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Germany aims to protect cultural heritage of north Africa

Germany and Egypt are collaborating to create a masters degree for the management of cultural heritage sites, in the hope of safeguarding monuments in conflict-ridden countries.

The degree, Heritage Conservation and Site Management, will be funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and taught jointly by Egypt’s Helwan University and the German Archaeological Institute. It will combine classical archaeology with modern management and tourism aspects, and will focus primarily on Egypt and Tunisia, according to the DAAD.

The course is intended to help modernise training for heritage site managers in north Africa, which should result in more careful and protective management of the many cultural sites in the region, the DAAD added.

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