UNESCO recognizes that culture has a major impact on reducing poverty and contributes to development, which is primarily human, inclusive and fair. Similarly, the ILO acknowledges the potential of cultural activities to provide significant business and employment opportunities and generate opportunities for decent work for men and women around the world.

The international Master in “World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development” focuses on culture and heritage managers’ and practitioners’ needs. It’s a one year programme with 4 months of face-to-face learning activities taking place in Turin/Italy, and two distance-learning modules. Click here for more info.


The Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development aims, through a multidisciplinary approach, to impart necessary skills in management of cultural resources, design and implementation of cultural projects, and promotion of World Heritage Sites and other UNESCO designations.

The course combines essential knowledge of cultural economics and cultural policies with the competencies needed to design projects in the cultural field. The programme explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that rule the diverse UNESCO Conventions (World Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Diversity of Cultural Expressions) and programs (eg: Creative Cities, Man and Biosphere, Global Geoparks, Memories of the World).

The Master focuses on developing 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.


The Master, founded in 2003 by professor Walter Santagata, is designed by the University of Turin, the Politecnico di Torino, and the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), in collaboration with UNESCO, ICCROM,  and other international leading partners, including the University Paris 1 Sorbonne Pantheon and the Macquarie University of Sydney. The Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture acts as a scientific-technical focal point in the delivery of the Master.


The programme targets professionals and/or officials in public and private sectors, UN Agencies, foundations and NGOs; operators involved or interested in designing and managing cultural development projects; recent university graduates from developing and developed countries; people working or interested in World Heritage Sites, as well as other UNESCO Conventions and programmes. More than 300 professionals from all the world regions graduated in this course during the past years, most of then being currently involved in relevant positions in cultural institutions or projects.

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