Urban Heritage Strategies
Urban development and heritage management

Urban Heritage Strategies course


 2 weeks


19 August – 30 August 2019

Tuition Fee

 € 2,500*



Deadline for OKP/MSP applicants (to apply for the course)

28 February 2019

IHS application deadline  EU/EEA: 1 June 2019/non-EU/EEA: 1 June 2019

Admissions information

Requirements and application procedure

OKP information

Procedure and deadlines

Course information and questionsadmission@ihs.nl

Abbreviation code

UHS 2019

Course coordinator

Alonso Ayala, Jean-Paul Corten  and  Remco Vermeulen

* Please note that for EU participants, the VAT of 21% will apply. The tuition fee stated above is excluding the VAT.

Note: This year’s course is tailored to four countries: South Africa, Brazil, the United States of America and the Netherlands. These countries partner in knowledge exchange on heritage conservation. For that reason, the Dutch government provides a full tuition fee waiver for selected applicants from Brazil and the United States of America, and a partial waiver for selected applicants from the Netherlands. Candidates from Brazil are also eligible for financial support for travel. Admitted candidates will receive additional information on how to apply for the waiver as conditions differ per country. Candidates from South Africa are welcome to make use of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is a full scholarship opportunity.

Nevertheless, all interested candidates are welcome to apply for the course. 

In cities all around the world built heritage is under pressure from economic growth, urbanisation, exploding populations, increasing density and climate change. Heritage plays an important role in the city. It reflects an image of the city, reveals stories about its past and gives character and human scale to the city. If understood and managed properly heritage can effectively contribute to the overall quality of urban areas and serve as a vital asset and vector for future urban investments.

Urban Heritage Strategies (UHS) aims to develop a better understanding of the complex relationship between urban development and heritage management. The courses are developed by IHS in close cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. The curriculum draws upon the different IHS specialisations and the knowledge of experts of the Cultural Heritage Agency. UHS develops the capacity of participants in terms of knowledge and skills to perform urban management of heritage strategies for inner-city areas as well as having exchanged expertise and experience with fellow participants.

What will I learn?

You will develop your capacity in terms of cognitive knowledge and interactive skills to perform management of urban heritage, as well as having exchanged expertise and experience with fellow participants. As a participant, you are expected to be able to critically reflect on and apply urban heritage strategies to their own practice, understand and explain the potential added value of urban heritage conservation for urban management and vice versa, understand and explain how different urban disciplines interact with heritage conservation, apply the different perspectives of related disciplines to a local case, apply urban management tools in urban heritage conservation; apply urban heritage conservation tools and approaches to urban management; critically reflect on which strategies work in which situations and why.

How will I learn?

Urban Heritage Strategies employs a blend of theoretical, interactive lectures, Dutch and international case study presentations and field visits. Additionally, participants are engaged in both group work and individual assignments. In general, the training tends to have more theory in the mornings, followed by more interactive sessions, workshops, visits or excursions in the afternoons. The content of the training is tailored around a case study approach. During the training, participants will work in small groups on the case study following the steps of the Action Planning Methodology. The outcome of the training is a plan of action for the case study area, which is to include the knowledge gained and skills acquired during the training.

Am I suitable for this training course? 

If you are engaged in urban management or heritage conservation as a government official, working for an NGO, a consultant, an advisor or a lecturer or if you are an academic or researcher in urban heritage management or conservation then this course is right for you. 

Please check our admission requirements to ensure you meet the minimum requirements for the course.

Thematic areas

Typically, but not exclusively, the following thematic areas are covered.

  • Urban heritage management
  • Governance
  • Green cities and infrastructure
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Local economics
  • Urban planning
  • Gentrification
  • Community participation
  • Land development
  • Adaptive reuse

How to apply

Interested in participating in this post-graduate diploma course? Use the ''Apply now'' button below to submit your application using our new, simplified, user-friendly forms. For questions regarding the application procedure and admission requirements, visit our dedicated information page


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