Insights into the certificate course "Cultural Management"

 


Certificate Ceremony 2020/21

On January 30th 2021 this year's certificate ceremony of the certificate course "Cultural Management" took place. This fifth year of the postgraduate program 16 participants successfully completed the certificate course.

The scientific leadership team, Leonie Hodkevitch and Peter Schweitzer, held their ceremonial speeches where they reflected on the past semester in the postgraduate program and praised the participants' performance and achievements. This was accompanied by congratulatory and personal words regarding each of the graduates' projects. Afterwards two graduates, Cailin Wilke and Leonora Scheib, held speeches and shared their thoughts and experiences in the past semester in the certificate course. You can find some images from the closing ceremony below where guests of the graduates also joined to celebrate their accomplishments.

Congratulations to our 16 successful graduates!

 


Video-Interview with Scientific Coordinator Leonie Hodkevitch

What makes the certificate course "Culture Management" special? 

The scientific coordinator of the certificate course “Culture Management”, Mag. Leonie Hodkevitch, answered 4 questions about the postgraduate program offered at the University of Vienna.

You can watch the video here to find out more about the perspectives and special features of the certificate course.

 


Peter Schweitzer wins European Research Council’s Advanced Grant

Peter Schweitzer, the scientific director of the certificate course "Cultural Management", wins European Research Council’s Advanced Grant. Congratulations!

"ERC grants enable cutting-edge research and are an important indicator of a university's international competitiveness." - Rektor Heinz W. Engl.

For further information you can visit this website. Here is also a link for more input about the European Research Council.


Certificate Ceremony 2019/20

On January 25th 2020 the certificate ceremony of the certificate course "Cultural Management" took place at the Aula at the Campus of the University of Vienna. This cycle 15 participants successfully graduated.

After opening words from the program manager, Salome Manolas, the scientific leadership team, Leonie Hodkevitch and Peter Schweitzer, held their festive speeches where they reflected on the past semester and praised the participants' work. Then the scientific leadership awarded the certificates to the successful graduates accompanied by congratulatory and personal words regarding each of the graduates' projects. Afterwards two graduates, Mirjana Glusac and Anna Camille Ignacio, held speeches regarding their experiences in the past semester in the certificate course. At the end of the official certificate ceremony, the alumni had the opportunity to network at the buffet.

Congratulations to our 15 successful graduates!

Click here for more details about the certificate course.


10 Questions with Peter Schweitzer

The scientific director of the certificate course "Cultural Management", Peter Schweitzer, answered 10 questions of the University of Vienna about his most important scientific findings and his advice to today´s first-year students, among other things. You can watch the video here


Interview with the scientific leadership team of the certificate course

Short interview with the scientific leadership team of the certificate course "Cultural Management" 
Mag. Leonie Hodkevitch and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Schweitzer

 

Which competencies do the participants acquire in the certificate course "Cultural Management"?

Peter Schweitzer (PS): First and foremost, participants can expect to acquire skills, specific skills that are needed for project management. And you know, the bread and butter of it is how to translate creative ideas into a working project - that includes time management, budgets, know who your funders are etc. But more broadly, you will gain the knowledge to understand the sectors, the cultural, the social sectors in which you want to work. Many of these sectors are located in urban environments, so understanding urban development, creative communities, community engagement is a very important feature of the competencies we want to pass on. And last but not least, it is very much about international connections, and this also means working in international contexts.

Leonie Hodkevitch (LH): Yes so working globally, and also working professionally. Usually when you prepare for a classical career you have some study that prepares you fully for this. If you want to become a doctor, you study medicine. You study law to become an attorney. But for people in the creative and cultural sector who want to become cultural workers, project managers – it is hard for them to collect all the skills, and quite often they go through experiences that are not pleasant for them, and this is what we would like to avoid. We prepare them, in a professional way, for the cultural and social sector.

 

What is the target group of this certificate course?

PS: The classical target group for this course are people who already now work in the cultural or creative field, the cultural industries broadly speaking - be it film production, musical theater, a museum or something similar. At the same time, we understand culture more broadly, including the social field, NGOs, and other social initiatives. The non-profit sector is what we are targeting. But this also includes international organizations, and fields of cultural diplomacy.

LH: Yes, and actually, in all different sectors, many people want to change from their current career. They feel the inner desire to make something in culture and social work, and we are welcoming them too, and we are supporting them. Basically we address ourselves with this course to everybody who has a dream that they pursue, be it in the culture or social field, something for the world or themselves or their self-realization in their career. These people are right with us.


