In 2005 the University of Minnesota College of Design created the Center for World Heritage Studies, in conjunction with a formal agreement signed with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre in Paris. The relationship is unique among American universities. At the same time, The School of Architecture established a M.S. degree program with a concentration in Heritage Conservation and Preservation—the first and only such program in the state of Minnesota. The Center works in cooperation with the programs of UNESCO, the School of Architecture, and in partnership with others in the academic community, as well as practitioners.The University of Florida College of Design, Construction & Planning Center for World Heritage Research & Stewardship at the Paris Research Center
The WORLD HERITAGE IN PRACTICE program is enhanced by its setting in Paris among world-renowned museums and architectural monuments, reinforced by the presence of the foremost world cultural organizations headquartered in the city, including UNESCO, International Council on Monuments and Sites, and the World Monuments Fund.