In this programme there are 6 participating institutions: University of Zagreb, Croatia, University of Zadar, Croatia, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, University of Vienna, Austria, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia, and Constantine the Philosopher University Nitra, Slovakia. Students from all these institutions will participate in the course. Teachers will come from 2 institutions – University of Ljubljana and University of Vienna. Beside impact of the course itself, it will provide a good opportunity for students to get acquainted with the other European curricula, teachers and students.
Since Croatian Universities recently joined Erasmus as full participants, these institutions will experience a major benefit, because it will be the first joint European project for them at this level in Archaeology programme. The programme would provide a good example of what joint European project can offer, and how cooperation and mobility between students and teachers can improve individual curricula.
Even though the partners in the programme are from archaeological departments, it is not focused strictly to archaeological problems and research. Digital technologies covered in this course have much wider application and significance, than for archaeological research. Digital technologies such as GIS are at the moment standard in the international practice in all fields dealing with landscape. At University of Zagreb, archaeology programme is more than 100 years old. Traditionally it was oriented towards chronological and typological aspects of the material culture, and as a result, it has very strong and good curricula when those characteristics of archaeological periods are concerned, but not as much when dealing with the impact of humans on the environment and vice versa. Further on, humanities did not incorporate technical infrastructure, equipment and skills required for application of GIS which was often result of the lack of understanding for such equipment in research. Having GIS course will be of immense importance because it will be the first step in systematical application of spatial analysis in reconstruction of life in past periods.
GIS became inevitable tool in archaeology, but also in many other disciplines that are dealing with spatial aspects (landscape studies, geography, geology, climatology, history, etc.). It is being used in more and more disciplines every day. Knowledge that students will acquire through this course can be applied to other activities, if they do not continue their education and work in archaeology.
On the other hand, Universities of Ljubljana and Vienna have landscape studies and digital technologies included in the curricula for some time now. This programme will be based on transfer of knowledge, best practices and experience from those institutions to institutions with little, or without that any kind of practice on the subject (Zagreb, Zadar, Koper and Nitra).