Since 2002 The Thor Heyerdahl Institute and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have worked together on a number of projects.
GCU is the second largest university in Scotland with 15 000 students from more than 70 countries in its eight different schools.
Co-operation with GCU has led to the establishment of an interdisciplinary Masters Degree (MSc) in Cultural Heritage Studies, with scholarships from the county councils of Telemark and Vestfold available for Norwegian students wishing to take the course. The programme also participates formally in the European ERASMUS student exchange scheme. From 2004-2008 the co-operation with GCU also included the BTV project – a regional development project aimed at promoting cultural monuments as tourist destinations in Buskerud, Telemark and Vestfold.
Since 2009 the partnership between GCU and the Institute has included international seminars, reports, analyses and lectures in Norway and abroad.
The aim for the future is to continue to develop the MSc in Cultural Heritage Studies at a Norwegian university or university college.