The training, advanced and further education of the IHS is based on the need for scientific and professionally qualified specialists, junior researchers and managers for World Heritage, intangible heritage and documentary heritage. The IHS serves this need for capacity building with an expert team specifically trained for the task. The conceptual foundations of this capacity building of the IHS assume the following positions:
- World Heritage had an innovative force for international understanding, which must be mediated beyond the tangible, physical structures of existing sites.
- Capacity building should promote awareness of culture and cultural identity. This also applies to raising awareness in the context of intangible heritage and the Memory of the World Programme.
- The professionalisation demand for World Heritage protection and appropriate usage requires specialist and interdisciplinary know-how in matters of identification and indexing of potential sites, of conservation of sites as well as in the management of World Heritage. We provide this.
- We also provide specialised know-how for the identification and preparation of nomination files for intangible heritage.
- The issue of sustainability in the implementation of the heritage programmes and conventions, particularly the World Heritage Convention, sets interdisciplinary knowledge as an example for a holistic understanding of tangible and intangible culture and nature in the global context. It requires competence in implementing the Global Strategy, particularly through the mediation of participation concepts, of empowerment and of approaches to community involvement. We also provide these competencies.