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Great interest in the online certificate programme ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’

The online certificate programme ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’ prepared within the scope of the SARAT (Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey) project, received more than 1000 applications within the first 24 hours of its announcement from all over Turkey and beyond. The SARAT project is led by the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA) and the course was prepared in collaboration with Koç University.

 ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’ is realised by SARAT Project partner institutions. SARAT (Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey) is funded by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Programme content was prepared collaboratively by the experts of the partnering institutions – the British Institute at Ankara (BIAA), the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), and the UK Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM UK) – and is being offered through Koç University’s online educational programs.

The ‘Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets’ programme started accepting applications for its first session on Thursday 14 March 2019, via the SARAT Project website ( There has been immense interest for the programme from professionals and students working in fields related to cultural assets like archaeology, museology, art history, cultural heritage, history, conservation, architecture, and urban planning. In five days, the number of applications surpassed 2000.

A first in Turkey: Turkish language and Online

For the first time in Turkey, an educational programme on archaeology and cultural assets is offered online, for free and in Turkish. The 20-episode programme aims at building capacity for participants from Turkey and elsewhere by presenting theoretical and practical knowledge on safeguarding archaeological assets.

The course contains extensive information regarding the importance of protecting archaeological assets and securing their sustainability, national and international laws and regulations, the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well as episodes dealing with measures in case of emergency and disaster situations at museums and archaeological sites. The programme includes a section on hands-on training such as emergency conservation, photography, documentation, and digital protection. Video-recorded interviews with experts in the field are presented within every episode.

A certificate from Koç University

The online system provided by Koç University enables participants to follow classes remotely and at a time of their own choosing during the registered period. Those who complete the programme successfully are entitled to a certificate from Koç University. The first session of the programme will begin soon and run for two months.

Additional sessions to be made available

The Online Certificate Programme on Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets is expected to be offered over four sessions. The first two-month session will begin in the coming days, followed by a planned three more sessions in between summer 2019 and winter 2020. Calls for applications for the upcoming sessions will be announced on the project’s website. Due to great interest in the first offering, there might be more calls for participation than planned.