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Museum Capacity Building Programme

In order to establish the most effective training and capacity building programme possible, UNESCO is seeking the input from museum professionals from around the Asia Pacific region. To this extent, a questionnaire has been devised to collect data which will be used to prepare a comprehensive situational analysis of museums in the region.

The questionnaire consists of two main sections. Part I, the Training Needs Assessment Questionnaire (TNAQ), aims at forming an overview of how museums function in the region as a whole. Part II, the Specific Needs and Opportunities (SNO) section, focuses on the training needs of museum staff, and opportunities for collaboration not only between museums, but also between museums and other institutions. In this regard, the SNO fosters knowledge-sharing, by providing a platform for participants to detail resources and expertise they are able to share or would like to receive.

The survey is already available in Chinese, English, Farsi, Russian, Thai and Vietnamese. A Korean version is also planned.

The survey is being distributed to the following UNESCO Member State countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China PR, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Hong Kong SAR, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao PDR, Macao SAR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.

Participate in the survey
We encourage museums in the region which have not yet participated in the survey to do so. At present, electronic versions of the survey are available in English and Chinese. If your museum needs a copy of the survey by post or in another language, please contact Ms Lia Genovese at l.genovese[at] Participation in the survey is voluntary and does not guarantee involvement in future programmes. To check if your institution has already submitted a completed questionnaire (either by post or by email), please contact Rik Ponne (r.ponne[at]

Follow-up plans
The completed questionnaires will be analysed and will form the basis for training and capacity building activities to improve the skills of museum professionals in the Asia Pacific region. The precise format and content of these training activities will be established at a later date. They are likely to build on existing training platforms and will take into account a number of factors, including human and financial resources availability.

Downloading and online submissions
To download the English version of the questionnaire, please click here. (PDF format, 1.2MB)
For Chinese version, please refer to link. (PDF format, 1.4MB). Please note that completed questionnaires in Chinese should be returned by post to our Beijing Office (see below).

Instructions for online submission (English and Chinese versions):

  1. Download and save the questionnaire on your computer.
  2. Ensure you have Adobe Reader 7.0 or higher version. If you do not have this software already, please download and install it for free from
  3. Open the questionnaire from the location where you have saved it on your computer, and start filling the requested information.
  4. If needed, you can save the questionnaire for completion at a later date.
  5. Completed questionnaires can be emailed by clicking the SUBMIT QUESTIONNAIRE BY EMAIL button at the end of the questionnaire. You can also email the completed and saved PDF document to asian-academy[at]

Postal submissions - English
Completed questionnaires in English can be returned to UNESCO as a paper document, with handwritten or typed answers, to:

Mr Rik Ponne
Programme Specialist
920 Sukhumvit Road
Bangkok 10110

Postal submissions - Chinese
Enquiries concerning the Chinese version of the survey should be addressed to Ms. Yik Yin Pang, by email, to: yy.pang[at]

Completed questionnaires in Chinese can be returned to UNESCO as a paper document, with handwritten or typed answers, to:

Ms Beatrice Kaldun
Culture Programme Specialist
UNESCO Office Beijing
Room 1503, Building 5
Waijiaogongyu, Jianguomenwai
Beijing 100600
P.R. China

Postal submissions - Russian

Please click to access the Russian version (MS Word format, 0.9MB). The Russian version is available in five different countries. Please return your completed questionnaire in Russian to the UNESCO Office in your country, or as directed:


Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan:









Mr Yuri Peshkov
Culture Programme Specialist
UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty
67 Tole Bi Street, 4th floor
050000 Almaty
Tel: + 7 7272 58 26 37
Fax: + 7 7272 79 48 53
E-mail: almaty[at]



Ms Anna Paolini
Head of Office
95, Amir Temur Str
700084 Tashkent
Tel: +998 71 120 7116
Fax: +998 71 132 1382
E-mail: tashkent[at]



Ms Junko Taniguchi
Culture Programme Specialist
Bahman Building
Sa'ad Abad Complex
Darband Square
19894 Tehran
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Tel: +98 (21) 2275 1315
Fax: +98 (21) 2275 1318
E-mail: tehran[at]


Postal submissions - Farsi

Please click to access the Farsi version (MS Word format, 0.5MB). Please return your completed Farsi questionnaire to the UNESCO Office below:

Ms Junko Taniguchi
Culture Programme Specialist
Bahman Building
Sa'ad Abad Complex
Darband Square
19894 Tehran
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Tel: +98 (21) 2275 1315
Fax: +98 (21) 2275 1318
E-mail: tehran[at]

Postal submissions - Vietnamese
Please click to access the Vietnamese version (MS Word format, 429KB). Please return your completed Vietnamese questionnaire to the UNESCO Office below:
Le Ha Trung
Culture Unit
23 Cao Ba Quat
Viet Nam
Tel: +84 4 747 0275, 4 747 0276
Fax: +84 4 747 0274
E-mail: registry[at]
Postal submissions - India

Please contact UNESCO in New Delhi for details on how to participate in this important museum survey, and to obtain a copy of the questionnaire:
Ms Moe Chiba
Culture Programme Specialist
B-5/29, Safdarjung Enclave
New Delhi 110 029
Tel: +91 (11) 26713000
Fax: +91 (11) 26713001, 26713002
E-mail: newdelhi[at]
Cut-off date
Please return your completed questionnaire at the earliest opportunity, and in any event not later than 30 September 2008.