BANUU – Designing new pathways for employability and entrepreneurship of Iraqi students in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Program (2019)


The BANUU project aims at contributing to the improvement of the students’ employability in the field of Humanities in Iraq by creating new pathways of cooperation between Universities and the public and enterprise sectors. This will be the result of six specific practical objectives connected with the different WPs of the project:

1- Creation of a national framework for designing and implementing internships in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Iraq;

2- Creation of new pathways to enhance Iraqi students’ transversal skills (focus on entrepreneurial skills);

3- Piloting of the new frameworks and pathways in 3 specific sectors: Preventive Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management and Cultural Tourism;

4- Re-drafting of the learning outcomes of Iraqi BA and MA degree programs involving external partners as co-producers of knowledge.

5- Strengthening of the relations between HEIs (Universities, Ministry) and the wider national economic and social environment.

6- Creating a favorable legal, administrative, and financial environment in which HEIs can draft comprehensive agreements and contracts with external partners

Project duration

Unibo Team Leader
Prof. Nicolò Marchetti

Scientific responsible for the Department
Prof. Nicolò Marchetti

 Coordinator/Coordinatore/Responsabile Nazionale
Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna – Department of History and Cultures


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

- Koç University (Turkey)

- University o Baghdad (Iraq);

- University of Kufa (Iraq);

- University of Al-Qadisiyah (Iraq);

- University of Mosul (Iraq);

- Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Iraq (Iraq);


Euro 957.940.

Level II ERC sectors **:

SH5; SH6; SH1;