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Networking amongst professional conservation institutions in the Arab region: the role of education
16 – 18 November 2009

Under the patronage of H.H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates.


  • ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  • The Government of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates:
    • Sharjah Department of Information and Culture
    • Sharjah Museums Department
    • American University of Sharjah
    • University of Sharjah
  • DGCS Directorate General of Development Co-operation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Duration: 3 days (16 – 18 November 2009)

Place: University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Twenty five heritage professionals attended the workshop, including representatives from ten Arab countries, international and regional organizations (UNESCO, ALECSO, and the Agha Khan Trust for Culture), higher education governmental institutions, the Government of Sharjah, and ICCROM.

The aim was to establish a consortium of institutions dealing with professional education in heritage preservation in the Arab region. This network, would be led by ATHAR Programme and educational institutions in Sharjah, in partnership with international and regional organizations (ICCROM, UNESCO, ALECSO).

The objectives were to:

  • create and develop an effective network of conservation professionals in the Arab region;
  • assess means to disseminate and share information and expertise/ resources;
  • develop programmes that combine training with practice;
  • establish and target influential audiences and decision-makers aimed at sustaining efforts in this field.

Main achievements
The participants devised a short-term action plan addressing the following issues:

  • integration of the diverse university programmes into the educational institutions curricula in the region, to be achieved through exchange programmes and joint research projects. This would entail including collaboration among universities in the region for post-graduate studies by means of co-supervision and shared research projects;
  • setting-up an information platform for professional education programmes in the field of heritage conservation through web pages and an e-forum led by ICCROM’s ATHAR Programme staff and its partners in Sharjah (who will act as secretariat of the initiative), in coordination with ALECSO;
  • adopting strategic directions which affirm the involvement of qualified Arab professionals in training programmes in the field of heritage conservation currently led by ATHAR Programme.

Member States represented: Algeria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia


updated on: 27 January, 2010