In the frame of the EDUU Project – WP2, a training course was held in Qadisiyah University between the 16th and the 23rd of April 2018.

The course (Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Spreading of Awareness) was attended by students, researchers, professors, officials and functionaries from the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage (SBAH), as well as community leaders from different centers and associations. The lessons were held at the University of Qadisiyah (QU) by professors and experts in the field of cultural heritage. The remote sensing classes were based on the protocols established by the Chair of Geomatics and Remote Sensing held by prof. Gabriele Bitelli. The total lenght of the course was 30 hours.

The aims of the course were:

  • To raise of awareness of the importance of cultural heritage in the region of Qadisiyah.

  • To suggest some methods for preserving the cultural legacy of the region.

  • To increase the participation of the civil society in the local cultural heritage.

  • To provide some skills for a career in the field of archaeology.


 Themain topics of the sessions of the course were focused on:

  • An overview on the Arabic cultural heritage, in particular on Islamic manuscripts. Some of the modern techniques for organizing and preserving the manuscripts have been provided.
  • The use of some modern technologies in archaeology, such as the GIS, drones, etc.
  • Some concepts on marketing strategies and the use of multimedia for the communication and promotion of the local cultural heritage.
  • The role of governmental institutions for the protection of cultural heritage. Some hints on how the civil society can collaborate with the institutions and contribute to the same aim have been suggested.

The course was organized into frontal lectures, some practical workshops and a guided tour to some areas of the city of Diwaniyah.