Nikola Benin. UNESCO: “Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development”

Nikola Benin, Ph.D


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 (for the English) and, University of Barcelona (for the Spanish edition) and the International Training Centre of the 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 in becoming cultural entrepreneurs and promoters of local development, income generation, 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 16 October 2017 and consists of three major learning cycles:

  • The first cycle will be conducted through a distance learning component that will start on 16 October 2017 and will end on 19 January 2018;
  • The second cycle, from 22 January 2018 to 18 May 2018, 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 2018 to 12 October 2018, will be a research and study period during which the students are expected to finalize their final project.


Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a joint 1st 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 16 October 2017 to 28 September 2018 and consists of three major learning cycles.

  • The first cycle will be conducted through a distance learning component that will start on 16 October 2017 and will end on 15 December 2017
  • The second cycle, from 15 January 2018 to 27 April 2018, is a face-to-face learning period that will be held in Barcelona, Spain, at the University of Barcelona.
  • The third cycle will be a research and study period during which the students may attend internships activities and are expected to finalize their final project. (from 7 May to 14 September 2018).

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a joint 1st 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 8400.

The interested candidates should fill-in an on-line application form (available on the web page and submit it no later than 25 August 2017.

For further information about the Master programmes, 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

E-mail: or

Nikola Benin. Eurocultura. OPEN DAY

Nukola Benin, Ph.D

Interaction of colleagues

OPEN DAY 09th – 10th November 2017

Dear colleagues,
autumn is faraway, but this is the right time to schedule the agenda and save the date for Italy! Eurocultura works in Vicenza as hosting organization, both for learners and staff.


  • for almost 20 years we have been organizing successful traineeship programs in the framework of European initiatives such as LLP, ESF and now Erasmus+. Each year we welcome more than 250 trainees from all over Europe
  • since 2010 we have been organizing training courses in specific professional sectors hosting yearly around 100 European experts


If you want to add Italy as destination for your trainees, or if you want to organize a course for your staff come and visit us! On 09th and 10th November 2017 we open the doors and we are pleased to invite you to our Open Day!


Here you can find the agenda and here the registration form.

Eurocultura will be glad to host you for program, lunches and social dinner.

We remind you that these visits can be granted by Erasmus+ program. Contact your National Agency for further information. If you are interested in participating, we will be happy to send you further information about travel and accomodation.

Hoping to see you soon in Vicenza!

Truly yours,

Luciana Levi Bettin

Nikola Benin. A Survey of the Field project

Nikola Benin, PhD


Recent years have seen a dramatic upsurge in publicly engaged humanities projects at higher education institutions across America.

In Indiana, students and scholars at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis work alongside volunteers from the Ransom Place Neighborhood Association to explore the history of a predominantly African American community through archaeological excavations, oral historical research, and public interpretation.

In Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Breath of Life, Silent No More Workshop brings together members of the indigenous community with faculty and students from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Arlington to develop communities’ capacities for language revitalization.

In Mississippi, faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, a chapter of the NAACP, and Hattiesburg (MS) High School collaborate on Front of the Bus­—an innovative curriculum on civil rights history for at-risk students.

Despite the importance of these initiatives, there is currently no comprehensive study of their extent, depth, and impact.


The Publicly Engaged Humanities: A Survey of the Field

The Publicly Engaged Humanities: A Survey of the Field project will document and present the full range of publicly engaged humanities work that college and university faculty and students have carried out over the past decade. Over 24 months beginning in April 2017, we will collect examples of this work and design and build a visually rich website that features representative project profiles and synthetic claims about the state of the field.

This systematic survey will serve at least two important purposes. First, by providing both a state of the field and concrete examples of projects that have had important impact, a systematic survey will support the efforts of humanists who are interested in embarking on or deepening their own publicly engaged work. Second, a systematic survey of the current landscape will serve as a resource to advocate for the relevance and significance of the humanities in addressing society’s pressing concerns. When viewed as a coherent whole rather than as atomized anecdotes, the programs and projects that we will survey will provide a compelling articulation of what the humanities are and what they do for society.

