The department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies was established in 2004 (Government Gazette 138/22-7-2004) and started its educational function, taking its first students, in the academic year 2004-2005. The Department, which initially operated under the enlargement of Higher Education, has its headquarters in the city of Agrinio and its mission is to establish and deepen students knowledge about culture and cultural heritage management, the development of information technologies on the mater of culture, as well as the training of students skilled in modern methods of planning and management of cultural products and activities.
According to the Presidential Decree of establishment, the department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies aims to promote knowledge about cultural heritage and its management, and to endow its students with the skills necessary to ensure a perfect training for academic and professional career in the subject of the cultural richness of the our country from ancient times until today.
The training offered by the Department is particularly destined to the effective promotion and exploitation of cultural resources, to their rational and economic utilization in order to contribute to the implementation of an integrated system of cultural management in Greece through the multiple uses of the new technologies.
The department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies awards diplomas up to the doctorate level. The Bachelor’s degree (Undergraduate Programme) awarded is divided into two directions:
- Management of Cultural Resources (MCR)
- Cultural Informatics (CI)
The mandatory minimum length of study leading to the Bachelor’s degree is set at eight (8) semesters (four-year courses). The annual educational Program comprises two semesters, fall and spring semester, each representing thirteen (13) full teaching weeks. Lectures and classes take place in these periods. The exact dates of the beginning and the end of the fall and spring semester, as well as the examination periods, are determined by the Administrative Committee of the University of Patras. The number of students admitted per year in the Department is set to the input of students at each university requirements.
The rather unique identity of the department of Management of Cultural Environment and New Technologies in relation to other Departments of the University of Patras and the other Greek Universities plays an important role in shaping the departmental strategy for its undergraduate curriculum. The department features an interdisciplinary character, combining the management of cultural resources with new technologies. The management of the cultural environment and its connection to new technologies has been the subject of recent academic research and investigation with an impressive increase in relevant literature at an international level by distinguished university institutions abroad, demonstrating the need for education in this field, especially in a country like Greece.