European Standards for Vocational Training in Urban Regeneration

Our partnership aims at establishing proper and reliable standards of vocational training in integrated urban regeneration. The principle is to provide a basis for thinking about urban regeneration and therefore the partnership involves academics and practitioners. We would like to achieve through provision of manuals containing examples of best practices in urban regeneration form Europe. The project is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci fund to develop a strong partnership and framework for future collaboration; however we are planning to expand the project through a different stream of funding.

In the first year of the project partners exchange know-how in field of urban regeneration as a interdisciplinary subject of didactic and vocational activity, comprising heritage management, financial aspects of regeneration projects, GIS analysis, sustainability and innovative applied urban conservation methods. The main approach will be continuous dialogue between partner institutions during meetings, mutual visits and through exchange of didactic and training materials.

During the second year of the project the partners will develop manuals for practitioners from each partner country focused on different aspects of urban regeneration, based on the most up to date case studies from each partner. This approach will ensure that partners can present good examples of practice in their countries and provide an opportunity to think how these could work in other places.

The final manuals should form a basis for programmes of vocational training and for formulation of uniform standards for vocational training in the field of urban regeneration. Its particular value is in focus on the World Heritage Site Cities, which are required to maintain highly effective management regimes in order to meet standards set up by the Word Heritage Committee, not only in spatial terms, but also social, concerning outreach schemes. The outcomes of the project will be translated into native languages of each partner.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The SATURN meeting was coordinated with the annual World Heritage Day on 18th April, which in 2013 was focused on international connections, cultural diplomacy and the role of heritage in connecting different countries. It was a successful event involving over 200 guests and interesting speakers such as Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs), Prof. Jacek Purchla (Director of the International Cultural Centre in Kraków) and Susanne Hauer (Organisation of World Heritage Cities secretariat in Regensburg).

The partners met on 19th April in Edinburgh to update each other on drafting progress of the manuals. At this point it became obvious that more focus has to be made on making the final products coherent enough to form a basis for the final report. This part of the project has to be well thought as it will lead to development of a methodology, which would be applied on new manuals and partners in the future. Also, we felt that a stronger emphasis has to be made on a didactic side of the project to maximise its utility.

We invited Sussane Hauer from the Organisation of World Heritage Cities secretariat in Regensburg to participate in the meeting and bring her perspective to the discussion table. It turned up that there is plenty to learn from Regensburg’s experience as well as projects such as HERO and HERMAN.

Krzysztof Chuchra 

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