Heritag – Higher Education Interdisciplinary Reform In Tourism Management And Applied Geoinformation Curricula

Scientific manager: Dott.ssa Laura Vici

Project typology: Modernisation of curriculum by developing new and innovative courses and methodologies

Unibo structure involved: Centro Studi avanzati sul Turismo (CAST)
Unibo Team: Team: Prof. Antonello Eugenio Scorcu, Prof.ssa Alessia Mariotti

Budget: 764.348 euro 
Unibo Budget: 48.365 euro

Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 10/2015
End Date: 10/2018 


Coordinator: Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Spagna)


  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (Grecia)
  • Kungliga Tekniska Hoegslolan (Svezia)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna (Italia)
  • Ilia State University ILIAUNI (Georgia)
  • Georgian Technical University (Georgia)
  • Shota Rustaveli State University (Georgia)
  • GIS and RS Cinsulting Center GeoGraphic (Georgia)
  • National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia (Georgia)
  • Sky Travel Ltd – (Georgia)
  • National University of Architecture and Construction of Armeni (Armenia)

The project HERITAG aims to develop an interdisciplinary reform in higher education programmes at master level and continuing education integrating Geo-information Technologies (GIT) applied to cultural heritage documentation, tourism management and entrepreneurship.

The project promotes the synergy of three main groups of stakeholders: Universities, industry and Administration. The curricular reform integrates the development of capacities in 3 main national and regional priorities in Georgia and Armenia: Geo-information technologies, cultural heritage preservation and documentation, and fostering tourism business and entrepreneurship.

Specific goals of the project are:

  • To create interdisciplinary master specialities in GIT for cultural heritage and tourism, integrating marketing and entrepreneurship skills oriented to consolidate local industry, following the guidelines of the Bologna process.
  • To establish Geoinformation and Tourism Technology centres (GTTC) in partner countries devoted to train professionals in GIT applied to cultural heritage and tourism, documentation of architectural and historical monuments and to disseminate the history, culture and landscapes using modern geovisualization techniques.
  • To create three new GIS laboratories in Tourism Economics Departments and to update existing equipment in partner country universities.
  • To foster the continuous education in Higher Education institutions of current professionals by creating interdisciplinary training modules.
  • To re-train academic staff in GIT, tourism management and entrepreneurship.
  • To introduce and improve good practices for quality assurance in partner countries universities.
  • To establish organized links between universities, administration and society to train professionals, creating labour market days, introducing GIT in tourism industry, promoting local entrepreneurship and establishing the basis to protect, document and disseminate cultural heritage and history.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union