Course objective and eligibility
The museology course aims to provide practical skills that are necessary for museum operations, including acquisition, documentation, conservation, exhibition planning and museum education, and to develop personnel who can actively contribute to cultural promotion in developing countries through museums. Eligible participants are experts of museum activities who have more than three years’ practical experience in acquisition, documentation, conservation, exhibition planning, museum education and other related fields, and who have received government nomination of their country. The positions are open for university graduates or those who have equivalent academic qualification, and are over 25 and under 46 years of age, in principle. Proficiency in English conversation, reading and writing is also a requirement. Fiscal 2013 participants included ten members from Armenia, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Palestine, Peru and Myanmar.
The course consists of a General Program (approx. 10 weeks) composed of lectures, practical training and study tour related to museum activities as a whole, and a Specialized Program (3 weeks) in which a different theme is selected every week. Selected themes for fiscal 2013 were “Preventive preservation,” “Exhibition design,” and “photography” for the first week, “Conservation and restoration of the objects,” “Museums and local communities,” and “Filming” for the second week, and “Excavating and controlling archaeological resources,” “Management of a local history museum,” and “Documentation and databases” for the third week. Participants have an opportunity to give a presentation on museum situations in their own country (Museum Report, Public Forum) or their areas of specialty (Specialty Report), and are expected to engage in mutual interaction through discussions.