On 23 March the Director-General met with a delegation from the American University of Rome. The delegation included Richard Hodges, President of The American University of Rome, Maria Grazia Quieti, Dean, Graduate Studies, and Valerie Higgins, Director of the Master in Cultural Heritage. In attendance, Sophy Janowski, Chief Management Officer and Maria Teresa Jaquinta, Liaison Officer (Co-operation with Italy).
The agreement consolidates the collaboration ongoing since 1992 between NRICP and ICCROM for the organisation of training events for paper conservation. It will strengthen a partnership which has succeeded since 2003 in foreseeing implementation of the International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper.
The MoU was signed by Prof Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, and Dr Nobuo Kamei, Director of NRICP. Also in attendance were Dr Masato Kato, researcher at NRICP, Katriina Similä, Project Manager, ICCROM and Akiko Umezu, Project Manager, ICCROM.
This MoU forms the basis for implementing the joint hosting of international training courses concerning Japanese restoration techniques of washi, or Japanese paper. The training course will be hosted by the independent administrative institution of NRICP once a year in Japan. ICCROM is pleased to be able to reconfirm this longstanding collaboration with Japan, and is grateful for the commitment of the Japanese heritage authorities to this joint activity.
On 1 March the Director-General received the visit of the Ambassador of Ukraine, H.E. Yehven Perelygin and of Counsellor Mr Dmytro Volovnykiv. In attendance, Catherine Antomarchi, Collections Unit Director and Joseph King, Sites Unit Director.
On 19 February ICCROM received the visit of a group of students of the Master Course from the Paris-Sorbonne University. The group, accompanied by Gael de Guichen, made a tour of the Library and attended a presentation of Catherine Antomarchi, Collections Unit Director.
On 7 December ICCROM received the visit twenty officials of different Tunisian government institutions (Parliament, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Women and Family Affairs, Ministry of Cooperation and International Affairs) attending a course at the Sapienza University of Rome.
The group was welcomed by Maria Teresa Jaquinta, Liaison Officer (Co-operation with Italy).
On 26 November, Dr Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, received the Honourable Dario Franceschini, Italy’s minister of cultural heritage and tourism (Ministro dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, or MiBACT). Minister Franceschini’s visit to ICCROM occurs the week after his address to ICCROM’s General Assembly, on the role of Italy and the international community in preserving heritage as a means towards social development and peaceful coexistence between cultures. His address noted ICCROM’s important role in training and heritage protection, particularly in crisis-affected areas.
On 30 November, Kourosh Jafari, Third Counsellor, Legal and International Affairs of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited ICCROM. He was received by Sophy Janowski, Chief Management Officer.
On 12 November the Director-General received the visit of Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT). In attendance, Maria Teresa Jaquinta, Liaison Officer (Co-operation with Italy).