Nikola Benin. Horizon 2020 in Migration

Nikola Benin. Ph.D


Learn More About Horizon 2020 Opportunities for Research on Migration!

26-09-2017, 13:45–17:30 in Bern

Registration fee: free

Migration is perceived as one of the main challenges for Europe. Therefore, the European Commission has decided to strengthen research on migrants and refugees. This is reflected in the calls of the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 for the next three years.

This event will inform you about future research opportunities for migration within the European Framework Programme Horizon 2020. The focus is on collaborative projects in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities.

EU Brokerage Event on KET

Nikola Benin, PhD


Tuesday, 17th October 2017

at the Maison de la Région, Strasbourg, France

Focus on (*) Key Enabling Technologies – KETs
Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials, Biotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP)


Open innovation hubs, Open science, Open to the world are the 3 main pillars of the next period. Breakthrough innovations, Advanced and disruptive technologies will be the priorities based on 3 major technological axes : Fundations for tomorrow’s industry, Industrial sustainability, Transforming European industry.

SMEs, Company R&D Staff, Research Laboratories, Scientists, Universities, Scientific Institutions, actors of the fourth industrial revolution, energy, climate action and circular economy, register and participate to the event.


Nikola Benin. 2017 WISE Summit

Nikola Benin, PhD




The global biennial WISE Summit is back in Doha! Join us November 14-16, 2017 for a fresh, intensive three-day learning and networking experience with the theme “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”.

  • Access top-end knowledge on the latest innovation, research, reforms and trends
  • Share your best practices and insight with international influencers
  • Organize your own networking sessions with key strategic partners and funders
  • Connect with global leaders & practitioners from Qatar and MENA


Partnership is the new leadership – UNESCO and Makhzoumi Foundation in Lebanon

Nikola Benin, PhD



Taking a longstanding collaboration to a new level, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova signed a partnership agreement with the Lebanon-based Makhzoumi Foundation on 19 July 2017 that will encompass projects on civic engagement, cultural sustainability, climate change education and the prevention of violent extremism.

Affirming that “partnership is the new leadership” required to face the complexity of present-day challenges, Irina Bokova praised the Makhzoumi Foundation, founded 20 years ago in the aftermath of Lebanon’s civil war, for its work to overcome divides, provide youth with opportunities and promote tolerance. The Foundation is active throughout Lebanon in the areas of education and professional training, health care, sustainable development and humanitarian aid. Today, she said, new circumstances in the context of the humanitarian crisis and the rise of violent extremism make these initiatives all the more important.  “You are working in a very diversified manner in a region under enormous pressure,” she said, noting that “the scope of the Foundation’s interventions is the best response to violent extremism, one of the greatest dangers we face today, one that knows no borders.”  She recalled that Ms Makzhoumi had received an award in New York in 2016 for the Foundation’s humanitarian initiatives, in the context of the global campaign against violent extremism.

Ms May Makhzoumi, President of the Foundation, emphasized the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 17 on partnerships, agreeing that  “without this, we cannot move forward.” She  expressed appreciation for UNESCO’s global role in tackling wide-ranging issues, in particular to protect cultural heritage under attack. A member of the jury of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development, she drew special attention to initiatives in Lebanon to integrate environmental education and knowledge about alternative energies into curricula, carried out in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Bureau in Beirut.

The Makhzoumi Foundation has been working with UNESCO’s Regional Bureau on projects relating to Education for Sustainable Development, the preservation of cultural heritage, volunteering and training for refugees and hosting communities. Earlier this month, UNESCO and the Foundation collaborated on a regional training workshop for youth volunteerism in the Arab Region, focusing on civic protection and cultural heritage to build social cohesion, historical awareness and a sense of shared belonging.

UNESCO and the Foundation will now take forward the partnership agreement through the development of specific projects.