The master’s programme “Architectural Conservation” was launched in 2016 at the German Jordanian University in Amman. This study programme offers the possibility to Jordanian but also to refugee students to obtain an academic qualification in the fields of building archaeology, heritage conservation and cultural preservation.
In autumn 2016 the master’s course “Architectural Conservation” was launched at the German Jordanian University (GJU) in Jordan. It was implemented in cooperation with the training research field “Heritage Conservation and Building Archaeology” at the RWTH Aachen University, under the supervision of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Raabe and the field “Building Archaeology and Heritage Conservation” at the Technical University of Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Thekla Schulz-Brize. The Archaeological Heritage Network, the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) initiated the project. The German Federal Foreign Office supports the master’s course within the project “Zero Hour –A Future after the Crisis”.
Building archaeology – heritage conservation– cultural preservation
Students from Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Jordan learn the bases of historical building archaeology, heritage conservation and cultural preservation. Education is provided by taking examples of monuments dated to various periods in Jordan according to the standards of German universities. In this way skills are conveyed, which will later be used during reconstruction and during the development of heritage strategies based on detailed building archaeology.
This particular study programme in Jordan is a successful model, which gives young refugees a chance of a future career. The master’s course “Architectural Conservation” makes it possible for the graduates to take on a responsible position to manage the reconstruction and cultural preservation of their countries in the aftermath of war and crises.
Cover image: Tachymetric documentation inside the tomb | © Winterstein, TU-Berlin.
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