The project HERITAG aims to develop an interdisciplinary reform in higher education programmes at master level and continuing education integrating Geo-information Technologies (GIT) applied to cultural heritage documentation, tourism management and entrepreneurship.

 The project promotes the synergy of three main groups of stakeholders: Universities, industry and Administration. The curricular reform integrates the development of capacities in 3 main national and regional priorities in Georgia and Armenia: Geo-information technologies, cultural heritage preservation and documentation, and fostering tourism business and entrepreneurship.

– To create interdisciplinary master specialties in GIT for cultural heritage and tourism, integrating marketing and entrepreneurship skills oriented to consolidate local industry, following the guidelines of the Bologna process.

– To establish Geoinformation and Tourism Technology centers (GTTC) in partner countries devoted to train professionals in GIT applied to cultural heritage and tourism, documentation of architectural and historical monuments and to disseminate the history, culture and landscapes using modern geovisualization techniques.

– To create three new GIS laboratories in Tourism Economics Departments and to update existing equipment in partner country universities.

– To foster the continuous education in Higher Education institutions of current professionals by creating interdisciplinary training modules.

– To re-train academic staff in GIT, tourism management and entrepreneurship.

– To introduce and improve good practices for quality assurance in partner countries universities.

– To establish organized links between universities, administration and society to train professionals, creating labor market days, introducing GIT in tourism industry, promoting local entrepreneurship and establishing the basis to protect, document and disseminate cultural heritage and history.

 

The aim of this project is to create interdisciplinary programmes in geoinformation technologies (GIT) and entrepreneurship and training infrastructures to foster the sustainable development of cultural tourism in Armenia and Georgia by:

–  Creating master specialties in GIT for cultural heritage and tourism, integrating marketing and entrepreneurship to consolidate local industry.

– Establishing a Geoinformation and Tourism Technology Centre (GTTC) per partner country devoted to train, document, promote and disseminate culture and tourism.

– Modernize existing laboratories in PC universities to improve training of specialists in GIT and tourism economy.

– Fostering continuing education of current professionals creating two interdisciplinary training modules focused on the application of modern GIT technologies in cultural tourism, including quality assurance

– Strengthening links between universities and society to enhance the use of GIT in cultural heritage and tourism industry.

 

Start date: 15/10/2015                      End date: 14/10/2018                        Duration (months): 36 months

WORKPLAN for project year 1

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1.1 Creation of Advisory Board with social stakeholders 8 2X 2X 1X 1X 1X 1X            
1.2 Analysis of needs in cultural tourism industry 24     4X 4X 4X 4X 4X 4X        
1.3 Cooperation agreement University-Industry-Administr. 16         3X 3X 3X 3X 2X 2X    
2.1 Curricula reform  master in GIT and Tourism economics 12             2X 2X 2X 2X 2X 2X
3.1 Analysis of needs and equipment acquisition 8 1X 1X 1X 1X 1X 1X 1X 1X        
3.2 Installation of equipment, testing and training 8             2X 2X 2X 1X 1X  
4.1 Basic GIS for economics and tourism 2       2X                
4.2 Intensive course mobile and web mapping for CH tourism 2             2=          
4.3 Workshop in Entrepreneurship in tourism 1             1=          
4.4 Intensive course in laser scanning and 3D modelling 2                   2=    
7.1 Elaboration of project guidelines 2 1= 1=                    
7.2 Monitoring visits to PC 1                       1X
7.3 National monitoring system 2         1X           1X  
8.1 Project start-up meeting 1   1X                    
8.2 Daily project management 12 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1=
8.3 Annual meetings of the project management committee 1                 1=      
8.4 One-on-one meetings by videoconference 1       0.3=       0.3=       0.4X
9.1 Project website and social networks 6 2X 2X 1X 1X                
9.2 Promotion of GTTC, master and continuing education 4   1X 1X               1X 1X

WORKPLAN for project year 2

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2.1 Curricula reform  master in GIT and Tourism economics 12 2X 2X 2X 2X 2X 2X            
2.2 Develop new course contents at master level 12     2X 2X 2X 2X 2X 2X        
2.3 Develop new teaching materials 20         2X 2X 2X 2X 3X 3X 3X 3X
4.5 Intensive course in Photogrammetry for CH document. 2 2=                      
4.6 Intensive course in Economics for tourism development 2       2=                
5.1 Design 2 modules for continuing education 16             2X 3X 3X 3X 3X 2X
5.2 Create online teaching materials for continuing education 3                   1X 1X 1X
6.1 Workshop in Quality Assurance in Higher Education 1                     1X  
6.2 Workshop in case method 1           1X            
7.2 Monitoring visits to PC 1                   1X    
7.3 National monitoring system 2         1X           1X  
7.4 External evaluation 1                       1X
8.2 Daily project management 12 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1=
8.3 Annual meetings of the project management committee 1       1=                
8.4 One-on-one meetings by videoconference 1   0.3=         0.3=         0.4X
9.2 Promotion of GTTC, master and continuing education 2                     1X 1X
10.1 Actions to ensure project sustainability 4     1X     1X     1X     1X

WORKPLAN for project year 3

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2.3 Develop new teaching materials 8 3X 3X 2X                  
5.2 Create online teaching materials for continuing education 21 3X 3X 3X 3X 3X 3X 3X          
6.3 Elaboration of a quality assurance plan 3           1X 1X 1X        
7.2 Monitoring visits to PC 1               1X        
7.3 National monitoring system 2         1X           1X  
8.2 Daily project management 12 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1= 1=
8.3 Annual meetings of the project management committee         1X                
8.4 One-on-one meetings by videoconference 1   0.3=       0.3=       0.4X    
9.2 Promotion of GTTC, master and continuing education 2                     1X 1X
9.3 Labour market days 1                 1X      
9.4 Final dissemination conference 1                       1X
10.1 Actions to ensure project sustainability 8 1X   1X   1X   1X   1X   1X  

The project is organised in 10 work packages, one of each for preparation, quality, management, dissemination and exploitation, and 5 for development. Tasks are evenly distributed among partners, considering their respective expertise and capacity. Most of the partners are leading a WP to share responsibilities and commitments. To foster equity, balance, and partner ownership, 5 WP are leaded by EU partners and 5 by partner countries. Universities are the partners with higher staff days allocation, particularly in development WP, while companies, NGO and administrative bodies will have an important load in definition of needs, dissemination, and in enhancing impact and sustainability to the project. Very relevant in the participation of associated partners, such as the National Centre for Professional Education Quality, Ministry of Economy, and the Union of Architects of Armenia, they will support in quality assurance, social needs and dissemination activities. Additionally, the applicant has available support letters, upon request, from the following institutions:

-National Tourism Agency of Armenia

-National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia

-Ministry of Culture of Armenia

-Armenian Apostolic Church (owner of most CH monuments)

-Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

-Incoming Tourism Association of Georgia.

UPV will lead management tasks and quality control of the project. All EU partners will develop training courses and participate in main events in partner countries. There will be participation of partner country universities in the preparation and teaching of some courses and workshops. Most of the activities and events will take place and be organised by partner countries, to foster open participation of social stakeholders.

Resources are carefully allocated to reduce costs and increase efficiency in each activity and task, and to promote the collaboration and knowledge transfer among partners, specially considering the interdisciplinarity of the project.

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