The constant support of a close knit (but huge) community of friends and lecturers has made living and learning abroad possible and incredibly exciting!

Tyler Whitmarsh, Australia Class of 2016

Stay connected with the world heritage studies network

Welcome to the alumni community of the Dual Master’s Programme World Heritage Studies/Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany and Deakin University, Australia!

This website gives you many opportunities to stay connected with the two universities, to discover events and networking activities, or to explore various career resources aimed to help you in your field. Above all, this is a way to get and stay in touch with old friends, to share stories and to find new inspiring connections for your personal and professional development.

This initiative was realised with the financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Studying in Cottbus

Cottbus is located in the State of Brandenburg, halfway between the vibrant cities of Berlin and Dresden. The town is surrounded by many green areas, including the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Spreewald, with its idyllic waterways and forests, or the Branitz landscape gardens created by the eccentric Prince von Pückler-Muskau in the mid-19th century. The charming old market place, or the old industrial sites surrounding the landscape are reminders of the town’s versatile heritage story.

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Studying in Melbourne

Melbourne has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. No wonder that everybody finds something special to love and admire about it, from spectacular galleries and museums, to spacious green parks and gardens, to delicious cuisine of numerous restaurants and cafés.

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Upcoming Events

24-28 January: Climate.Culture.Peace

Today starts the Climate.Culture.Peace conference and there are many lectures, workshops and conferences focus on how heritage can contribute to the climate conversations and actions. 

Read more to find how to join.

January 24th
09:35 am

Horizon Europe Research Funding: webinar

European Commission publishes its Horizon Europe proposal

This webinar is organised by UK Research and Innovation, in association with the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, and will provide attendees with an introduction to the funding opportunities that Horizon Europe offers to the Arts, Heritage, and Creative Industries sectors. The event will also offer deeper insights into the various avenues to engage with Horizon Europe, with concrete examples through case study presentations and speakers from relevant stakeholder organisations, including Europa Nostra Board member Graham Bell.

Thursday 3 February 2022 from 14.30 to 16.30 CET (13.30-15.30 GMT).

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January 19th
09:41 am

Free online Lecture: The people behind Big Ben: The Cumbria Clock Company (20 January)


Join this talk by Keith Scobie-Youngs ACR, director and co-founder of The Cumbria Clock Company, to find out about the recent conservation of the Great Clock of Westminster. Keith and his team, along with UK Parliament's clock mechanics, painstakingly cleaned, repaired, and restored more than 1,000 components at their workshop in the village of Dacre near Penrith.

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January 19th
09:11 am


UNESCO publishes case studies on living heritage and climate change in East Africa

Deadline for the 2021 cycle nominations - intangible heritage - Culture  Sector - UNESCO

UNESCO has published a series of case studies as part of the pilot project to support research and documentation on traditional knowledge systems, recognized as part of communities’ living heritage, for biodiversity conservation, climate change and disaster risk reduction in East Africa.


January 19th
09:59 am
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New Dual Degree Students 2021-2022

Our new group is here! Let's welcome our new #HeritageDualDegree students 2021 - 2022 at BTU Cotbus-Senftenberg (Germany) and Deakin University Melbourne (Australia).

Learn more about them here.

January 12th
12:02 pm
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Until 1st February, apply for the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards

Call for Entries of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022

The European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards 2022 are open for submissions!

The Awards honour every year up to 30 outstanding heritage achievements, among which up to five Grand Prix. Each winner of a Grand Prix receives a monetary award of €10.000. In addition, the Public Choice Award is presented to one of the selected award winners, following an online vote conducted by Europa Nostra.

Deadline: 31sth January

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January 11th
09:22 am
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UNESCO and ICCROM launch training initiative strengthening management of African World Heritage sites

UNESCO – Wikipedia

On 6 December 2021, UNESCO and ICCROM launched the first edition of their joint training initiative “Improving Management Effectiveness in African World Heritage properties (2021-22)” targeting 25 African countries and 80 experts, of which 21 are women.

