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In August 2000, the University of Maryland entered into a partnership with Belgian organizations and government agencies to foster programs to enhance public appreciation of cultural heritage.

Under this agreement, the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Heritage Resource Studies offer an annual Summer Study Tour in Belgium and we are developing plans to expand on this program by offering additional training for an international audience both in Belgium and in the United States.

Below is the full text of the Memorandum of Understanding followed by the list of signatories to the agreement.

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Memorandum of Understanding

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Whereas the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation in the Province of East-Flanders (Belgium) maintains expertise in archaeological interpretation, education, and technologies of public presentation;

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And whereas the government of the Province of East-Flanders seeks to enhance the public appreciation of cultural heritage;

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And whereas the Institute for the Archaeological Heritage of the Flemish Community (IAP) seeks to advance new techniques of archaeological research and presentation;

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And whereas the Department of Anthropology of the University of Maryland, College Park, ahs faculty members who are expert in archaeology and archaeological interpretation;

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And whereas the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Vice President of Research and Dean of the Graduate School of the University of Maryland, College Park, have funded a Center for Heritage Resource Studies in the Department of Anthropology;

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And whereas our institutions hope to facilitate the study and use of up-to-date archaeological interpretation on a global basis and to communicate models of and for archaeological interpretation on an international basis;

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And whereas our institutions understand that models of archaeological interpretation are related to understanding the wider concerns of community heritage (including tourism and the improvement of tourist experiences);

Now therefore, we agree to cooperate, beginning immediately, to

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Design a research and educational program collaboratively at heritage sites of international significance;

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To formulate plans for faculty, student, and professional exchange between our own and other academic, international, governmental institutions;

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To formulate plans for international conference(s) on these topics.

Signed this day August 10, 2000 in Ghent, East-Flanders

University of Maryland

Belgian Government & Cultural Organizations

Professor Mark Leone
Chair, Department of Anthropology
University of Maryland, College Park

Prof. Dr. Herman Balthazar
Governor
Province of East-Flanders
Dean Stewart Edelstein
Senior Associate Dean
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park
Jean-Pierre Van Der Meiren
Deputy of Culture
Province of East-Flanders
Pro. Dr. Guy De Boe
Director IAP
Dirk Callebaut
Senior Member IAP
Executive Director, Ename Center

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