Improving REsearch capacities of Albanian higher
educations in conservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage

REACH is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building project in the field of Higher Education

It is aimed at supporting the development of multi-disciplinary research skills and technical know-how in the field of Cultural Heritage conservation and restoration in Albania.

Based on the awareness that Cultural Heritage stands as a key resource for local economic growth of Albania, REACH is also expected to contribute to its accession process to the EU, through the modernisation and internationalisation of Higher Education Institutions.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

REACH has two specific objectives:

  • #1: strengthening, in the Albanian HEIs, applied research capacities in the field of conservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage.
  • #2: supporting Albanian ministerial bodies in defining criteria and strategies for assessing the quality of applied research to conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, in line with European standards

Albanian partners will receive improved Lab facilities, with new set up and equipped Laboratories and technical staff/teaching staff/researchers suitably trained.

Research methodologies will be implemented, thanks to a capacity building process for developing interdisciplinary approach in conducting applied research to Cultural Heritage conservation.

Connections among researchers at national and international level will be consolidated, with the possibility to develop further jointed projects.

Structural Impact on the HEIs system will be evaluated through the assessment of the adequacy between training offer and labour market.

Basis will be set for starting ministerial procedures for the validation of conservators-restorers as a highly qualified professional figure, in line with European standards.

Albanian partners will receive improved Lab facilities, with new set up and equipped Laboratories and technical staff/teaching staff/researchers suitably trained.

Research methodologies will be implemented, thanks to a capacity building process for developing interdisciplinary approach in conducting applied research to Cultural Heritage conservation.

Connections among researchers at national and international level will be consolidated, with the possibility to develop further jointed projects.

Structural Impact on the HEIs system will be evaluated through the assessment of the adequacy between training offer and labour market.

Basis will be set for starting ministerial procedures for the validation of conservators-restorers as a highly qualified professional figure, in line with European standards.

PROJECT ROAD MAP

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  • 2020

    Step 1 | It’s a matter of PRIORITIES

    Step 1 | It’s a matter of PRIORITIES

    January 8, 2020

    First, we need to know where to start from. An in-depth need analysis will be carried out as a starting point, in order to outline a scenario of research priorities and educational needs in the field of Cultural Heritage conservation and restoration in Albania.

  • 2020

    Step 2 | IMPROVE yourself

    Step 2 | IMPROVE yourself

    July 5, 2020

    Second, we need to provide Albanian partners with equipment and technical know-how. Technical Labs will be set up at Albanian HEIs partners, followed by dedicated training and technical workshops provided by EU partners. The capacity building process is now started!

  • 2021

    Step 3 | ready for TAKE OFF

    Step 3 | ready for TAKE OFF

    January 3, 2021

    Third, we need to put theory into practice. Researchers, teaching and technical staff from Albanian partners will be invited at EU partners to collaborate on ongoing research related to Cultural Heritage conservation and restoration.

  • 2022

    Step 4 | find, research, SHARE

    Step 4 | find, research, SHARE

    January 3, 2022

    Fourth, we need to pass knowledge to future generations. Using newly-equipped laboratories and acquired research know-how, Albanian researchers, teaching staff and technical staff will be working on study cases in their own Country, involving their students in the activities. EU and Albanian partners will also collaborate on the organisation of an International Summer School.

  • 2022

    Step 5 | REACHing innovation

    Step 5 | REACHing innovation

    December 31, 2022

    While on track, we need this process to be long-lasting. To REACH this aim, the project involves the Albanian Ministry of Education, whose bodies will be supported in defining criteria and strategies for assessing the quality of applied research to conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, in line with European standards.

PROJECT ROAD MAP

2020

Step 1 | It’s a matter of PRIORITIES

First, we need to know where to start from. An in-depth need analysis will be carried out as a starting point, in order to outline a scenario of research priorities and educational needs in the field of Cultural Heritage conservation and restoration in Albania.

2020

Step 2 | IMPROVE yourself

Second, we need to provide Albanian partners with equipment and technical know-how. Technical Labs will be set up at Albanian HEIs partners, followed by dedicated training and technical workshops provided by EU partners. The capacity building process is now started!

2021

Step 3 | ready for TAKE OFF

Third, we need to put theory into practice. Researchers, teaching and technical staff from Albanian partners will be invited at EU partners to collaborate on ongoing research related to Cultural Heritage conservation and restoration.

2022

Step 4 | find, research, SHARE

Fourth, we need to pass knowledge to future generations. Using newly-equipped laboratories and acquired research know-how, Albanian researchers, teaching staff and technical staff will be working on study cases in their own Country, involving their students in the activities. EU and Albanian partners will also collaborate on the organisation of an International Summer School.

2022

Step 5 | REACHing innovation

While on track, we need this process to be long-lasting. To REACH this aim, the project involves the Albanian Ministry of Education, whose bodies will be supported in defining criteria and strategies for assessing the quality of applied research to conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, in line with European standards.

PROJECT PARTNERS

The Consortium

REACH project partners stand out by virtue of the specific competences they have.

Albanian partners will be individually guided by EU partners in the implementation of research skills and best practice approaches for the study and conservation of Cultural Heritage.

Capacity building process will not be the same for each Albanian partner: complementary skills will be developed, related to disciplines that all contribute to sustainable and methodologically tailored studies and conservation activities, but without overlapping. This will set the basis for collaborations that can be established during the project and continue after its conclusion.

Universiteti I Arteve I Tiranes (UART) will lead the project and coordinate a consortium of 4 Albanian, 3 Italian and 1 Spanish partners.

Universiteti I Arteve
(University of Arts – UART)
Tirana, Albania

Universiteti Politeknik I Tirane
(Polytechnic University of Tirana – UPT)
Tirana, Albania

University of Shkodra Luigj Gurakuqi
Shkodra, Albania

Akademia e Studimeve Albanologike
Tirana, Albania

Ministria e Arsmit Sportit dhe Rinisê
(The Ministry of Education Sport
and Youth of Albania)
Tirana, Albania

University of Bologna – UNIBO
Bologna, Italy

University of Urbino Carlo Bo – UNIURB
Urbino, Italy

The Center for Innovation
of Fondazione Flaminia – CIFLA
Ravenna, Italy

Escola Superior de Conservación e Restauración de Bens Culturais de Galicia (ESCRBBCCG)
Pontevedra, Spain

CONTACT US

EMAIL
reach.uart.project@gmail.com

FACEBOOK
@REACH-Innovating-Cultural-Heritage

INSTAGRAM
@Reachculturalheritage

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