Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert
The approach to the concept of heritage, its protection and use, that is realised by Marie-Theres Albert and the ‘Institut Heritage Studies’ (IHS) differs from others in the field because it offers a holistic interpretation of heritage. Furthermore, Marie-Theres Albert follows with her institute a paradigmatic approach to understanding heritage in the interest of human development.
This concept of heritage was elaborated by Marie-Theres Albert during the development of the Masters Programme „World Heritage Studies“ (WHS) and the PhD Programme „Heritage Studies“, and it was implemented, together with the team of the Chair Intercultural Studies, in the context of the International Graduate School Heritage Studies (IGS) between 2010 and 2015. It was developed further within EU-funded projects, such as „MUMA” (Development of Multi-Disciplinary Management Strategies for Conservation and Use of Heritage in Asia and Europe) and „Sharing our Heritages“, which both targeted the internationalisation of World Heritage university education, as well as within the EU-funded project „Cultural Capital Counts“ (CCC) which addressed the valorisation of intangible heritage.
Last but not least, Marie-Theres Albert has created her paradigmatic approach to understanding heritage within the interest of human development through her series of publications, such as World Heritage Studies and Heritage Studies, in which she has again emphasized the unique selling point of the ‘Institut Heritage Studies’.
Prof. Minja Yang
Prof. Minja Yang has been President of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation of the Catholic University of Leuven (RLICC/KU Leuven) in Belgium since 2010, a post she assumed upon retiring from 30 years of service in the United Nations, of which 20 at UNESCO. She was formerly Chief of Angkor Unit launching the major UNESCO Safeguarding & Development Programme after the political settlement in Cambodia, then Chief of the Asia-Pacific Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, then promoted as its Deputy Director, while concurrently serving as Coordinator for the World Heritage Cities Programme, then Director for Museums prior to her posting as UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka & Director of the UNESCO Sub-regional Office in New Delhi.
Throughout her career, she focused on capacity-building of local authorities in cultural resources management and in heritage-based urban development. Prof. Yang served as an external evaluator for this publication.
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