Southeast Asia

Call for Applications: Sustainable Heritage Management Course

   Posted on 07.10.2020 by SEA-VET Admin SEAVET ADMIN, UNESCO Bangkok


UNESCO, Bangkok (30 September, 2020) - UNESCO launches the inaugural Sustainable Heritage Management Foundation Course for heritage practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region to upskill and reskill core competences. 

Pressures on cities such as the current pandemic, climate change, economic slowdown, and conflicts mean that approaches to heritage management need to be reinvented. Beyond conservation-related objectives, heritage managers must also mobilize heritage for local development, as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Heritage Management Foundation Course will upskill and reskill professionals working on heritage management, with a focus on South-East Asia, to meet these new demands. The course is conducted by UNESCO Bangkok in cooperation with the Think City Institute and the Asian Academy for Heritage Management, also supported by the Netherlands Funds-in-Trust.


The course will cover five core areas of practice defined under UNESCO’s new Competence Framework for Cultural Heritage Management as follows:

  • University of Hong Kong on “Sustainable development”
  • National University of Singapore on “Heritage policies, principles, processes and ethics”
  • Southeast University on “Applying laws and regulations”
  • Deakin University on “Community, rights and knowledge”
  • Ahmedabad University on “Heritage education and interpretation”

The Course offers a combination of self-paced online learning and interactive webinars, followed by a capstone project and finale event. 

Duration: 6 months (November 2020 - April 2021)

Application Deadline: 26 October 2020

Course Fee*: USD500

*UNESCO Bangkok is offering a limited number of scholarships, with priority given to World Heritage site managers from Southeast Asia. 


Professionals experienced in heritage management (more than 8 years) who are looking to improve skills and knowledge in a practical manner will benefit most from this course.

  • World Heritage or Tentative List site managers
  • Local stewards at heritage sites
  • Managers and technical specialists in heritage-related institutions
  • Technical specialists in other disciplines who work in heritage-related fields
  • Individuals teaching/training in cultural heritage management (will be invited to join special Training-of-Trainers sessions at the end of each module)

The course requires no formal education in cultural heritage management, but working experience in the heritage field will be valued. Professionals working mainly in other fields, such as urban management, whose work is related to heritage, will also benefit from this course.


Using UNESCO’s newly-developed Competence Framework as a reference, this Foundation Course aims to strengthen the Core Competencies of cultural heritage professionals in South-East Asia, which will benefit not only individual practitioners but also contribute to strengthening their home organizations as well.

In this course, you will:

  • Assess yourself and identify individual gaps in core skills and knowledge required to sustainably manage cultural heritage
  • Gain additional skills and knowledge related to the Core Competencies
  • Undertake a practical exercise in applying these Core Competences in the context of your heritage site and home organization
  • For trainers and educators: gain exposure to pedagogical insights in teaching this material

For more information and application, please access HERE.

Any inquiries, please contact Ms. Injee Kim at UNESCO Bangkok (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

, UNESCO Bangkok

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