

The role of culture in local development;

Cultural and natural districts, property rights and sustainable economic development;

Governance and cultural policies in cultural/creative industries;

Micro enterprises, local entrepreneurship and micro finance;

Gender-related economics; International organizations and cultural projects;

Culture and natural resources as a strategic engines for local development.

MODULE 3 - Project Management in the Cultural Field

This module is intended to upgrade participants’

competences in the disciplines of project cycle design


Ample opportunity will be given to the

participants to practice the development of the project logical framework and project appraisal techniques. The role

of international development agencies in promoting cultural initiatives will be explored, including their respective procurement guidelines and project supervision procedures.

MODULE 4 - Cultural Sectors and Creative Industries

This module investigates the main cultural sectors that come into play in cultural policies, namely:

Management of museums;

monuments and archaeological sites;

Performing arts;

Creative and Cultural industries;

Economics of cultural tourism;

National Parks and Protected areas.

Particular attention will be devoted to the role of International Agencies that deal with cultural programmes including the presentation of the relevant UNESCO Conventions

MODULE 5 - Tools for Strategic Planning and Evaluation

This module explores the tools needed for planning, management and evaluation of cultural resources, focusing on:

Management Tools.

Strategic Assessment and Monitoring.

MODULE 6 – Home research and study

This module will allow the students to further elaborate on their projects’ plans and prepare their final dissertation