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University of Sharjah offers degree that specialises in heritage and conservation

The University of Sharjah has launched a Master's programme in Conservation Management of Cultural Heritage (CMCH) - the first dedicated programme of its kind in the Middle East.

The programme is currently only available in Arabic and includes two tracks: Management of Museums and Management of Cultural Heritage Sites, offering courses centred around 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 is broken down into two semesters in the first year and a Master’s thesis in the second year.

"The programme being launched in Sharjah, carries a great symbolic significance as the Emirate has a fantastic facilities, institutional expertise and fertile grounds for cultural heritage conservation and management,” said Dr Zaki Aslan, regional representative of ICCROM for the Arab States and director of ICCROM-Sharjah.

Dr Aslan has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the initiative with the director general of Sharjah Museums Authority, Manal Ataya.

"At SMA we are very excited about the programme, which is the first of its kind in the Arab world, it’s a very important area of study that addresses emerging conservation challenges in the whole region, and integrated approaches to cultural heritage management," said Ataya added.