“Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets”, is an online certificate programme prepared in cooperation with Koc University and SARAT (Safeguarding Archaeological Assets of Turkey) Project under the management of the British Institute at Ankara.


This programme is a first in Turkey and the world in respect to its rich content integrating theoretical and practical information regarding safeguarding archaeological assets. Online system to be provided by Koc University enables participants to follow lectures at the convenient time and place for themselves. Training language is Turkish and the programme is free. Those who successfully complete the course will be awarded with Koc University participation certificate. 


Programme’s Objective:


Activities to sustainably safeguard archaeological assets against risks posed by humans and nature in the world have been increasing day by day. The path of safeguarding activities is promotion of archaeological assets, being prepared for potential risks and close follow-up of studies carried out on this matter across the world. 


This programme aims to gain participants competence and practical abilities with current methods in the World with regards to safeguarding and rescuing archaeological assets. In the meantime, it offers an opportunity to deeply examine cultural assets of Turkey.


The course will provide thorough information about the importance of sustainable safeguarding, national and international regulations, things to do in case of disaster and emergency in museums and archaeological sites and UNESCO World Heritage. Besides, subjects such as emergency conservation, photography, documentation and digital safeguarding are addressed. 



For whom is the programme designed for?


  • Safeguarding and Rescuing Archaeological Assets Online Certificate Programme is designed with the aim of helping building capacity and knowledge of professionals working in a field related with cultural assets and preferably studied archaeology, museology, history of art, cultural heritage, history, conservation, architecture, urban planning and tourism.
  • Those who did not receive high education in the fields indicated above or in similar fields and yet working in jobs related with cultural heritage and especially archaeology can apply to the programme.
  • The curriculum is at postgraduate degree level. Postgraduate and doctorate students in related fields and in exceptional cases final year undergraduate students can apply to the programme to enhance their capacity and knowledge.



How to apply and enrol?


  • As a result of the application assessments, SARAT Project will inform participants entitled to enrol in the programme by e-mail.
  • Koc University will send an electronic access link of the programme to e-mails of participants entitled to enrol.


Structure of the Programme


  • The programme comprised of 5 departments and 20 courses will be open to first-term participants’ access from 1 April to 31 May.
  • Within this period, participants can pursue the courses as intensively as they like according to their own schedules.
  • Courses generally last for 50 minutes and at the end of each course, participants are required to reply multiple choice test questions.
  • Participants can repeat test questions until they find the right answers; and yet it is not possible to pass onto the prospective course without correctly answering a certain number of questions.
  • Since courses within the programme are listed according to a subject flow, it is not possible to pursue courses by skipping or to start in the middle.
  • Those who successfully complete all courses and tests are entitled for the certificate.
  • During the term, participants will be supported on both technical subjects and content and their questions will be answered.


What, how and when to obtain?


  • Participants can download presentations containing content of the course, text of the course and a one-page summary, and form an archive for themselves.
  • Course videos will only be available on the platform during the semester. They are not downloadable.


How many times will the programme be online?


  • Programme terms are as follows. According to interest, it will be possible to open new terms.
  • 1 April -31 May
  • 10 June - 10 August
  • 2 September - 2 November
  • 4 November - 4 January


Course Programme