From Birmingham to Paris: World Heritage Studies students visit UNESCO HQ

A delegation of international students visited the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris last month to engage in lively debate with specialists on the complexities and challenges of protecting and presenting urban World Heritage. The students attended as part of the Masters Programme in World Heritage Studies at the University of Birmingham’s Ironbridge International Institute.

Course leader of the World Heritage MA at Birmingham, Dr Helle Jorgensen, commented:

We are grateful to the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO for their engagement with the students. We need to encourage open and lively debate on matters of heritage and to raise awareness of the ways in which the work of UNESCO can impact upon a wide variety of policy fields and public discourse”.

The students also attended lectures offered at the Sorbonne covering issues of modernism and the World Heritage List and the management of French World Heritage Sites. The students also had the opportunity to meet and exchange details with their counterparts who are studying a similar course at the Sorbonne.

For further information on the MA World Heritage Studies, Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham, please contact: H.Jorgensen@bham.ac.uk