January 04th
10:12 am
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Australia launches a Cultural Tourism Accelerator


The Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program is a $5 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government as part of the Regional Arts Tourism package, which will enable arts organisations to promote and develop cultural events for tourists across regional Australia.

Information sessions: 23rd and 25th November 2021.

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November 22th
10:09 am
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The first edition of the online publication 'Discourse: The Heritage Magazine' was launched.

The first online edition of "Discourse: The Heritage Magazine", an initiative of BTU World Heritage PHD students Lianne Oonwalla and Ekta Chauhan, was launched on 1 October.

You can download it for free here.

October 05th
10:20 am
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Interview with Smriti Pant and her work in UNESCO World Heritage nomination projet "Great Spa Towns of Europe"

Smriti Pant, Alumni of World Heritage Studies M.A. She talked with BTU about her time at our University, her experience as a student, what she learned in the Master's degree and her current work in Baden-Baden in the UNESCO World Heritage nomination project "Great Spa Towns of Europe". She also gave some tips for all newcomers and students ;).

October 05th
10:13 am
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Sidney will be the house for ICOMOS 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA) in 2023.

Australia ICOMOS was set to host the ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GA) on 2020, but due #Covid19, plans changed. Instead, Australia will now host the GA in 2023 in Sydney.


October 05th
10:01 am
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September: Heritage Opportunities

Find here September's events, calls and opportunities in the field of heritage. If you know about events, workshops, initiatives and opportunities, and want to share them with our community, you can also do it here! You will find the link at the end. 

August 31th
02:45 pm
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Follow online the Extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee

From today until 31 July, the Extended 44th session of the World Heritage Committee will be taking place. Here we tell you how to follow it online.

July 16th
09:08 am
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South Australia's landscape "Flinders Ranges" nominated to UNESCO tentative list

In April 2021, the government of Australia submitted to the UNESCO tentative list “Flinders Ranges”, under criteria viii to be considerer as Natural Heritage of the World. Read more

June 2nd
09:24 am
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#MuseumsMonth: Map from openning-parcial oppenings museums - NEMO Official

On 18 May we celebrate Museum Day, and we continue to highlight the initiatives and events that museums and different institutions around the world are organising to celebrate this special date. 

Today we bring you a map made by the Network of European Museum Organization #NEMO showing an overview of the reopening of museums in Europe.

May 10th
06:45 am
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May the fourth: Stars Wars and World Heritage

Today is May the fourth, and for all Star Wars fans, that means it's the day of the force. If you are a World Heritage lover and also a fan of the Star Wars films, you will have noticed that their locations are so incredible that they can't be anything other than World Heritage listed places. That's why today we take the opportunity to remember these films that have been set in several places included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Discover these 10 WHS that have been the location of Star Wars.

May 04th
09:01 am
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Five traditions celebrated on 1st May [Heritage Stories]

Happy #internationalWorkersDay and also happy #MayDay. Here are five different traditions that are celebrated on 1st May. 

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May 2nd
01:49 pm
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Follow us in our new Social Media Channels!

The #HeritageDualDegree has new channels to keep in contact with Alumni, Students and all Heritage Practitioners. Through our social channels, you can find:

  • #HeritageOpportunities: Internships, courses, jobs
  • #AlumniStories: The experiences and thoughts of our Alumni and students of different years.
  • #Heritagenews: What is happening on the Heritage field.

And much more!

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February 24th
11:07 am
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Job Opportunities

International Exchange Program


International Exchange Program of the United States Committee, US/ICOMOS, for graduate students and young professionals, specialized in historic preservation and heritage conservation.

Deadline: January 7

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January 04th
09:10 am

Open positions at BTU - World Heritage Studies

The Bureau for International Studies of Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus has two open positions waiting for your application!

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November 18th
09:35 am

Call for Applications: 2022 Virtual ENCATC Communication Traineeships

ENCATC is looking for an ambitious, talented Communication Trainee to assist the Communication Department in its day-to-day work. The Communication Trainee should have some experience in event communication and can work independently. Excellent organisational skills and a pro-active attitude are a must.

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November 16th
09:49 am