Brief about CultTech
The Cultural Heritage Materials and Technologies - CultTech MSc program provides a unique learning experience in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Heritage Management through a demanding syllabus taught by accredited Professors and Senior Researchers.
It runs since 2015 using an extensive network of 20 affiliated institutions, 27 teaching staff members and produces annually 3 peer-review papers and 5 symposia presentations.
CultTech operates within the Peloponnese, an advanced natural and cultural environment that hosts a plethora of historical, archaeological sites and monuments. A key issue for CultTech is its orientation towards hands-on research thus offering post-graduate research training and the potential of the implementation of a diploma dissertation closely related or within ongoing research projects.
The programme is a collaboration between the Department of History, Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management, University of the Peloponnese, the National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos and the National Observatory of Athens. The official language of the programme is English. The duration is one academic year for taught courses and one semester for the implementation of the thesis research.
During the Academic Year, educational visits to the National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos and the National Observatory of Athens are scheduled for MSc students as well as field trips around the Peloponnese region and Navarino Environmental Observatory at Costa Navarino Pylos.
Students from the fields of archaeology, cultural heritage management, conservation, materials science and engineering are welcomed to apply.
The course is taught on the University’s historic campus in Kalamata, the second largest city in the Peloponnese. Kalamata is located at the center of the Messinian Bay and at the foot of the breathtaking Mount Taygetos. Students attending the CultTech MSc program have the opportunity to live and attend courses near the city’s center and only a short walk from the endless beachfront.
In contrast to its size, Kalamata remains a picturesque seaside town true to its culture and traditions. From folk dancing, traditional cuisine to paragliding and hiking adventures students can experience the essence of Kalamata city, sea and mountain. About 10% of the city’s population (80,000) are students registered in the two higher educational institutions in the city: The University of the Peloponnese and the Technical Educational Institute of the Peloponnese, which recently merged and create the largest University in Greece. The city offers a vast variety of cultural and sport activities, as well as nightlife options. Kalamata is also known as the national capital of modern dance, hosting annually for the past 25 years, the International Kalamata Dance Festival.
The CultTech campus is located in the city center, a short distance from the beach offering a wide variety of commercial housing options for all budgets and preferences. Although the University of the Peloponnese does not offer accommodation for its graduate students Kalamata has a significant undergraduate and graduate student population, around 8.000 students, creating a very good market for rentals. An indicative price for a fully furnished one-bedroom apartment ranges between 200-250 euros per month including rent, electricity, water and heating.
The city of Kalamata was awarded the 2018 Best City Award (Gold & Bronze) for its infrastructure that create a modern bicycling and pedestrian network, making walking and
cycling the best ways of getting around. Recently the Municipality began a bicycle sharing service using a phone app with 7 stations around the city including just outside the Kalamata campus. Local Buses run frequent services across the city with four different lines. Each bus line runs approximately every 30 minutes. The fare costs 1 euro. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks or inside the bus. Bus schedules @ http://astikoktelkalamatas.gr/ (in Greek) and Facebook page
Market and Gastronomy
Kalamata is a remarkably cultural and vibrant city. The traditional Messenian cuisine is present everywhere and at the same time the city has evolved into a gastronomic destination for every preference.
The Municipality Food Market offers fresh, local products at very affordable prices. Street food is made fresh all day and in some cases all night, with a traditional cheese pie for 1€ or a souvlaki pita at only 2.50€
Apart from the endless choices the University lounge offers three course meals for 2.50€ twice a day, for lunch and dinner. The meals include fresh seasonal salads, vegetarian dishes, traditional Messenian dishes, fruit and desserts, all in the frame of a balanced Mediterranean menu. The campus is situated in the north east part of the city with neighboring municipal sports facilities that can be used after registration with the University student card. Small coffee shops can be found around campus also offering affordable light fresh meals and juices as well as three super markets within walking distance, from two to five minutes.
Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to study in Greece. However, students from non-EU countries need to obtain a student visa. In order to do so, the chosen University in Greece, which must be an institution certified by the Greek Ministry of Education, is required to provide an official acceptance letter. For the remaining procedure students should contact the Greek Embassy in their country, or consult the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, for a detailed list of the documents required for a student visa.
Health and Safety
All international students have access to the National Health Care System in Greece including free of charge hospital and medical health care services (Government Gazette 117/7-9-83 issue A’). The Kalamata General Hospital is a modern, fully equipped and well-staffed hospital 7 km from the city.