Press Release

Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports
BVI National Commission for UNESCO
Release Date:
Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 5:15pm

The British Virgin Islands National Commission for The United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) is informing the public that the application deadline has been extended for the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation’s (ITCILO) Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development.

The Master programme has been extended to August 21, 2015 and is designed by the University of Torino, the Politecnico di Torino and the ITCILO, in collaboration with UNESCO and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

The programme provides a solid foundation in a variety of cultural economics topics and the value chain of cultural and natural sites and explores in detail the economic, social, institutional and legal considerations that govern the diverse categories of UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites.

Additionally, it places emphasis on strategic management competencies for the preservation and promotion of these sites as well as on monitoring the efficacy and adequacy of site management plans and associated cultural projects.

The programme will take place from October 14, 2015 to October 9, 2016 and is divided into three major learning cycles.

  • The first cycle will be conducted through a distance learning component that will start on October 14, 2015 and will end on December 18, 2015.
  • The second cycle, from January 25, 2016 to May 20, 2016, is a face-to-face learning period that will be held in Turin, Italy, at the International Training Centre of the ILO. Class attendance is compulsory for the entire period.
  • The third cycle, from May 26, 2016 to October 9, 2016, will be a research and study period during which the students may attend internships activities and are expected to finalise their final project. 

For more information on the Master in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Development, please visit

To apply to the programme, complete the online Application Form or contact the BVI National Commission for UNESCO at telephone number 468-2527 for further instructions.