The International Association of World Heritage Professionals e.V., IAWHP e.V.,was originally established in 2009 by the alumni of the master programme in World Heritage Studies of the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) in Cottbus, Germany.
In July 2010, the IAWHP e.V. has become an officially registered non-profit organisation in Germany its headquarters are located in Cottbus, Germany.
The main aim of IAWHP e.V. is to provide an institutional framework for the alumni of BTU’s World Heritage Studies programme and other heritage and world heritage professionals worldwide. The organization welcomes alumni and individuals with related expertise in the field of heritage conservation, management, protection and promition, especially those working at or engaged with sites incribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.