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Network for Post Graduate Masters in Cultural Heritage and Tourism Management in Balkan Countries
Start date: Oct 15, 2011,

The projects aims at creating a university network for Post Graduate Masters in Cultural Heritage and Tourism Management, starting also two Pilot Master Courses, one in Albania and one in Kosovo. Local institutions in the PC have in fact expressed their need to enhance cultural tourism in their countries as important element of cultural and sustainable economic growth; a result this also arises the demand for a professional figure with the skills and the proficiences needed to work in this field.This aims will be pursued by reviewing and reforming the actual curricula of the PC with the Bologna Process guidelines and creating and implementing two master pilot courses (in Shkodra and Pritzen Universities). During the project many agreements with local institutions and enterprises will be established, in order to create stages where the students can apply what they have learnt and help them enter in the labour market. The project will also provide teachers and administration training thanks to the experience and the shared knowledge of the EU partners. The number of EU Partners is dued to the fact that they cover all the interdisciplinary aspects of the project. Teachers and students will also take advantage of short periods of study and stages in the EU partner countries. There will be set quality assurance standards for the master degree. The master pilot will be evaluated and then improved and implemented in the other PC, together with tutoring work to help the sustainability of the project. The dissemination activities will include opening conferences, short term and medium term workshops on partial results, a website and publications on the final results. The publications will work as guideline for cultural tourism development, giving the PC the cultural bases for heritage management policies and will contribute to the development of asustainable tourism-based economy.

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