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Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation

RLICC Newsletter Issue 16, Autumn 2015



by Koen Van Balen, Director of the RLICC

Major events today pose new challenges to us as citizens and as professionals. Some seem far away from our daily personal life or professional concerns. What about the massive migrations going on from various continent to Europe or within Europe? One of the pressures that initiate those migrations come from imposing regimes that disregards tolerance and diversity. They can't live with a the idea that societies are constructions based on diverse rich historical and continuously evolving cultures. Their leaders justify imposed rules and acts of destruction with so called religious rules resulting into a society based on intolerance, unilateral discrimination of women and of people with divergent (religious) opinions. They wipe out heritage as to create uniform, unilaterally constructed images of reality, in an attempt to justify intolerance by "what has always been" and was given by "a god". In short it seems that the transcendence of heritage with its socio-economic, cultural and historical layers is an obstacle while at the same time attempts are made to create a new "heritage" that is justified by beliefs and interpretation of "ancient" (religious) writings.

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New students academic year 2015 2016


On behalf of the RLICC staff, a warm welcome to all new students !


"Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe" project


The Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation and the partners of the EU-funded project "Cultural Heritage Counts for Europe" (CHCFE) have revealed their final results and publications at the 2015 European Heritage Congress held in June 2015 in Oslo, Norway.

The short and full report outline the main findings and strategic recommendations for tapping into heritage's full potential by providing compelling evidence of the value of cultural heritage and its impact on Europe's economy, culture, society and the environment.

We are glad to share the link to the report :
CHCFE report


Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites : apply now !

-       Have you always been interested in heritage and conservation?
-       Do you have an initial master’s degree (or equivalent) in architecture, (art)history, archaeology, geography, civil engineering or other relevant discipline ?
-       Would you like to join an international & multidisciplinary program ?

Then maybe the advanced “Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites” (MCMS) might be just the right program for you .

This English taught program starts in September and is spread over three semesters.

Interested ?
More information about this master after master program, application requirements & deadline can be found in the left window pane.


#Unite4Heritage Campaign

To build a better future for all, we must save the past we hold in common.

Show your support : www.unite4heritage.org

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Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Master of Conservation

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa


Students from South Africa who would like to study at the RLICC can apply for a ema2sa or 'Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa' scholarship.
Please visit  www.ema2sa.eu for more detailed information