Mapping the cooperation of universities and local partners aimed at educational and social exploration of European Cultural Heritage
Its aim is to diagnose how various communities perceive the university and its involvement in shaping social life and in solving problems of local communities. At the same time, the report will show actual cooperation and links between universities and social actors, and in particular with cultural institutions involved in the promotion and protection of ECH, and with institutions working for the social inclusion of underrepresented groups.
The Consortium will create an innovative tool for mapping the cooperation system and networking model between the university and its socio-economic environment, which will be used in the EU_CUL project and made available for others interested actors. The content of the reports will be the result of exploratory research carried out with the use of tools developed jointly by the consortium.
The report will be of a comparative nature, respecting the socio-cultural differences between the Partners (including the specificity of local use of cultural heritage). The research will be conducted in various communities, i.e. universities (academic staff), managers at cultural institutions of great significance for their local community, educators and animators of social life as well as local artists and politicians. The study of diverse communities will allow for a fairly complete identification of barriers to cooperation and building links between the university and its immediate socio-economic environment. The report will also focus on indicating examples of the use of ECH in relations between universities and various communities. Achieving Output 01 will directly affect the deeper development of Output 03 (recommendation) and the effective conduct of training visits.
Best practices guidelines in Cultural Heritage management
The catalog of best practice guidelines will be developed by all project Partners and will showcase innovative and efficient solutions regarding management of cultural heritage, project, grassroot initiatives and actions, local, national or European undertakings in the Partners’ countries, based on cooperation among various institutions, including higher education units. Local cultural institutions and local governments, cooperating with universities, will also take an active part. The presented practices will also point to the actual and potential areas for applying the described solutions to important social issues, inclusion, increase of public participation, working with marginalized groups or groups at risk of social exclusion.
The output will be strengthened by the training activities.
Booklet of recommendations for cultural institutions and local governments
Based on international experience Output 01 and participation in Short Training Events, the Consortium will create recommendations for local groups, organizations and institutions managing cultural heritage. The innovative nature of the recommendation consists in convincing social partners to actively build communication with the university based on local (and European) cultural heritage and providing appropriate instruments for these activities. The goal of the recommendation titled “Together for Cultural Heritage” is to provide various communities with the know-how on (i) the role of the university in the development of its immediate environment, (ii) ways to use the university’s culture-creating potential, (iii) communication channels between local institutions and the university, (iv) overcoming barriers between universities and communities, (v) involving academic communities in solving local problems; and (vi) common (i.e. of universities and social partners) strategies for discovering and exploring the European Cultural Heritage. Recommendations for social partners are to strengthen and disseminate the social responsibility of the university towards its immediate environment. These will be instructional for employers, entrepreneurs, artists, educators and managers of local cultural institutions.
Output 03 will have a significant impact on Output 04, where the training will be based on dual model, which means planning internships, study visits at institutions within social environment. At the same time, the recommendations will be, among others, the theme of local workshops carried out by all partners.
Educational potential of European Cultural Heritage – a course curriculum
All the Partners will develop an innovative, interdisciplinary, cross-sector academic course curriculum “Educational potential of European Heritage”, with 15 ECTS, that will enrich the educational offer of all the universities participating as Partners in the project. The course then may be offered as an elective program module for the first and second degree studies, in the field of humanities and social sciences or also as an open course designed for employed persons wishing to enrich their competencies.
Due to the fact that the course will focus on ECH issues and the fact that it will be written in English, the course may extend the educational offer addressed to foreign students visiting the Partners’ universities within the mobility and Erasmus framework. It will thereby reinforce the European dimension of teaching and internationalization of this university. The course will be based on innovative educational materials developed by Partners during their research in best practices for promoting cultural heritage in Europe, and also it will emphasize employing the educational potential of ECH and improving the skills of cooperating with social partners. As the European Year of Cultural Heritage is rolling, taking advantage of the intensified interest in ECH issues will be also an important element in the creation of educational resources of the program. In particular, initiatives bearing the label of the European Year of Cultural Heritage will be promoted and explored at their educational angle, in order to strengthen the European dimension of teaching.
The dual structure of the course will be accentuated by engaging practitioners/nonacademic stakeholders, who will cooperate with researchers in order to identify and recognize best practices for promoting ECH. These practitioners will be involved also in designing a tool to verify results of teaching, overseeing the concept of students’ examination paper that consists in designing an educational activity to explore and promote ECH in cooperation with a local cultural institution, on the basis of an analysis of local social needs .