On 9th January starting at 9:00 pm campus of the International Burch University hosted Bosnia and Herzegovina Culture Day represented by institutions and organizations that have been proven as the authentic guardians of the treasury of cultural and historical heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina . Within the event history, art and architecture lessons and B/C/S language and literature competition for foreigners also took place.
Rector of the university, Prof . Dr. Mehmet Uzunoglu ,addressed the audience stating that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a unique example of the meeting of east and west cultures influences , as well as great example of harmony and multicultural coexistence of different religions and cultures. Main coordinator of the event , Assoc.Prof.Dr. Azamat Akbarov also emphasized the importance of learning about the Bosnian and Herzegovinian culture and all its treasures.
Within the event Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina exhibited " Kulin Ban Charter" and "Medieval money" pieces in order to point the historical and cultural tradition. Artist Aid Rifatbegović, creator of Sarajevo Cube, and BH Crafts Association showed a modern interpretation of traditional crafts, traditions and monuments , and authentic note was given by workshops of pottery and presentation of the traditional Bosnian dishes . There were also coppersmith stand and few stands of creative handworks.
Department of Architecture, along with the Club of Architecture students, prepared the respective programs on this occasion. Architecture students have contributed to this event in accordance with their future professional profile, knowledge and interests: under the expert leadership of Assist. Prof. Dr. Nermina Mujezinovic, Head of Department of Architecture, they have created posters for two exhibitions; furthermore, two third-year students, together with Dr Mujezinovic, held a presentation titled "Heritage and Education".
The exhibition "Heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina" was dedicated to diversity and richness of Bosnian and Herzegovinian cultural – historical heritage. It has consisted of 15 posters with pictorial, graphic and textual material, on which were presented the most valuable cultural - historical monuments of B&H: architectural complexes, ensembles, historical areas, old towns, fortifications, historical buildings: sacral, public, cultural and residential, old cemeteries, sepulchral monuments, memorials, bridges, necropolis, archaeological sites, etc.
Another 11 posters with works by students, created within the course "Introduction to Deterioration and Conservation", have been set to illustrate the presentation under the title "Heritage and Education". On these posters, segments of students' design proposals for restoration of historical buildings in Sarajevo were presented.
Talking about architectural heritage and education, Dr Mujezinovic, said: "(..) However, education can make people understand that our heritage is very valuable and very vulnerable at the same time. I have been lucky enough to have many opportunities to understand this very well working for years on restoration of historic buildings. I'm very glad that I can transfer this knowledge and experience to young people, teaching courses on conservation and restoration. Very good response from students on these courses is indeed pleasantly surprising. One piece of evidence that our students have a very positive attitude towards heritage we can see today.”
Except much that they have told about the richness and value of cultural heritage of B and H which can be rediscovered every day again and again, students Lejla Kargic and Adna Kljajic have presented parts of projects that they are doing within the course "Introduction to Conservation and Deterioration". They pointed out that this course aroused their interest in preserving the architectural heritage.
“I personally think, (and believe that many of my colleagues will agree), that this subject should get much more attention, in education but also in public generally. Courses similar to this, dealing with the subject of heritage, it's importance and protection, should be introduced in wider spectrum - not only on university level, but in high school education as well. This material deals with our historical identity, and in order to build a proper future, i think that we should know the past.”, said Adna.
“After all said, the only remaining factor that we are missing is education, and I am talking about education on cultural heritage from the age of 12, when we are still in primary school and when our mind sets can easily be shaped…”, added Lejla.
Finally, in the spirit of traditional, some of our students wore traditional Bosnian costumes.
Given that this was the first project of the Club of architecture students, it was guided and implemented with great cooperation and support of the Department.
The team that realized the project has consisted of 20 students of the 1st cycle - from the first to the third year, and one professor. Members of the team were: Muhamed Bjelic, Hamdija Velagic, Dalila Salkanovic, Sanel Delic, Abdulmalik Begovic, Ahmed Delic, Ruba Almonajed, Ajla Catic, Semra Hasic, Lamija Dzomba, Melika Asceric, Lamija Mesa, Sumeja Dizdarevic, Adna Kljajic, Larisa Snegar, Lejla Kargic, Ajla Gegic, Velida Krajinic, Mehmed Hodzic, Selvira Heldovac , and Assist. Prof. Dr Nermina Mujezinovic.