[HERITAGE: BEYOND WALLS] aims at establishing an information channel, targeted on Syrian university students in cultural heritage related disciplines, to contribute to improving access to knowledge resources, breaking isolation, encouraging sharing and discussion, and empowering awareness and capacities towards cultural heritage as a resource for recovery, peace building and development.






Syria is one of the countries holding some of the most extraordinary tangible and intangible cultural heritage in the world. It is home to 6 UNESCO world heritage sites, 3 elements inscribed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, 1 Biosphere Reserve. Its capital, Damascus is the oldest inhabited capital in the world, being populated since 635 BC.


– Syrian cultural heritage holds an extraordinary potential for economic recovery and social empowerment, and it represents an important resource of development, especially for the younger generations.


– Since almost 10 years, Syria is affected by conflicts and emergencies, and it risks to loose not only it physical and community cultural heritage, but also face restricted possibilities, for people and students in particular, to access to knowledge.


– The limited accessibility to knowledge is going to negatively impacting not juts on the present, but also on the future of the country. It weakens the local human capital and its capacity and readiness to promptly and effectively act for the recovery, also by means of a wise use of the country’s cultural heritage potential.


– The project aims at establishing an information platform offered to Syrian university students in cultural heritage related disciplines. Int he long term, this initiative aims to enhance the capacity of cultural heritage to play an effective role as a contributor for peace, dialogue and durable development processes.


– Syrian university students are severely affected by the consequent isolation and limitation to have access to knowledge opportunities, the effects of which are now stressed also by the Covid-19 emergency.


Download the report of the 1st edition!



[Heritage: Beyond Walls] is a project ideated and promoted by Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture with the collaboration of different cultural institutions and international agencies.


Main partners are: Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale, Museo Egizio, Cittadellarte, RO.ME Museum Exhibition,

In collaboration with: Kermes Journal, SIAT, A&RT.

Fondazione Santagata for the Economics of Culture is an indipendent no-profit research foundation dedicated to the memory of Walter Santagata, pioneering scholar of Culture Economics. Working in Syria, for the Citadel of Damascus, was one of his first international cooperation projects. And to Syria, to the ancient city of Ebla, in particular, he entitled a research centre based initially based at the University of Torino, which constitutes the first nucleus of the current team working for the Foundation. Among our most recent activities, the collaboration to the Master in Cultural Property Protection in Crisis Response and the YES!-Youth Empowerment for Sustainability program.


[TO APPLY] – 1st edition 2021

Participation is free of charge, costs are covered by the organizers and partners. Attendance of minimum 80% of the lectures is required to take part to the challenge and receive the attendance certificate.

Participants to the programme will be selected according to the following requirements:

– be University students in Syria, from cultural heritage related disciplines (eg: Archaeology, Architecture, Fine art, Economics, Communication, etc.)
good knowledge of the English language


The application should be received no later than 20 January 2021! (early applications are welcome and encouraged).

The selection will be by 25 January 2021.

To apply:

fill in the form containing:
• Personal data (Name, Age, University and faculty)
• Brief motivation (max 2500 words) to attend and how this program will benefits their personal and academic development

In alternative, send an email to hbw@fondazionesantagata.it with the following documents (in english):

– Short curriculum vitae (max 1 page)

– Brief motivational letter (max 2500 words)




Download the brochure with the programme.


Welcome message from Alessio Re, coordinator of the programme and Secretary General of Fondazione Santagata.


Click here to watch the full record of the Award Ceremony session.


Find out the winning proposals of the Final Challenge in the 2 videos below.