Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development
With special focus on the best practices of cultural heritage management in the Visegrad countries

With special focus on the best practices of cultural heritage management in the Visegrad countries

Project supported by the International Visegrad Fund
Visegrad University Studies Grant (No 61100018)


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The Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES) Foundation in Kőszeg and the Corvinus University of Budapest invite students to apply for the Cultural Heritage Management & Sustainable Development (CHMSD) Postgraduate Program of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability at ISES in Kőszeg. The focus of the two-year course starting on September 30, 2013 is Best practices of cultural heritage management in the Visegrad countries.

The UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability, established at ISES in 2011, aims at expanding a new interdisciplinary approach to cultural heritage management, with a special focus on integrating urban and regional development with ecological and environmental considerations. One of the main objectives of the UNESCO Chair is to constitute a pole for the collection, production and dissemination of new knowledge, research results, ideas and best practices regarding cultural heritage management and sustainability. In the process, it seeks to involve new partners such as the private sector, local and regional authorities and civil society organizations, and to contribute to the emergence of international networks, gathering institutions with similar objectives.

The program:
Cultural Heritage Management & Sustainable Development

Postgraduate Program

This unique and innovative program trains future professionals who possess and combine the skills and knowledge to manage, preserve and protect cultural heritage in order to contribute to the sustainability of local and regional societies for present and future generations.

The fields of study include methodologies for cultural heritage assessment and management, protection and revitalization of historical towns and regions,  the role of creative cities in revitalizing regional economies by managing cultural heritage in innovative ways,  tools and practices serving sustainable conservation, modern architecture as heritage, management of change in historic environments, promotion of cultural heritage, economic valuation of cultural heritage, management of intangible cultural heritage, cultural heritage and tradition. The program has a strong practical component involving students in regional cultural heritage projects. 

The course:
Best practices of cultural heritage management in the Visegrad countries

Starting from the 2013/2014 academic year, the program will include a new specialization on Best practices of cultural heritage management in the Visegrad countries, with a view to East Central and Southeast Europe. The specialized course program is supported by the International Visegrad Fund (Visegrad University Studies Grant).

The course program is available as a blended training program combining online and offline courses; it amounts to 120 ECTS credits.

Program professors include outstanding heritage professionals, architects, archeologists, sociologists, art historians, managers, urban development experts, economists and cultural diplomats from Europe. 

All courses are in English, therefore strong language skills are required. 
Applicants need to hold a university degree (BA in social sciences, cultural heritage, art history, architecture, landscape urbanism, regional development, tourism, or related fields).

The diploma is issued by the Corvinus University of Budapest.

Lectures are held in small groups that provide more interactive, personal and friendly contact between professors and students. 

ISES offers scholarships for outstanding students. The Institute provides partial scholarships from its own financial resources for the academic year 2013/14, the amount of which depends on the quality of the application package (CV, motivation letter, references) and the students' achievement during the courses. For the second academic year (2014/15), students need to apply for scholarships (e.g. to the International Visegrad Fund and Central European Initiative).


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» Semester schedule, autumn 3013

Course starts on September 30, 2013

Deadline for applications has been extended:
  September 22, 2013 

» Application procedure

The diploma is issued by the 
Corvinus University of Budapest

Three semesters for course work and practice 
on campus and online, plus one semester for
thesis writing and defense

Strong focus on practice!

Tuition fee:
250.000 HUF/semester (3 semesters)
Scholarships available!

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Preliminary list of lecturers and courses:

Cultural Continuum: Using character analysis to inform the management of change in historic environments • Graham Bell

Management: tools and practices serving sustainable conservation and use of Cultural Heritage • Tamás Fejérdy

Methodologies for cultural heritage assessment and management: Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment, Culture Mapping and Sustainable Tourism and Development • János Jelen

The Role of Cultural Heritage in Cultural Tourism Development • Daniela Angelina Jelincic

National places of memory in the Visegrad countries • Csaba Gy. Kiss

From Conservation of Historical Monuments to Integrated Heritage Management in east-Central Europe (The Visegrad Countries and Beyond) • József Laszlovszky

Economic evaluation of natural resources and cultural heritage • Zsuzsanna Marjainé Szerényi and Zsófia Benedek

Sustainable heritage management in municipalities • Katalin Pallai

New Aspects of Conservation Science of the Cultural Heritage • Ion Sandu

Theory and best practices of Cultural Heritage Management in the context of urban planning and design • István Shneller

Promoting Cultural Heritage – the researcher‘s approach • Sélysette Somorjay

Cultural Heritage Management (CHM): an introduction, international context • Gábor Soós

Culture, Tradition, Heritage • Miklós Vörös

Sustainable restoration of built cultural heritage • Miloš Drdácký

Holocaust Memory in Polish Art • Anna Kutaj-Markowska

Sustainable restoration of built cultural heritage • Henrieta Moravcíková

Culture and Transformation • Jacek Purchla

Bohemian Illuminated Manuscripts - Research and Preservation • Milada Studnickova

Protection and Revitalization of Historical Towns • Bogusław Szmygin

Historic City and Sustainable Development • Michal Wisniewski