What makes this postgraduate program special?

LH: This program is really special because it is first of all very practical. It is hands-on. We go through the most relevant aspects of cultural and social project management, with also some innovative aspects in it. The people who teach, the speakers, the docents they all work in the field. They speak from a very long, very valuable, very rich experience. And the material is also organized so that the people acquire skills and tools for working in the cultural or social field. The other special thing is that it is very international. The docents but also the participants come from all over the world. And not only do you learn from different disciplines, from different cultures but also you gain a valuable international network, which is key in culture. And it is also very intense.

PS: You could say that. Other courses may take a whole semester to give you similar skills. Our certificate course is a lot of work, a lot of intense work for the participants in a relatively short period. It is primarily on weekends, which also means that you don’t have to quit your job, and you can do it after work. And despite all the hard work that we will have to put in, we can tell you that it will be fun. 


Wordrap with Peter Schweitzer, scientific director of the certificate course "Cultural Management"

As a social anthropologist the engagement with Cultural Management is exciting because …… it brings one of the central notions of the discipline - namely "culture" - into focus and explores the practicalities of "doing culture".

A valuable lesson from my (field) research was …
... that, for many minority groups around the world, the notion of culture is closely tied to their identities.

My favorite part of the certificate course "Cultural Management" is …
… to enable other people to explore and enjoy their creativity and make it part of their career paths.

I would recommend the certificate course "Cultural Management" to …
… people who are ready to open a new chapter in their lives, one in which culture and creativity will be central; and/or to people who are already doing exactly that and want to bring it to the next level.

The following quote defines the term "Culture" …
… "If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it." (Johan Huizinga)

 


Certificate Ceremony 2018/19

On January 21st 2019 the certificate ceremony of the certificate course "Cultural Management" took place at the Old Chapel at the Campus of the University of Vienna. In total 13 participants successfully graduated this year.

After opening words from the Program Manager, Salome Quinhones-Hall, the scientific leadership team, Leonie Hodkevitch and Peter Schweitzer, praised the graduates' work in their festive speeches. After reflections from two graduates, Christine Schelle and Menno van Duuren, about the past semester, the scientific leadership team presented the certificates to all the graduates. Their official presentation of the certificates was accompanied by congratulatory words and short, humoristic anectodes.

After the official ceremony, the alumni and guests were invited to network at the buffet.

Click here for more details about the certificate course.


Wordrap with Leonie Hodkevitch, scientific coordinator of the certificate Course "Cultural Management

Cultural Management is an exciting field of work because... ...it enables people to shape their careers so that they love their work, pursue great artistic and social goals, succeed in unique projects and engage in creating a better world.

New goals can best be reached through... 
...a change of perspective.

Intercultural Communication means to me... 
...absorbing the multiple benefits of different cultures, working in an exciting atmosphere, and, if we think big, secure peace.

The following quote represents Cultural Management... 
..."Begin anywhere" (John Updike).
It has encouraged many participants, colleagues and myself to go for what you believe in. And to make this John Updike aphorism more structured, in our course, we offer a step-by-step program for achieving the participants’ project and career Goals.

 


Certificate Ceremony 2017/18

On January 30th 2018 the certificate ceremony of the certificate course "Cultural Management" took place at the "Alte Kapelle" at the Campus of the University of Vienna. In total 22 participants successfully graduated.

Nino Tomaschek, director of the Postgraduate Center, opened the ceremony. In their celebratory speech, the scientific leadership team, Leonie Hodkevitch and Peter Schweitzer praised the graduates' achievements and handed over the certificates. Their congratulatory words were accompanied by humoristic anectodes.

After the official ceremony, the alumni had the opportunity to network at the buffet.

Click here for more details about the certificate course.


Certificate Ceremony 2016/17

On the 30th of January the first certificate ceremony of the certificate course "Cultural Management" took place at the "Alte Kapelle" at the Campus of the University of Vienna. In total 19 participants successfully graduated.

Nino Tomaschek, director of the Postgraduate Center and Program Manager Dario Unterdorfer inaugurated the ceremony. After some graduates held a speech of thanks to the whole course team, the scientific leadership team, Leonie Hodkevitch and Peter Schweitzer handed over the academic certificates to the alumni. The ceremony was accompanied by humoristic anecdotes of the past semester and reflected the familiar but professional relationship between the course team and the graduates. After the official ceremony the alumni and their guests had the chance to network and discuss further action at the buffet.

The certificate course "Cultural Management" started in October 2016 for the frist time and will hereafter start every autumn. Applications are welcome any time.