By: Fekri Hassan, Emeritus Petrie Professor of Archaeology, University College London
As the winds of political change were sweeping the region, bringing in its wake an unprecedented threat to the archaeological heritage of Egypt, a Cultural Heritage Management Program, the first of its kind in Egypt was launched in January 2011. Now more than ever, Egypt is in dire need for professionals who can safeguard its archaeological and cultural legacy against neglect, vandalism, destruction and looting. The program offers a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage Management in partnership with the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. The program qualifies graduates after one year of intensive coursework, internship and thesis research and writing to respond to urgent needs in archaeological site management, cultural tourism, architectural heritage, and heritage for sustainable development.
The Master’s in Cultural Heritage Management, taught in English, is a multidisciplinary program has attracted over the last three years archaeologists, conservators, architects, lawyers, ICT, Media and Communication specialists, sociologists, anthropologists, tourist guides, museum curators among others.
The Master’s degree, in accordance is awarded by the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, qualifying graduates to pursue more advanced degrees in France and elsewhere in Europe.
The program is directed by Professor Fekri Hassan, Emeritus Petrie Professor of Archaeology, University College London, and Prof. Maria Gravari-Barbas, Director of the Institut de Recherche et d’Etudes Supérieures du Tourisme (IREST), UNESCO Chair in Cultural Tourism, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Courses are taught by an outstanding team of Egyptian, French, and international academics and professionals with wide international experience in cultural heritage management, museums, cultural tourism, and heritage economics.
Courses consist of a consecutive series of modules, consisting of lectures, seminars, group activities, field visits, case studies and personal work. Students become acquainted with the history, development and principles of archaeological, cultural and architectural heritage studies, with the construction and mobilization of heritage in social and political affairs, and with methods and messages of heritage in Education. They are provided with professional skills in ICT applications and project management. They are offered specialized courses in site management, cultural landscapes, historical towns, exhibiting and interpreting heritage, museums, cultural and heritage tourism, heritage economics and marketing, and conservation.
The Cultural Heritage Management Program has won awards from UNESCO, United Nation World Tourism Organization, and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism for capacity building. Advantageous for career development, the graduates have a winning chance in being qualified to fellowships and scholarships abroad.
Get more information by checking out the course brochure.
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