Urban Heritage Strategies course

Urban development and heritage management in port cities

General information

Duration3 weeks
DatesSee below under course components
Tuition feeEUR 3500,-*



IHS application deadline  

29 April 2022

Admissions information

Requirements and application procedure

Course information and questionsadmission@ihs.nl

Abbreviation code

UHS 2022

Course coordinators

Alonso Ayala, David Schelkshorn &  Remco Vermeulen

Jean-Paul Corten

Ana Pereira-Roders & Ilaria Rosetti

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

Course components


Part I

Part II





8 days

8 days


June 8 - June 17, 2022

August 17 – August 26, 2022


64 hours

64 hours


8 hours

8 hours


Lectures, discussions, assignments

Field excursions, symposium, group work


This Urban Heritage and Strategies short course consists of two parts. Part I is offered remotely (online) in June 2022. Part II is scheduled to take place on campus in the Netherlands in August 2022 (depending on COVID-19 measures).

The current course is tailored to four port-cities: Casablanca (Morocco), Alexandria (Egypt), Istanbul (Turkey) and Amsterdam (Netherlands). As a course participant, you should either work in or have profound knowledge of the selected cities for this course.

Morocco, Egypt and Turkey have a partnership on heritage conservation with the Netherlands. For that reason, the Dutch government provides a full tuition fee waiver for selected applicants of this course, as well as for selected applicants from the Netherlands. Admitted candidates will receive additional information on how to apply for the waiver. 

UHS post-graduate diploma is obtained after successful completion of part I and part II.

In cities around the world, built heritage is under pressure from either over-or under development. Meanwhile, we may observe that heritage plays an increasingly important role in the present-day city. It reflects an image of the city, reveals stories about its past and gives character and human scale to the city. If managed properly, heritage can effectively contribute to urban quality and serve as a vital asset for future development.

This year’s course is tailored to port cities and water challenges. Especially port cities face the daily tension between the urge to develop and the need for conservation. How can heritage be positioned to accommodate current societal needs? Meanwhile, in port cities, the different water challenges come together: where changing rainwater patterns interfere with fluctuating river flows and sea-level rise; and where issues of flooding meet with issues of drought. How do water challenges and heritage management relate, and how can they support each other?

Urban Heritage Strategies (UHS) aim to develop a better understanding of the complex relationship between urban development and heritage management. UHS develops your capacity in terms of cognitive knowledge and practical skills to perform the management of historic urban cores. It also stimulates the exchange of experience with your fellow participants and encourages you to expand your professional network.

How will I learn?

The course is developed by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (part of Erasmus University Rotterdam) in close cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Department of Architectural Engineering of Delft University of Technology. The curriculum draws upon the knowledge of both academic institutes and the expertise of the governmental department.

The short course on Urban Heritage Strategies consists of two parts.

Part I (online)

Part I is offered remotely and consists of online activities, including lectures and discussions, group work and individual self-study components as well as individual and group assignments. Throughout the whole course, you work in city groups. The online course has a duration of eight days and takes place between Wednesday 8 and Friday 17 June 2022.

You will apply the obtained knowledge by means of individual and/or group assignments, which will be assessed individually and/or by means of presentations.

Part II (face-to-face)

Part II builds upon the lessons learned during the online course (Part I) and will be conducted in a face-to-face setting in the Netherlands for the duration of eight days. It takes place between Wednesday 17 and Friday 26 August 2022. The content of the training is tailored around a case study approach. For that reason, you and your city group will be requested to draft a city profile of your case study area in between the first and second parts of the course. The city profiles are used as the basis for the group work in part II, following the steps of the Strategic Action Planning Method. Besides that, field excursions and exchanges with leading experts in the field will take place during this part.

What will I learn?

The overall learning objectives which guide Part I and Part II of the course are:

  • Cognitive knowledge on ‘integrated conservation' in the context of port cities

  • Applicable skills (Assessing tools for the preparation of a strategic plan in the context of port cities)
  • Besides that, participants started to build and expand their professional networks by means of group work and peer learning.

Throughout the course (Part I and II), you will critically reflect on which strategies work in which contexts and the reasons behind it.

Part I (online)

Part I of Urban Heritage Strategies (UHS) aims to develop a better understanding of the complex relationship between urban development and heritage management. The online course covers the holistic context of the historic port city in its economic, social and environmental dimensions. Besides, it looks into the management, planning and governance of the historic port city. In this way, urban management tools will be brought into relation with heritage conservation and vice versa. You will learn about the potentials, challenges, and risks the port cities face. At the end of Part I of UHS you will be able to explain how different urban disciplines interact with heritage conservation. You will get to know specific urban heritage conservation approaches, like the Historic Urban Landscape Approach, and learn about Heritage Impact Assessment tools.

Part II (face-to-face)

In Part II you will refresh and apply the gained knowledge of the first part of the course. Based on the city profile you drafted for your case study, you will be guided to develop a strategic action plan. This means that you will learn to critically reflect on and apply urban heritage strategies to your own practice which involves the consideration of different perspectives of related disciplines to your local case. By the end of Part II, you will have a draft version of a strategic action plan for your port city which may be used as a base for a future policy for your city.

Am I suitable for this training course? 

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

In addition to that, you should either work in or have profound knowledge of the selected World Heritage cities.

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.

  • Port cities
  • Historic Urban Landscape Approach
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Heritage Impact Assessment
  • Urban planning and governance
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Local economics
  • Gentrification
  • Adaptive reuse

How to apply

For questions regarding the application procedure and admission requirements, visit our dedicated information page


If you are still searching for a sponsor, have a look at our section on available funding opportunities.

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