martes, 15 de julio de 2008

Panama Historic Center, wooden 2 story, 4th generation today, family home--Tsukuba University Japan, World Heritage Studies, Masters

San Felipe Corregimiento
Panama City Historic Center
Calle 3ra E. and Avenida Eloy Alfaro

University of Tsukuba, Japan
Master of Philosophy/Master of World Heritage Studies

Created in the spring of 2004, the World Heritage Studies programme at the University of Tsukuba involves two years of academic coursework in 'Theory and Management' and 'Evaluation and Conservation'. Various fieldwork is carried out by professors in the programme, such as projects in China, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Turkey. For the moment, all coursework is in Japanese.

Welcome to the University of Tsukuba's
Master's Program in World Heritage Studies

World Heritage: This concept was first defined in 1972 through the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage , organized by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Here the concept "World Heritage" is equivalent to "irreplaceable properties of mankind as a whole, which are of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art, science or landscape."It is mankind's common responsibility to preserve these valuable properties remaining on the earth. Considering the required role as a university in this issue, University of Tsukuba has a newly established Master's Program in World Heritage Studies, with the aim of fostering internationally minded specialists in the field of conservation and restoration of cultural heritage as well as the field of protection of natural heritage.

The World Heritage and other valuable properties are spread throughout the world, all with their complex and diverse conditions. We should note that certain sites have been left in a very threatened situation without any effective or active measures taken for their protection.

Our program, World Heritage Studies, is divided into two main studies: "Theory and Management" and "Evaluation and Conservation." These sections cover a wide range of subjects to compose an organic structure of the curriculum: theory for heritage conservation, practical management for heritage conservation and its utilization, analysis of histories and conditions of heritage sites, and techniques in conservation and restoration.

Techniques in conservation and restoration, as well as protective skills for environment and nature are both indispensable in carrying out the protection of heritage, and they should be applies properly to fit the condition of each heritage site without spoiling its original value.
It is then also essential to recognize diverse situations surrounding heritage sites and to broaden our field of activity on heritage management and utilization after taking some protective or restoration measures. Our World Heritage Studies Program is advanced by specialists from various disciplines each with a view to keeping up with the multiplicity of these critical issues.

The educational program of our "World Heritage Studies" is carried out through strong supports from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan and other Institutes. Being affiliated with a number of international/national organizations, it is part of the widest international network ever formed.

Our newly established Master's Program is thus established for those who are interested in conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, or for those who desire to activity contribute, by deepening their intercultural understanding or technical knowledge, to the protection of natural heritage throughout the world. Why don't you pursue your dream and realize it here with us in the World Heritage Studies Program at the University of Tsukuba?


Theory and Management Section

In this section, we address each problem in world heritage from a wide perspective. Through the acquisition of this multifaceted knowledge, this stream fosters the necessary practical aspects, education, methodological theory and management skills and preservation.

Based on fundamental knowledge and current understanding of the philosophy, culture, and religious principles that concern world heritage, this section challenges the international and social issues that have contributed to the current dangerous situation facing world heritage properties.

Through this stream, students can acquire the necessary management skills to apply to the preservation and utilization of traditional buildings and cultural landscapes that are entwined with lifestyle and manufacturing issues. In addition, students will learn the necessary strategies for protecting world heritage, including the digitalization of information and data concerning world heritage, operational strategies, tourism management, and conservation administration.

After graduation, students can expect to be employed as experts or coordinators in world heritage conservation or specialists in world preservation project planning on an international basis.

Evaluation and Conservation Section

The Evaluation and Conservation section focuses on valuing world heritage properties from the twin fundamentals of architectural and design history. With these points in mind, students learn concrete methods in the scientific analysis and repair procedures of preservation and conservation.
Furthermore, this section objectives emphasize consideration of the era, scale, knowledge of natural environmental features, as well as the purposes intended by the people that erected such edifices and the actual site itself. There is a further vital need for evaluating their significance in terms of architectural and design history.
In a number of cases, once the current conditions of such properties have been surveyed and analyzed, it is necessary to make decisions regarding the appropriate application of scientific restoration techniques and undertake conservation efforts. For that reason, restoration expertise requires broad knowledge and experience; thus, in this particular field, our purpose is to develop capable people who, based on a deep understanding of world heritage properties in general and Asia in particular, can make clear judgments regarding conservation and preservation.
After graduation, in addition to working in areas such as advancing research in heritage property preservation, graduates can expect to be employed in specialized occupations that include curators, editors, and experts in heritage conservation techniques.


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