University of Sharjah launches heritage conservation degree

SMA and Iccrom-Sharjah Regional Conservation Centre sign MoU to support two-year master's programme

Sharjah is focused on heritage conservation.
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Sharjah is focused on heritage conservation.

The UAE’s University of Sharjah has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) and Iccrom-Sharjah Regional Conservation Centre to support its newly launched master’s programme in conservation management of cultural heritage (CMCH).

Signed by SMA’s director-general, Manal Ataya, and regional representative of Iccrom for the Arab States, Dr Zaki Aslan, the MoU will see the museums authority sharing its expertise and knowledge with students through training programmes. 

Carried out in the Arabic language, the CMCH programme comprises two areas – Management of Museums (movable heritage), and Management of Cultural Heritage Sites (immovable heritage).

Students of the programme will study a wide range of topics, including the conservation of built heritage and museum collections, heritage presentation and interpretation, disaster risk management of cultural heritage, and world heritage management.

The two-year programme comprises 33 credits, with the first year involving coursework spanning two semesters, while the second year is dedicated to the thesis component of the programme.

Commenting on the MoU, Ataya said: “At the SMA, we are very excited about the programme, which is the first of its kind in the Arab World.

“It is a very important area of study that addresses emerging conservation challenges in the whole region, and integrated approaches to cultural heritage management.”

According to a report by UAE state news agency, Wam, Zaki added: “The programme being launched in Sharjah carries great symbolic significance as the emirate has fantastic facilities, institutional expertise and fertile grounds for cultural heritage conservation and management, effectively working with the support and guidance of HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah."

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