Cultural Heritage Leadership

The Cultural Heritage Leadership Initiative (CHL) aims at developing effective future global leaders in the cultural heritage domain. By effective leadership, we mean a people-centered, future-looking, and data-driven approach with a clear vision in which heritage plays a crucial role. The initiative aims to develop students’ skills to communicate and facilitate that vision within a heritage-led organization or a project and build a relationship with all stakeholders, which leads to a shared goal.

The CHL educational programs combine leadership theory and practices through teaching with case studies. Theoretical knowledge in the field is needed to be able to think critically from a variety of perspectives and to make good decisions – all our theoretical classes are practice-oriented in this respect. Case studies are used to examine the applicability of theories, identify their explanatory potential and limitations.

CHL focuses on transformative leadership, which contributes to generating non-monetary and monetary values, empowers citizens, leads to social changes, facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and contributes to the sustainable development of organizations and related territories and communities. It combines an analysis of society’s interests and needs with those of the cultural heritage assets.

The fundamental concept of the CHL initiative lies in the use of heritage as a resource for development, which, at the same time, secures the sustainability of heritage. The management of these processes requires highly motivated experts with interdisciplinary educational backgrounds. Students attending the courses will understand how heritage can be a resource and a lever of structural change at the local, national, regional, and global levels. It focuses on actors who are instrumental in conceiving and creating new heritage-based development paths and forges links between different institutional and national contexts. Overall, the courses will help the students to prepare themselves to take various leading roles connected to different actions or research projects, organizations, or communities in the field of heritage.

Past activities: 

Cultural Heritage Leadership Conversations. Every Thursday from 3.40 to 5.20 PM CET from January 13 to March 31, 2022

Summer course: Music as Heritage: from Tradition to Product. An interdisciplinary course about music as heritage, with a focus on Béla Bartók - theory and practice.