This course is jointly organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (Bunkacho); Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU); International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM); and National Research Institute for Cultural Properties [Tokyo and Nara], in cooperation with the Japanese Association for Conservation of Architectural Monuments (JACAM); Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage (JCIC-Heritage); under the auspices of Japanese National Commission for UNESCO; Nara Prefectural Government; and Nara City Government.
In the Asia and Pacific region, there are various forms of cultural heritage which are of great value from a global point of view. In order to safeguard this important heritage for future generations, it is necessary to train heritage professionals for proper investigation, analysis and conservation. ACCU Nara, in partnership with ICCROM and Bunkacho, has been organizing training courses since 2000 on specific themes with a view to building the capacity of professionals involved with cultural heritage protection in the region. The curriculum of the 20th group training course is designed for young professionals and comprises comprehensive basic knowledge and techniques in the fields of investigation, conservation and management of wooden structures.
The objectives of this course are to provide participants with:
The course curriculum is designed so that participants are able to learn an overview of the process of investigation, restoration and conservation of wooden structures in Japan. The experts from ICCROM will deliver the lecture on international principles and methodologies for heritage conservation. The course is divided into five interconnected units following the procedure of conservation practice. It includes classroom lectures, work sessions, on-site studies and presentations and discussions. (Please refer to the tentative course schedule.)
1. Current Issues and Global Perspective on Conservation of Wooden Structures
2. Protection Systems for Cultural Heritage in Japan
3. Documentation of Wooden Structures
4. Restoration of Wooden Structures
5. Management of Wooden Structures
English (with consecutive interpretation from Japanese)
The training course is offered to heritage practitioners from the following 42 signatory countries to the UNESCO World Heritage Convention in the Asia and Pacific region, who are recommended by the National Commissions for UNESCO (NATCOM)*. The maximum number of participants is 15 (one participant per nation, in principle).
*National Commissions for UNESCO are national cooperative bodies operating for the purpose of associating their governmental and non-governmental bodies in education, sciences, culture and communication with the work of the organization. They are set up by their respective governments in accordance with the Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution.
Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao P.D.R., Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, 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, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Viet Nam.
Participants should be:
Only complete applications with all necessary documents are eligible for consideration. Letters of recommendation from the institution and NATCOM should be physically signed and stamped and uploaded as a scanned copy. It will be appreciated if the application sheet can be sent in both Word and PDF formats.
The organizer will reply to the applicant who sends the documents above directly to us. In case he/she will not receive the confirmation of receipt in a week, please contact us immediately.
After consideration in consultation with the co-organizers, the organizer will select 15 people (one participant per nation, in principle) from among all applicants. We will inform successful candidates and each National Commission for UNESCO of the result in early July.
Final selection would be made through telephonic interview. The dates for the interview will be informed later.
A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants who satisfactorily attend all course activities and make a final presentation.
The organizer will cover the costs during the training course as follows:
Participants shall be responsible for visa application fees and domestic travel expenses.
Cultural Heritage Protection Cooperation Office,
Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU)
Nara Pref. Nara General Office, 757 Horen-cho, Nara 630-8113 JAPAN