The Urban Heritage Strategies course has gone blended learning due to COVID-19

Applications are open until 30 June 2020

The Urban Heritage Strategies short course offered by IHS was initially intended to run in July 2020. However, due to COVID-19, like many other universities across the globe, here at IHS we also had to swiftly adapt to this new reality. We're happy to share that the special Urban Heritage Strategies edition on World Heritage Cities will take place in a hybrid form. We've split the course in two parts - Part 1 (2020) online and Part 2 (2021) on-site. 

Part 1: Online (August 3 - August 14, 2020) 

Part 1 consists of online activities - interactive lectures & discussions, group work & individual self-study assignments. Some of the learning objectives of this part are:

  • Cognitive knowledge on ‘integrated conservation’ 
  • Applicable skills (preparation of a strategic plan)
  • Buliding of professional networks

Part 2: In The Netherlands (August 2 – August 6, 2021)

Part 2 builds upon the lessons learned during the online course and takes place in a face-to-face setting in the Netherlands. The content is tailored around a case study approach -participants get to work on their World Heritage City, following the steps of the Strategic Planning Methodology. Besides that, they get to participate in field excursions and a symposium with leading experts in the field.

Content, admissions requirements & deadlines

This year the course is tailored to three UNESCO World Heritage Cities: Willemstad (Curaçao), Paramaribo (Suriname)Salvador da Bahia (Brazil) and Sawahlunto (Indonesia). The course participants should either work in or have profound knowledge of the selected cities for this course and should apply for the course before the application deadline - 30 June 2020. To learn more about the admission requirements, click here. 


The countries, in which the cities are located, 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. Admitted candidates will receive additional information on how to apply for the waiver (please not that travel, living and housing costs for the duration of the course need to be covered by a participant).

More information

Are you interested in learning more about this course? Read more about the content, admission criteria and application procedure here. 

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