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AAHM Statute Passed.

Following the decisions made during the Third AAHM Strategy Meeting, which was held in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University from 6 to 7 June 2008, The AAHM Statutes were circulated and endorsed by the majority of AAHM members in September 2008. The AAHM Statutes will be used as the guidelines for the overall management of the AAHM.

Upon the endorsement of the AAHM Statutes, nomination for the AAHM Executive Committee was accepted and voting for the AAHM Executive Committee is now is in process. The AAHM Executive Committee will be formed officially by the end of November 2008. In consultation with UNESCO and ICCROM, the AAHM Executive Committee will oversee the running of the network.

The responsibilities of the AAHM Executive Committee are as follows:

  • To act in accordance with the decisions of the members;
  • To set its own terms of reference;
  • To meet on a regular basis as required, at least once every year, either in person or on-line;
  • To consider and to accept new members;
  • To mobilize resources for the network;
  • To review the progress of the focal points; and
  • To prepare a draft programme of work for approval by the members at the General Meeting.

The term of the Executive Committee is two years at which time members of the Executive Committee will be eligible for re-nomination and re-appointment.

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Third AAHM Strategy Meeting

The AAHM, in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities, Chiang Mai University, held its third Strategy Meeting from 6 to 7 June 2008. With active participation from core members of the AAHM, the meeting provided a forum to share on-going member activities and to plan for the network's future management.

During the Second AAHM Strategy Meeting in Bangkok in 2006, it was agreed upon that the AAHM Executive Committee along with the AAHM Statutes should be established in order to sustainably manage the AAHM in the long run. Assembled members in the Third AAHM Strategy Meeting reviewed the AAHM Statutes, which are being circulated for the official endorsement by all AAHM members.

Upon the endorsement of the AAHM Statutes, nominations will be solicited for the AAHM Executive Committee which will play the central management role in the AAHM.

The future organizational structure of the AAHM, as proposed in the statutes, was discussed during the meeting. The Asian Center for Tourism Planning and Poverty Reduction (ACTPPR) proposed to provide secretariat support to the AAHM. The following activities were proposed as the AAHM Secretariat's main activities:

  • Facilitation of faculty exchange (e.g. needs/demands/process);
  • Facilitation of student opportunities (e.g. internships/scholarships);  
  • Facilitation of field schools and other training activities;
  • Facilitation of consultancies/applied research projects; 
  • Facilitation of General Meetings, Executive Committee meetings;
  • Liaison with members; and
  • Newsletter (to be produced by another focal point member, but with coordinating support by the secretariat).

The Institute For Tourism Studies (IFT) proposed to function as the Knowledge Management Hub for the AAHM. The following activities were proposed as the Knowledge Management Hub’s main activities:

  • Clearinghouse of training curricula, conservation case studies, and other teaching/learning/research materials;
  • Facilitation of research conference organization;
  • Facilitation of training modules development, building on modules developed and refined by AAHM activities/members; and
  • Possible development of web-based sharing platforms, in cooperation with potential focal points members.

The assembled core members endorsed both ACTPPR's and IFT's proposals and functions during this discussion.

Various institutions were also proposed as focal points for the key activities during the meeting:

  • Graduate School of Human Comprehensive Sciences, University of Tsukuba was proposed to host the second AAHM Annual Research Conference.

  • Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Deakin University was proposed as the focal point for the museums training modules.

  • IFT was proposed as the focal point for the Cultural Heritage Specialist Guides modules/programme.

  • National College of Arts was proposed as the focal point for the Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment Training and Certification module and to develop the Lahore Living Laboratory.

  • College of Architecture, University of the Philippines was proposed as the focal point for the Heritage Conservation Awareness Mayor's Training Programme.

  • Institute of International Culture Conservation, Showa Women’s University was proposed to support field schools/on-site training activities in Viet Nam.

  • Department of Archaeology, Flinders University was proposed to support field schools/on-site training activities related to underwater archaeology.

  • School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa was proposed to support field schools/on-site training activities related to cultural tourism.

The results of the AAHM Strategy Meeting have been brought to the attention of the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO Headquarters. The collective initiatives of the network will be tabled at an upcoming meeting to be held in Turin, Italy which will gather institutions and networks teaching heritage education from around the world and consider their possible federation into a World Heritage Academy.

For more information about the AAHM Third Strategy Meeting, please contact us at: asian-academy[at]

Regional Workshop on Training-of-Trainers on Cultural Tourism Sites Management and Guiding
A series of national workshops organized through the joint collaboration of UNESCAP, UNESCO and national tourism organizations from each country throughout the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) within the framework of the GMS Tourism Strategy, will be concluded in the regional seminar on Training-of-Trainers on Cultural Tourism Sites Management and Guiding, which will be held jointly with the Mekong Institute, Khon Kaen, Thailand from 26-27 May 2008. The training materials and curricula will be evaluated and planning for national implementation will be undertaken.

This series was launched collaboratively by UNESCAP and UNESCO in 2007 in order to ensure the sustainable management of cultural heritage sites in the region, which have become major tourism destinations. Workshops were held in the following sites:

  • Hoi An Ancient Town World Heritage site, Viet Nam, 23-28 July 2008
  • Bangkok and the Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage site, Thailand, 30 July-4 August 2007
  • Champasak and Vat Phou World Heritage site, Lao PDR, 1-7 October 2007
  • Angkor World Heritage site, Cambodia, 11-16 February 2008

For more information about the regional seminar, please contact Mr Jean-Loius Vignuda at: vignuda.unescap[at]

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.

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 contact Mr Rik Ponne: r.ponne[at]