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AAHM Museum Capacity-Building Programme for Asia and the Pacific region
UNESCO and the Asian Academy for Heritage Management are developing a Museum Capacity Building Programme for Asia and the Pacific. The programme aims to equip museum professionals with certified, practical skills in museology. Other aims are to improve the career prospects for accredited museum professionals, enhance visitor experience and establish sustainable links with existing cultural heritage management training programmes and institutions in the area. The programme is currently in the needs assessment phase. In order to determine the training needs among both museums and museum training institutions, two surveys have been developed targeting these two groups.

The aims of the survey are to: (a) contribute to the promotion of museums as gateways of knowledge, agents of cultural heritage preservation and continuation, (b) equip museum professionals with certified, practical skills in museology, (c) improve the career prospects for accredited museum professionals, (d) enhance visitor experience, and (e) establish sustainable links with existing cultural heritage management training programmes and institutions in the region.

To ensure wide participation, some of the distribution channels planned for the circulation of the survey include regional museum activities such as a workshop in St. Petersburg (Russia) for Central Asian countries and training courses in Uzbekistan specifically for museum professionals.

For more information about the Programme, please send inquires to: asian-academy[at]unescobkk.org.

Introduction

We are pleased to announce that the UNESCO-ICCROM Asian Academy of Heritage Management is in the process of devising a Museum Capacity-Building Programme for Asia and the Pacific, to enhance the skills of professionals and address the lack of capacity in museums in the region.

Goal and Objectives
The goal of this programme is to promote museums in UNESCO Member States in Asia and the Pacific. In order to achieve this, the programme’s main objectives are:

  • Contribute to the promotion of museums as gateways of knowledge, agents of cultural heritage preservation and continuation;
  • Equip museum professionals with certified, practical skills in museology;
  • Improve the career prospects for accredited museum professionals; Enhance visitor experience;
  • and Establish sustainable links with existing cultural heritage management training programmes and institutions in the area.

Expected Results
The main expected results of this programme are: (i) the development and launch of a certified museum training programme for professionals in Asia and the Pacific, (ii) a measurable increase in certified and competent professionals employed in the museum sector, (iii) an increase in museum visitation as well as in visitor satisfaction. In addition, a strong network of certifying institutions across the region will be built up.

Implementation strategy
The first step in the development of the programme is a situational analysis. To this extent, a survey is being conducted among (i) training institutions offering programmes in fields of museums and/or moveable collections, and (ii) museums in the region in terms not only of their training and capacity building needs, but also their potential as sources of expertise and experience to be drawn upon for training and capacity building activities undertaken within the framework of the Programme.

The outcomes of the situational analysis, anticipated by the end of 2008, will inform the design of the precise format and content of the training and capacity building activities. In terms of training, this will include design of training curricula, identification of delivery platforms, development of training materials, training-of-trainers, and the subsequent conduct of training. In terms of capacity building, this may include technical assistance with curricula development for training institutions already offering courses in museology, training institutions that would like to develop such courses and museums offering in-house training programmes for its staff, workshops or seminars addressing specific issues identified as capacity gaps by the situational analysis and network building activities for museums and museum training institution in the region. The training and capacity building programme is scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2009.