Under the patronage His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University, and following his goal of preserving the cultural heritage of the Emirate of Sharjah, the University of Sharjah signed a collaboration agreement with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome. The agreement resulted in introducing the Master's Program in Cultural Heritage Preservation Management.
His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, signed the agreement along with Dr. Webber Ndoro, Director-General of ICCROM, in the attendance of Mr. Majid Al-Jarwan, Vice Chancellor for Public Relations; Dr. Zaki Aslan, Director of ICCROM's Regional Conservation Centre (ICCROM- Sharjah); Prof. Esam Agamy; Dean of the Deanship of Quality Assurance, Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation; and Dr. Tarek Merabtene, Director of the Office of International Relations; as well as a number of the University's faculty members.
During his word on the occasion, the Chancellor of the University expressed his joy in signing this agreement, which allows the University to be a vital participant in the Master's Program in Cultural Heritage Preservation Management. This program, he continued, gained the interest of many students and is one of the many academy programs the University offers reaching 107 this year in various disciplines and academic levels.
The University of Sharjah, he continued, is the third best university in the UAE according to the recent international university ranking systems, and is working towards achieving the pillars of its new five-year strategy plan as set by His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah to service his vision of establishing the University as a national university that aims to serve and develop the local community through collaborating with various national, regional, and international entities.
Therefore, this unique Master's program comes as a response to the need of many institutions and authorities responsible for the preservation and management of cultural heritage and museums in the Arab and regional world. This program is of great importance to countries and societies that seek to preserve their historical and archaeological collections to be a representation of their civilization and development during the different historical stages.
For his part, Dr. Zaki Aslan, stressed that this agreement comes to qualify national and Arab cadres at a high level of specialized education in recognition of the need to develop practical academic programs for the protection of heritage to suit the social, economic and cultural conditions of the Arab world. The program is unique, he added, in that it involves students in projects that will be implemented with the support of the national organizations supporting in this program.
The agreement also calls for full cooperation between the two parties in providing the necessary support for this program including faculty members, classrooms, laboratories, libraries, practical training facilities, advertising and promotion of this program internally and externally.