Krems. Preparatory measures in times of peace help to preserve irreplaceable cultural heritage in the event of armed conflicts or natural disasters. The Danube University Krems has developed a specialised postgraduate Master's programme in 'Cultural Property Protection', which will start in autumn 2016. It offers a scientifically founded and comprehensive grounding in the applied protection of cultural property and monuments.
The programme, which is hosted by the Department for Building and Environment at the Danube University Krems, deals with national and international law, in particular the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, the so-called 1954 Hague Convention and its two Protocols (1954 and 1999). The programme teaches inventorying, museum collection management, architectural and art history, as well as psychological aspects of cultural property protection - a current topic in world affairs due to the destruction of cultural property in the Middle East.
Hands-on emergency exercises
In the practice-oriented part of the programme, participants prepare basic material for possible operations, assess hazard scenarios, use the Tactical Management Procedure as a standardised tool and prepare real emergency plans for small and medium-sized museums and depots. These emergency plans will be tested in simulation exercises with various emergency response organisations.
The programme 'Cultural Property Protection' is aimed at museum staff, members of emergency services, curators, architects, urban planners, security experts, members of the military and anyone interested in the protection of cultural property and monuments. The Master of Science (MSc) programme comprises six semesters and 120 ECTS credits. The cost of the programme is € 18,500. One-week modules with experienced experts enable part-time study on the campus of the Danube University Krems in an ideal learning and research environment. Learning through the exchange of practical experience with colleagues and lecturers also offers advantages.
Training for professionals
The Department for Building and Environment has been active in the field of continuing education for 20 years. It covers the entire spectrum of sustainable building - from architecture, building climate control and building technology to facility and property management, conservation, heritage protection and green space design. The department currently offers the following courses 'Cultural Property Protection', 'Renovation and Revitalization', 'Conceptual Heritage Conservation', 'Ecological Garden and Landscape Management', 'Real Estate Management', 'International Real Estate Valuation', 'MBA Construction Management', 'Facility Management', 'Energy Consulting' and 'Future Building Solutions'.