Dr Georgios Papaioannou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Archives, Library Sciences and Museology and the Director of the Museology Lab at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece. He has studied classics, archaeology, cultural heritage and IT in Greece (Ioannina, BA), in Britain (MA at UCL, PhD at King's) and in Spain (Tenerife). His research interests lie in museology, archaeology, education (including distance learning), tourism (including city tourism) and IT applications, including digitisation, virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile applications. He has lectured (including university teaching), excavated and led tours to the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Australia, Spain, Syria, Oman, Turkey, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He has conducted extensive archaeological and museum/cultural heritage work in Greece, Jordan, Syria and Oman.Dr Papaioannou is General-Secretary of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies and a member of ICOM.
Ms Sofia-Maria Poulimenou is a PhD candidate in World Heritage Sites Management at the Department of Archives, Library Science and Museology, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece. She has studied International and European Relations at BA level and she obtained her Masters in International Law and Diplomacy. She is a researcher of the Museology Lab of the Ionian University (Corfu, Greece) working on heritage promotion and conservation. She also works with Asst. Prof. Georgios Papaioannou, Director of the Museology Lab, in submitting proposals and running EU-funded projects in the fields of cultural management and tourism.
This paper examines the role of European Union Funded Programmes in the enhancement of cultural diplomacy as a means of sustainable international cultural relations on the basis of direct exchanges between people and organizations, mutual learning and the notion of co-creation. We aim to further examine these three aspects during the implementation of EU funded programmes and evaluate their impact in the creation of sustainable international cultural relations. As a case study we examine Corfu Island and the Old Town of Corfu (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and we focus specifically but not exclusively on: