Summer School of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites

The Contribution of ICTs to Sustainable Tourism for Development (ICT2ST4D)


August 14 – August 25, 2017
Zhejiang University  (Hangzhou city, China)

(Download: Brochure | Program)

The 2017 Summer School of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, established at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) is realized in collaboration with Zhejiang University, one of the most prestigious and oldest universities in China. The campus is located in the city of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang Province.

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This year, we also collaborate with the International Federation for Information Technology and Travel & Tourism (IFITT) to bring IFITTtalk workshops to Hangzhou city, China.

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Another good news for this year’s Summer School is that we will develop a track entitled “Virtual Summer School” for people who cannot travel to China in 2017 for our activities. Through this track, you will be able to access to an online platform, where you can access to all resources and presentation videos connected to our activities. You can also communicate with our speakers and attendants online.




  • Advanced Master students
  • PhD students
  • Post doctorates


  • World Heritage Site managers
  • Promoters of the destinations with heritage sites
  • Interested tourism professionals

Click here to watch what previous participants were talking about our Summer School.



Please kindly send your motivation letter (one page) and CV to:



The following table displays a provisional programme arrangement for two weeks activities in 2017 summer school. The final program outline will be offered in April 2017.

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Virtual Summer School will be active during the two weeks of Summer School and all contents will be archived after the Summer School for your further access and usage. 2017

Please visit the Virtual Summer School platform here.



Every PhD student who participates in this summer school has the opportunity to also submit a 1-2 page research paper (together with motivation letter and CV to, which summarizes the PhD research of the participant including but not limited to the following parts: abstract, keywords, literature review, methodology, and preliminary/expected results.

Two awards will be granted to the winners:

  • PhD Best Short Paper Award
  • PhD Best Presentation Award

The participants who submitted the award application will need to present his/her short paper in the Practical Workshop on August 21, 2017, when all the summer school participants are welcome to attend. The awards will be granted to the winners right after the workshop.



  • Make sure that your application will arrive at our side before April 28, 2017.
  • Acceptance will be notified by May 15, 2017.
  • Full payment needs to be done by June 30, 2017.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellation before July 15, 2017, otherwise 50% payment will be charged.



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Scientific Co-Chairman

  • Prof Lorenzo Cantoni
  • Prof Lingqiang Zhou

Project Manager

  • Jingjing Lin (Switzerland side)
  • Qiuchen Zhu (China side)


More information will be published in the following months. Please come back from time to time.


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