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Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation

INVITATION : opening academic year 2016 2017


The staff of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation is very pleased to invite you to the opening of the academic year 2016-2017 on Monday 26 September 2016 at 16:45 in Auditorium De Molen (Kasteelpark Arenberg 51, 3001 Leuven)

The guest lecture entitled "Earthen architecture in today's world : a challenge for conservation" will be given by Prof. Mariana Correia (Portugal). 

The event is followed by a reception to which you are all invited, kindly confirm your presence by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Invitation and programme.

We are looking forward to welcoming you !


RLICC Newsletter Issue 18 - Autumn 2016 - 40th anniversary edition



by Minja Yang, President of the RLICC

I wish to welcome the students of the academic year 2016 - 2017 as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC). Heritage, in definition as well as in relevance to contemporary society has indeed evolved over the past 4 decades. From architectural masterpieces protected by governments, which was the main object of concern to heritage conservators, today the focus has shifted to the management for the sustainable use of heritage monuments and sites as part of a wider process of environmental protection. Hence continued 'use' has become the principal aim today for heritage sites whether a monument, or cluster of structures or a precinct in an urban or rural area, or cultural landscapes of various types that stretch over vast territories-whether static or evolutionary, contiguous or scattered. We, as heritage managers are therefore constantly concerned with the question of what use, and who the users of heritage are. The principal investors of heritage, almost everywhere in the world, have become promoters of tourism, whose concerns are generally more for enhancement than conservation. Thus, while tourism is indeed one of the fastest growing economic sector and generator of employment today, utmost care is needed not to falsify that heritage, neither in its tangible nor intangible form, and to maintain its authenticity, by promoting knowledgebased tourism to promote cultural dialogue and mutual understanding and appreciation.

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Group photo celebration 40 years RLICC - September 12, 2016



40 years Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation


It is our great pleasure to announce that the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) will celebrate its 40th anniversary in Leuven on Monday September 12th 2016.

On behalf of the President and the staff of the Centre we are very pleased to invite you to join us at the occasion of this special celebration !

In 1976 the late Prof. Raymond Lemaire established an institute to disseminate the interest in built cultural heritage preservation worldwide through interdisciplinary training and to promote reflection on the integration of heritage in today's society – for tomorrow's generations. No less than 800 students from 70 countries have studied heritage preservation in the spirit of interdisciplinary and international learning at the RLICC. Nowadays many of those alumni work in the heritage field, have leading positions in national or international organisations, manage or work in architectural offices, in private consultancies, at academic institutions or for public authorities.

The anniversary meeting on September 12th will bring together representatives of various organisations and authorities in the field of heritage as well as several alumni of the RLICC.
On Monday morning, Prof. Rik Torfs, Rector of the University of Leuven, and representatives of several renowned international organisations will highlight the role of international, multidisciplinary education and research for cultural heritage management and development. In the afternoon, four panels composed of RLICC alumni of different nationalities, backgrounds and cohorts will have an interactive discussion on the dynamics of international, national and local organisations as well as education, research and professional activities.

Venue :
University Halls (first floor)
Naamsestraat 22
3000 Leuven

Download the program.

Register here.
(registration fee is 50 € incl. lunch and closing reception)

We look forward to welcoming you here in Leuven !


RLICC Newsletter Issue 17, Spring 2016



by Minja Yang, President of the RLICC

Forty years has passed since the establishment of the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), integrated within KU Leuven since 1981 after its initial years in Bruges. The advanced Masters of Science degree in the Conservation of Monuments and Sites continues to promote Prof. Lemaire's vision of heritage conservation and enhancement with an interdisciplinary approach, where conservation is regarded as part of the development process and anchored within the context of their urban and rural territorial setting for the benefit of the inhabitants. This key message of Prof. Lemaire has been transmitted throughout the world through the Centre's graduates numbering just over 800 from some 70 countries during its 40 years of existence. Our graduates, who have assumed positions of responsibility in their respective national services or in international and regional institutions, and as practioners working in many parts of the world have all emphasized the value of the interdisciplinarytraining they have received at RLICC. Many have also contributed actively in the evolution of heritage conservation principles and norms through associations such as ICOMOS, where Prof. Lemaire had played a pioneering role, notably in the drafting of the Venice Charter which opened the path towards the "unfreezing" of heritage towards the now accepted notion of "heritage–in-movement".

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Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Master of Conservation

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa


Students from South Africa who would like to study at the RLICC can apply for a ema2sa or 'Erasmus Mundus Action 2 for South Africa' scholarship.
Please visit  www.ema2sa.eu for more detailed information