Partners & Aim
The consortium consists of five universities: University of Lower Silesian - Poland (leader), University of Gothenburg - Sweden, University of Malaga - Spain, Open University of Cyprus - Cyprus, and University of Leiden - the Netherlands.
The aim of the ERASMUS+ project EU_CUL (KA203-051104) is to indicate how higher education can use more effectively the resources of European Cultural Heritage, to promote its educational and social value and to implement its own mission of a socially engaged and responsible institution. The project assumes that the presence and influence of universities on the closest social environment should be strengthened. Cultural Heritage is diverse, but in every dimension, European, regional or local, it can perform functions that integrate communities and include underrepresented groups in the mainstream of social life. Target groups in the project are academic staff, leaders of social enterprises (non-governmental organizations), educators of cultural institutions, employers, managers and decision-makers managing the cultural heritage of the specific region. Teachers, students and citizens of local communities are intended indirect beneficiary of the project.
Dissemination & Impact
The project includes also eleven multiplying events disseminating results in the form of local workshops, open lectures and international conferences as well as five short training activities, organized by each Partner. The impact of the project is ensured by its activities, which consist in cooperation with local associated partners and others that will participate in short training activities, as well as intellectual outputs (such as the academic course curriculum, available to the university, a tool for mapping university and local environment cooperation, open access teaching materials). The long-term impact of the project concerns the change of social attitudes towards the European Cultural Heritage, which explored for educational purposes (formal/non-formal education) and in local policy will reveal its role in building more inclusive communities. The project will raise the awareness of the multifaceted nature and diversity of cultural heritage and will strengthen the university’s presence and its links with the local community.