January - December 2021

Programme type

One year Professional master's degree (60 ECTs)

Place of teaching

Turin, Italy; Crete, Greece; Bologna, Italy




Joint between University of Bologna and the Polytechnic University of Turin

Type of access

Second / single cycle degree

Required fee

5.500,00 Euro

Sponsorship could be available. Please contact the Master’s Director for more information.

The RURITAGE project will arrange a professional Master Course on ‘Heritage-led sustainable strategies for rural regeneration’. The master course is open to all interested in further learning about how to regenerate rural areas through heritage. The course specifically targets practitioners such as planners, civil servants, NGOs’ and local development agencies’ employees. The aim is to give the master students the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to sustainably and effectively manage cultural and natural heritage to regenerate rural territories and communities. There will be both face to face teaching in the form of meetings and in presence workshops as well as e-learning modules. The courses are jointly organized by The University of Bologna and the Polytechnic University of Turin. RURITAGE partners will have an active role in the Master implementation as either teaching in dedicated modules or as hosts for the students for training and internship opportunities.

Course module

The course will take place in Turin and Bologna, Italy, as well as in Crete, Greece. See all modules for an overview.

Course teachers

This course is taught by broad expertise from universities and knowledgable institutions all over Europe.


A 70% attendance and a final exam is required.

Find out more

Visit the Alma Mater- University of Bologna's webpage for a quick course overview.

Course module

The RURITAGE professional master's programme will take place partially online, and partially in presence during three sessions packed with fruitful lessons and interactive workshops. Considering the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, lectures may be moved online or re-scheduled. Please find the intended schedule below.
  • 1

    Turin in Italy, 25-30 January 2021

    During the first teaching module in Turin, Italy, teaching focus will be set on rural regeneration, digital humanities, ICT for cultural and natural heritage, and impact assessment for rural regeneration.

  • 2

    Crete in Greece, 7-11 June 2021

    During the second teaching module in Crete, Greece, the master's programme will arrange several workshops. The students will learn more about and how to manage the tools developed within the RURITAGE project.

  • 3

    Bologna in Italy, 3-15 November 2021

    During the third module in Bologna, Italy, will look at rural regeneration, digital humanities, ICT for cultural and natural heritage, impact assessment for rural regeneration, as well as cultural ecosystem services and sustainability.

    The final exam will take place in Bologna/or online on the 18 December 2021.

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Course responsible

RURITAGE is very proud to present experts within different fields of cultural and natural heritage throughout Europe.

Simona Tondelli

The first director of the professional Master programme “Heritage for rural regeneration” and full professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Bologna (UNIBO).

Rosa Tamborrino

Scientific Responsible for Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) and full professor teaching Digital History

Course teachers

Aitziber Egusquiza Ortega


Alessia Mariotti

Associate professor in Economic Geography at UNIBO.

Angela Santangelo

Junior assistant professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Bologna (UNIBO).

Anna-Maria Saarela

Senior Research Professor, Savonia University Applied Sciences

Annegreth Dietze-Schirdewahn

Professor at the Norweigan School of Landscape Architecture (NMBU).

Charalampos Fassoulas

Special Teaching staff at University of Crete, Greece; Curator of Geological and Paleontological Collections, Head of Geodiverisity dep., Natural History Museum of Crete.

Claudia de Luca

Claudia is a PhD student at the University of Bologna (UNIBO).

David Olmedo

Industrial engineer at CARTIF.

Elisa Conticelli

Junior assistant professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Bologna (UNIBO).

Francisco Barrientos

Computer science engineer at CARTIF.

Giulia Sonetti

Assistant professor at Politecnico di Torino.

James Donlon

Unit Manager – National and International Enterprise and Innovation Projects, WestBIC

John Martin

Head of Research Support and Development at the University of Plymouth.

Marta Bottero

Full professor in Planning Evaluation and Project Appraisal at the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning of Politecnico di Torino.

Michał Pająk

Senior Game Designer at Centre for Systems Solutions.

Patrizia Lombardi

Full Professor of Decision making for sustainable development goals and Deputy Rector of Politecnico di Torino.

Pedro Martin Lerones

Senior Researcher, working in CARTIF, currently managing the Heritage Area.

Prospero Gulli

Coordinator – Branding & Marketing Strategy at Borghi Italia Tour Network-BITN.

Rosa Maria Musco

Founder and Head of External Relations and International Trade of Borghi Italia Tour Network-BITN.

Sara Torabi Moghadam

Postdoctoral researcher at S3+Lab of Politecnico di Torino.

Spyridon Staridas

Specializes in thematic mapping, storytelling with maps and WebGIS solutions.

Tuomo Eskelinen

RDI expert, Savonia University Applied Sciences