10/10/2003 European Diploma in Cultural Project Management proposed by the Foundation Marcel Hicter in Brussels: launch of application procedures for the 2004-2005 session
  The European Diploma in Cultural Project Management is a pan-European training programme arising from the will to foster cultural diversity and cross-regional exchanges in Europe.

The objective is threefold:

> To strengthen the knowledge of cultural managers about European, national and regional cultural policies;
> To improve cultural manager's skills;
> To develop a network of regional cultural managers.

This year, 20 professionals from 18 countries are taking part in the European Diploma. Since 1989, 320 cultural managers from 41 countries followed this course.

The programme is supported by the Council of Europe and the European Union. The Foundation Marcel Hicter is the organizer and manager of the course.

Who is the training for?
Cultural managers from public or private organizations who are actively involved in the management of cultural and artistic projects in their region, with at least 3 years experience.

The training languages being French and English, applicants must be fluent in one of these working languages and have a good passive knowledge of the other. The age limit is 45.

Content and Organization
The programme lasts one year and is organized in 3 phases: residential sessions, practical training, and an evaluation + seminar phase.

The residential sessions
Two sessions of a fortnight which take place in two different countries each year. The next training session will be organised in Austria + Slovakia from the 11th till the 23d of May 2004, and in Senegal (to be confirmed), during the second part of October 2004.
The themes, which will be discussed, are: Europe and culture; project management, cultural cooperation, operational management of cultural projects, fund raising etc.

Between the residential sessions and the evaluation phase, the trainees return to their jobs in their countries, and in parallel work on their own project. They also have to do a comparative study visit in another region of Europe.

The evaluation/seminar phase
This one-week phase takes place each year at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (Greece). It includes the analysis of the participants' experiences and capacities, the presentation of their projects and the organization of a thematic seminar. It will take place in June 2005.

Financial participation
Most of the expenses for this training programme are covered by the organizer and partners.Each participant will pay a fee of EUR 3.000.

Deadline for application: 15 Jannuary 2004

Complete application form 2004/2005 (to download from www.fondation-hicter.org).
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