Become a Cultural Heritage Entrepreneur!


Cultural activities are major contributors to national development, job creation and social cohesion.


This is the vision inspiring the Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development since its first edition in 2002. A vision now fully embraced by UNESCO, which indicates both heritage and creativity as the foundations for vibrant, innovative and prosperous knowledge societies. Within the discussion on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO has been recently engaged in supporting the full recognition of the role of Culture as an enabler and a driver of Sustainable Development. Similarly, the ILO recognises the role of cultural activities in generating opportunities for decent work.


Within this context, the Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims to impart the necessary competencies and skills to participants in the promotion of World Heritage Sites and other UNESCO designations, as well as of any cultural resource in the framework of sustainable economic development. The elaboration of economically sound projects, designed around a wide spectrum of cultural activities in the fields of natural and cultural heritage, cultural and creative industries, and tourism, are the focus of the course.


The Programme provides a solid foundation in a variety of cultural economics topics and explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse UNESCO Conventions (World Heritage, Intangible, Diversity of Cultural Expressions). The Programme also puts emphasis on strategic management competencies for the promotion of cultural resources.


The Master is designed by the University of Turin, the Politecnico di Torino, and  the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), in collaboration with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and ICCROM, (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) The University Paris 1 Sorbonne–Pantheon and the Macquarie University of Sydney - Australia, two top universities in the international panorama, are academic partners of the Master. .


The Centro Studi Silvia Santagata-Ebla, a research centre created by professor Walter Santagata, who  founded the Master on World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development, acts as a technical focal point between all the universities and institutions involved in the Master. CSS-Ebla is also supporting the establishment in Turin of an international training and research UNESCO category 2 Centre on the Economics of Culture and World Heritage Studies (ITRECH). 



Deadline for application is now fixed on 18 August 2014.

To submit your application please follow this link.

NEWS: from the 2013-14 edition the master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development will also be delivered in Spanish (Master en Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo) in partnership with the University of Barcelona.


NEWS: Wednesday 12th March the students of the masters in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development (Turin) and Patrimonio Mundial y Proyectos Culturales para el Desarrollo (Barcelona) visited the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris meeting with Bandarin (Assistant Director-General for Culture), various officers from World Heritage Centre and Culture Sector.

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