The ‘Institute Heritage Studies’ was founded and led by, Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Albert, former chair holder of the Chair Intercultural Studies and the UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies, founder and former director of the International Graduate School Heritage Studies at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg,  as well as founder and director of the Institute Heritage Studies (IHS) at the International Academy Berlin (INA).

Marie-Theres Albert has been active in Heritage Studies and World Heritage Studies and is recognized for her work both nationally and internationally. This recognition is due to her profound knowledge and extensive experience in the development and implementation of teaching and research programmes for the sustainable protection and corresponding use of heritage.