HECTOR project (HEritage and Cultural Tourism Open Resources for innovative training schemes related to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe) is funded by the programme Erasmus+ Key Action 2, “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices”.

This action aims at supporting the development, sharing and transfer of best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.

HECTOR project, coordinated by the European Institute of Cultural Routes, involves three universities - IREST, University Paris 1 Sorbonne (France), LABPACT, University of Barcelona (Spain), CAST, University of Bologna (Italy) - and a research center - Fondazione Federico II (Italy).

The partners will work during two years on the identification and the development of educational programmes in the field of heritage and cultural tourism management related to Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.

Central theme, the role of Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe as laboratories for testing new integrated methodologies of formal and non-formal training.

HECTOR project aims at comparing practices and developing models to forecast the skills needs in cultural management related professions, as well as at designing, implementing and supporting an effective coordination between the world of formal and not formal training.

Heritage management, in particular along the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, is a highly interdisciplinary field: it involves methodologies and approaches from different disciplines

HECTOR constitutes a sound opportunity both to project partners and target groups to exchange practices, methodologies, approaches and tools to identify, define and reinforce the strategic skills required in the public and private training sector to better create synergies with the private sector, to maintain culture as a driver for social and economic development.

Mapping the skill-needs

HECTOR partners will establish a map of emerging skill-needs to identify key skills-sets for the future of the cultural management sector, and they will formulate specific training schemes to be experimented and assessed within the project duration.

Physical and virtual mobility activities will allow to share and exchange cultural management innovative knowledge, skills and tools, both in the public and in the private sectors.

Outputs of the project

Digital education resources and on-line open courses for scholars, professionals and training professionals will be created, in order to cope with shared solutions to maximise content retention and skills upgrading; the partners will prepare also guidelines for policy makers and a Green Book, which will explore and suggest integration possibilities among different funds to commit all the involved stakeholders and contributes to the training related to the culture routes of Council of Europe.


1 September 2014 – 30 September 2016


European Institute of Cultural Routes – Lead Partner (Luxembourg)

IREST, University Paris 1 Sorbonne (France)

LABPACT, University of Barcelona (Spain)

CAST, University of Bologna (Italy)

Fondazione Federico II (Italy).

Total budget of the project

248.125 Euros


Eleonora Berti, HECTOR Project Coordinator
European Institute of Cultural Routes

Abbaye de Neumünster
28, rue Münster
L-2160 Luxembourg

Tel: +352 24 12 50
Fax: +352 24 12 50 58
Email: eleonora.berti@culture-routes.lu

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