New vocational training for intangible cultural heritage to launch in March
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    New vocational training for intangible cultural heritage to launch in March

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    The universities of Liege and Namur have joined forces to offer a new training programme in Management of Intangible Cultural Heritage, they revealed on Friday. This is a first for the Federation of Wallonia-Brussels, and aims to teach students how to secure, share and make the most of this heritage. From March, higher education graduates (or people with at least 5 years of relevant work experience) will be able to follow an inter-university programme in Management of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

    The course is structured around 5 modules (territorial and historical aspects, social cohesion, museum studies, methodology, and economic, legal and socio-historical issues) and will be taught by approximately 20 professors.

    The universities of Liege and Namur are working together to offer this course for the first time in Wallonia-Brussels, but which is already running in Flanders, in France, and in other countries, in particular in Asia.

    According to the definition given by Unesco in 2003, intangible cultural heritage includes oral traditions, performing artssocial practices, rituals,  knowledge and skills.

    The aim of this programme is to help identify this type of heritage and understand its social and cultural value. According to ULg (university of Liege), projects involving inventories, preservation, collection, sharing or enhancement will be developed, with a view to presenting the identity of a specific place or emphasizing the tourist appeal of a region.

    “When it comes to culture, many professionals have to deal with situations they have difficulty managing because of a lack of adequate theoretical and methodological training,” insists Andre Gob (professor in Museum Studies at ULg and co-director of the new programme) in a press release.

    This course is aimed at historians as well as archaeologists, musicologists, museum and cultural centre employees, curators, etc.

    Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)