The CHTMBAL - Network for Post Graduate Masters in Cultural Heritage and Tourism Management in Balkan Countries, is a Joint Project selected by the European Agency in the IV Tempus application call (2011) The Joint Project CHTMBAL, aims at enhancing the cultural heritage management and sustainable tourism in Albania and Kosovo.
The projects aims at creating a university network for Post Graduate Masters in Cultural Heritage and Tourism Management, starting also two Pilot Master Courses, one in Albania and one in Kosovo, which will allow to share knowledge, methods and tools between the European Countries and the Partner Countries.
Local institutions in the PC have in fact expressed their need to enhance cultural tourism in their countries as important element of cultural and sustainable economic growth; a result this also arises the demand for a professional figure with the skills and the proficiences needed to work in this field. This aims will be pursued by reviewing and reforming the actual curricula of the PC with the Bologna Process guidelines and creating and implementing two master pilot courses in the University of Shkoder and in the University of Prizren, involving twenty students per university. In the University of Shkoder it will be implemented a one year professional Master while in the University of Prizren it will be implemented a two year degree. The goal of this Master is to create a group of young professionals well trained in this field and to help them enter in the labor market; at the same time we will work on teacher training to allow the project to self-sustain.
During the project many agreements with local institutions and enterprises will be established, in order to create stages where the students can apply what they have learnt and help them enter in the labour market. The project will also provide teachers and administration training thanks to the experience and the shared knowledge of the EU partners. Teachers and students will also take advantage of short periods of study and stages in the EU partner countries. The high number of EU Partners is due to the interdisciplinary aspects of the project. There will be set quality assurance standards for the master degree. The dissemination activities will include opening conferences, short term and medium term workshops on partial results, a website and publications on the final results. The didactic and scientific publications will work as guideline for cultural tourism development, giving the PC the cultural bases for heritage management policies and will contribute to the development of a sustainable tourism-based economy