Our students enrolled in the Arts and Culture Management Master had the opportunity to meet and learn more about Unesco, with representative Pravali Vangeti, Associate Project Officer.
As Italy is the country with the highest number of Unesco Heritage sites 51 in total and 6 alone in the Latium Region, students already find themselves in advantegeous position to study and immerse themselves in the Arts and Cultures World, however through this meeting, they were able to have an even closer encounter, learning from someone directly inside the company.
The acronym stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The organization was founded in 1945 at the end of Word War II and its aim was to establish peace on the basis of humanity’s solidarity, a drive spurred from a period of two World Wars. Through the areas of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information the UNESCO promotes pluralism, the creative industries and of course safeguards heritage.
Today UNESCO accounts for both tangible and intangible heritage sites for a total of 1154 World Heritage Properties divided into 897 Cultural Properties, 218 Natural Properties and 39 Mixed Properties.
To qualify a place and have it become a world heritage site, the place must hold cultural and/or natural significance that transcend national boundaries and is and will be of importance to present and future generations. All while meeting criteria of integrity and authenticity and having a protection plan.
That’s because unfortunately, many are the threaths faced by UNESCO, such as the intentional destruction of heritage sites, climate change, wars, uncontrolled urbanism and globalization, earthquakes and fires. Arab States and Africa are the region Unesco has identified as most at risk, such as in Lybia where the archeological site of Cyrene has been endagenred since 2016.
The work of the UNESCO has evolved to include a program of education as well, involving youth, installing dialogue and creating synergies in order to ensure the preservation of heritage sites and the capacity building of the organization.
Whether you are on campus, experiencing Rome everyday, or just visiting, perhaps taking advantage of the week-long bootcamp for international students, here are some wonderful places you can go see:
Start from Rome: the whole historical center of Rome has been declared World Heritage Site, take a walk and you will not be disappointed!
Villa d’Este (Tivoli): A beautiful 16th-century villa in Tivoli, near Rome, famous for its terraced hillside Italian Renaissance garden and especially for its profusion of fountains. Now hosting a museum you can also visit!
Go South: Just a couple of hours by train will take you to the region of Campania where you can experience the wonderful Amalfi coast and visit the ruins of Pompei.
Can’t get enough of the Arts? Come join us at the Master in Arts and Culture Management and acquire key managerial skills, connect with top partner companies and network with students from all over the world, all while experiencing the ultimate open-air museum city.