The Euromachs course is big news for our university: only another "laurea magistrale" (2nd level degree) exists in Italy in the same class LM 43. The course is run at the University of Pisa but, unlike ours, it does not grant an international title.

Main objective of the course is promoting integration between the study of the european cultural heritage and the current developments in the ICT (information and communication technologies).

The course aim at training new specialists and experts capable of responding to the needs of Information Society for new contents and to master these skills effectively in the context of practical applications.

The course cultural direction got further encouragement from the recent approval from the Italian Parliament , on 25 June 2014, of the decree «Modifica al codice dei beni culturali e del paesaggio, di cui al decreto legislativo 22 gennaio 2004, n. 42, in materia di professionisti dei beni culturali, e istituzione di elenchi nazionali dei suddetti professionisti» (Modification of the code for cultural heritage and landscape), which decrees 'experts of science and technology applied to cultural heritage' are to be ranked among 'Professionals competent to carry out interventions on cultural assets'.

Another objective of the study program is the creation of a "European Area of ​​Higher Education" characterized by the interaction between a time-honored tradition of high quality academic studies focused on cultural heritage, European history and cultural diversity and the needs of contemporary society. Integrating the tradition of humanistic studies with information and communications technology helps to better suit the path of humanistic studies to the needs of the labor market, increasing employment prospects for graduates. This is in line with the strategy endorsed by the Lisbon “Council Conclusions on Culture as a Catalyst for Creativity and Innovation”.

The curriculum is mainly focused on methods for the production of content, as a key factor for the success of the information society and knowledge.

The Computer Science courses allow to gain considerable knowledge in the field of computer science applied to cultural heritage, from web technologies to the development of mobile applications, from databases and mapping systems integrated with databases (GIS) to augmented/virtual reality and multimedia production, from video game design to virtual modeling. Learning is guaranteed by lectures and hands-on classes. Verifications are performed by oral or written tests on specific topics developed during the courses.

The courses in the humanities area provide the opportunity to explore issues of archeology, art history and museology. The curriculum is supplemented by courses oriented towards the acquisition of skills in the field of management of cultural heritage and the European projects design. Such courses will provide the knowledge required to plan and promote european research programs.

The course offers the opportunity to spend one semester studying abroad at one of the three other partner universities (Coimbra, Graz, Turku). Internships and apprenticeships will be performed in the public and private companies that have already expressed interest in the educational project and willingness to cooperate with the University of Salento.

Career opportunities for graduates and professionals

The course aims at training specialists in the use of digital technologies applied to the cultural heritage area, with appropriate knowledge in the field of archaeological, historical and artistic research, capable of an high level interaction (both on a local or central base) with the italian “Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo” and analogous european ministries, with local authorities (regions, provinces, municipalities), with other agencies, institutions and public companies operating in the field of the study and protection, management, use, communication and enhancement of the cultural heritage.

Euromachs graduates will be able to apply for the following positions:

- Expert of digital technologies for Cultural Heritage (for public and private institutions);

- Popularizer of historical, archaeological, historical and artistic topics for publishers, radio and television, computer sites;

- Expert of databases and GIS technologies applied to Cultural Heritage;

- Expert of application of computer technologies to the study of ancient texts;

Seat of learning activities

The classes will be held at the campus Ecotekne (on the road Lecce - Monteroni, 5 Km from the centre of Lecce) and at the headquarters of the Department of Cultural Heritage in via Dalmazio Birago, 64 in Lecce.

Scientific supervisors

Grazia Semeraro, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Dept. Cultural Heritage, University of Salento;

Franco Tommasi, Professor of Information Processing Systems, Dept. Of Engineering for Innovation - University of Salento.