The Thor Heyerdahl Institute and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have worked together on a number of projects since 2002.
GCU is the second largest university in Scotland, with 15 000 students from more than 70 different countries studying at the university’s eight academic schools. The partnership between GCU and the Institute has offered its expertise in the context of a project on cultural monuments and value creation in Buskerud, Telemark, Vestfold and Larvik. It has also played an active role in promoting opportunities for a Masters Degree at Vestfold University College in Larvik Municipality.
The co-operation with GCU has led to the establishment of a multi-disciplinary Masters Degree, MSc Cultural Heritage Studies, with scholarships from the counties of Telemark and Vestfold available for Norwegian students wishing to follow the degree course. It has also secured the formalisation of a European ERASMUS student-exchange programme. From 2004-2008 the co-operation included the BTV project – a 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 and develop the MSc in Cultural Heritage Studies at a Norwegian university or university college.