HU-BTU First International Conference on Heritage Conservation and Site Management

Heritage Tourism: Prospects and Challenges
Cairo, 8-11 December 2013

Helwan University and Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus have the great honor to extend this invitation to all the heritage and tourism researchers and stakeholders worldwide to attend the first International Conference on Heritage Conservation and Site Management to be held from the 8th to11th of December 2013 in Helwan University Main Campus, Cairo, Egypt.

Relying on the fame of Egypt as a distinguished tourism destination and its uniqueness as a world-class heritage site, it is our belief that this conference will present an exceptional opportunity for heritage and tourism researchers, officials, investors, planners and others to gather and discuss their hopes and concerns regarding the future of heritage and tourism on an international scale. In this context, the conference will provide an ideal atmosphere to stimulate new ideas, initiate intense discussions about theories and applications, establish communications and foster collaborations between delegates from different public, private entities and relevant researchers as well as enhance the experience of postgraduate students and young researchers. 

Helwan University is a reputed Egyptian University, established in 1975. The origins of the university go back to the 19th century when‚ the ‘Operations Schools’ were first established. The fields of these schools were the basis of many institutes that later on formed Helwan University. Establishing Helwan University was a landmark in the Egyptian higher education as it represents a clear switch from mainly theoretical sciences to more empirical, practical and artistic sciences. Today, the university includes 20 colleges, which host about 110,000 under graduate and post graduate students.

Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus is a young and modern German university with international acclaim in the fields of architecture, engineering and natural sciences. The University’s academic profile is focused on engineering solutions for a sustainable future, which integrate the fields of building, technology and the environment. In 1999, BTU pioneered the field of heritage education through establishing the Master’s programme in World Heritage Studies – the first study programme in the world to design its curriculum around the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and to reflect the diverse approaches to the concept of heritage, such as the links between culture and nature, tangible and intangible values, or conservation and development.

The conference is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions. works on promoting international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty, and also for administrators and others in the higher education realm. DAAD also offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education, providing financial support to over 67,000 individuals per year.

JOINT MASTER’S IN HERITAGE CONSERVATION AND SITE MANAGEMENT
www.tu-cottbus.de/hcsm