EDUU – Education and Cultural Heritage Management for Social Cohesion in Iraq

EuropeAid - Civil Society Organisations-Local Authorities Programme in Iraq 2015-2017)


Eduu is the verb "to know" in the Akkadian language that was spoken in ancient Mesopotamia between the 3rd and the 1st millennia BCE. The EDUU project seeks to create an EU-Iraq partnership in the area of education and cultural heritage enhancement, connecting universities, secondary schools, and museums. This partnership will work together with the aim of enhancing the pluralism of Iraqi civil society, raising awareness on the diverse and multicultural past of Iraq.

EDUU has five specific objectives:

1) To increase the knowledge of pre-Islamic societies in Iraq through archaeological and environmental research in the governorates of Al-Qadisiyah, Wasit and Mosul and raise awareness on Iraqi cultural heritage;

2) To better protect cultural heritage and to promote its use as a tool for dialogue between different sectors of society by improving the skills of SBAH personnel and community leaders;

3) To promote interest in the common cultural heritage and identity of Iraqi society among younger generations through courses in secondary schools and rural communities;

4) To improve the local museum assets and engage civil society in cultural heritage initiatives promoted by museums;

5) To promote and disseminate in Iraq and also internationally the value of cultural heritage as a tool for community building;

These objectives will be achieved by sharing knowledge and expertise, and by improving the technical and management capacity of target groups, final beneficiaries and of course the partners themselves;

Project duration

Unibo Team Leader
Prof. Nicolò Marchetti

Scientific responsible for the Department
Prof. Nicolò Marchetti

Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna – Department of History and Cultures


- Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna (Italy);
- University of Turin (Italy);

- CRAST – Centro di Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino per il Medio Oriente e l’Asia (Italy);

- University o Baghdad (Iraq);

- University of Kufa (Iraq);

- University of Al-Qadisiyah (Iraq);

- SBAH - State Board for Antiquities and Heritage (Iraq) (Associated Partner);

- UNESCO Youth Committee (Associated Partner);


Euro 1.346.407

Level II ERC sectors **:

SH5; SH6;