New Doctoral Programmes for Restorers

9. 9. 2021

The University of Pardubice (UPCE) and the University of Chemistry and Technology (UCT), in cooperation with CTU in Prague, are about to offer entirely new doctoral study programmes for restorers. The Faculty of Restoration of UPCE, which is based in Litomyšl, and the Faculty of Chemical Technology of UCT Prague will thus accept first graduates who will continue their education in the doctoral study programme Conservation Sciences in the Care of Tangible Cultural Heritage.

“We want to educate experts according to the current requirements of modern conservation. We put stress on a scientific approach, interdisciplinarity, and the use of modern methods as well as systematic procedures in the research and care of tangible cultural heritage,” said Radomír Slovik, Dean of the Faculty of Restoring at the University of Pardubice, while adding: “The programme will offer training of new specialists for institutions working in heritage conservation, research, and even in higher education, such as the National Heritage Institute, museums, galleries, archives, libraries and universities.”

The comprehensive tertiary university-type education will have a standard four-year study period and take a full-time or combined form. Even ENCoRE (European Network for Conservation-Restoration Education), which brings together European universities active in this field, considers doctoral education in conservation and restoration of cultural heritage the top level of education for future professionals.

The two universities will have a multidisciplinary collaboration with the Faculty of Civil Engineering CTU within the framework of its master’s degree programme Architecture and Civil Engineering – namely the specialisation Conservation and Restoration of Monuments – and the Building Restoration of Monuments doctoral study programme. “It will enable students of both faculties to enrol in recognised professional lectures from other departments and gain further professional experience in related subjects,” says Prof. Mikuláš Hulec, Head of the Department of Architecture of the Faculty of Civil Engineering CTU, Prague.

The new programmes will be of particular interest to the graduates focused on restoration and conservation of tangible cultural heritage and other related master’s subjects in engineering, science, art or even humanities focused on heritage conservation. Its graduates will be competent to do complex basic and applied research or solve problems in conservation-restoration of significant cultural heritage pieces. Furthermore, they will be able to come up with and evaluate critically innovative solutions and be methodical and conceptual at implementing a highly professional and scientific or restoration approach while preserving the artistic authenticity of the work. They may hold any leading or coordinating positions within the field.

Mgr. Martina Macková, Promotion and External Affairs, University of Pardubice
Mgr. Michal Janovský, Department of Communication, UCT Prague
Mgr. Andrea Vondráková, Department of PR and Marketing, CTU Prague