The program has been developed in collaboration with Graduate Program in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, METU and Design and Culture Section, Design Department, Politecnico di Milano and will be conducted by Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Department of Architecture in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture, METU and Design Department Politecnico di Milano. Due to the agreement among the abovementioned parties, the Faculty staff of the Graduate Program in Conservation of Cultural Heritage in METU will contribute to the instruction in this program, by taking the teaching responsibilities in some courses and organizing joint workshops for the students of two respective graduate programs in collaboration. Similarly, the Faculty staff of Design and Culture Section in Design Department of Politecnico di Milano will contribute to the education in MS in Cultural Heritage Studies in EMU.
In the last century, rapid development and growth, the two most featured concepts, have been attempted to be balanced by preservation of cultural values and cultural identity. Conservation of cultural heritage buildings and sites became one of the challenges of this endeavor.
The main objectives of the MS in Cultural Heritage Studies in EMU is to provide a postgraduate education in ‘Cultural Heritage Studies’, which is one of the most featured topics in Architecture in recent decades, as an interdisciplinary field. Students, who will be enrolled in this program will be able to accomplish advanced studies in various research subjects under ‘Cultural Heritage’, jointly with other fields like ‘tourism’, ‘economy’, ‘planning’, ‘sustainability’, ‘management’, ‘archaeology’ etc.
The variety of the academic backgrounds of enrolled students (Architecture, Interior Architecture, Building Science, Landscape Architecture, City Planning, and Urban Design, Archaeology) will also contribute to the interdisciplinary framework of MS in Cultural Heritage Studies Program. Students will be encouraged to pursue their studies in an interdisciplinary manner, upon their academic backgrounds.
Due to the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of this cultural heritage studies, the graduates of this program will be able to work in different fields and institutions, such as governmental bodies, NGO’s and private sector that are involved in cultural heritage conservation.
With its interdisciplinary and flexible framework, the MSCH Program in EMU make a difference, as one of the modern approaches in the field of cultural heritage studies, by training students from different countries. Both comparative studies and academic cooperation will be encouraged by the program.