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ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies

The ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies (ICOM-ITC), housed at the Palace Museum in Beijing, China, is a collaboration between ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum. The operation and management of the centre is conducted by the Palace Museum.

By providing inclusive and participatory training programmes for museum professionals, the centre is intended to “promote research and exchange among museums at an international level and develop the museum expertise of professionals from developing countries, especially those from the Asia-Pacific region,” where the museum sector is growing rapidly and there is a high demand for museum professionals. In addition, in keeping with the ICOM 2011-2013 Strategic Plan, the centre provides ICOM members from developing countries with the opportunity to participate in ICOM-led training programmes in areas relevant to museum management.

The ICOM-ITC was officially inaugurated on 1 July, 2013, as a result of the resolution presented during the 25th General Assembly in Shanghai in November 2010, which was approved at the Executive Council meeting in April 2013.


ICOM-ITC is announcing its next training programme that will be held from 7 to 15 November, 2016 in Beijing.

The theme of this seventh workshop will be: Collecting Objects, Telling Stories.

A number of outstanding international experts will give lectures and conduct discussions and group work on museum topics such as collection management, conservation and restoration of cultural objects. The programme will also include lectures by Chinese experts, and a full-day excursion will show participants around the best known cultural heritage sites in and around Beijing.

This ICOM-ITC training workshop in Beijing is intended to ICOM members from emerging countries and from the Asian Pacific region.

Application Procedure for ICOM-ITC

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ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum award two types of grants:

The full grant covers an economy-class air ticket, accommodation and local hospitality for the participant for the duration of the training workshop. Applicants residing in countries belonging to categories 2, 3 and 4, as defined in the ICOM membership grid, are given priority for this type of grant.

The partial grant covers accommodation and local hospitality for the participant for the duration of the training workshop. Applicants residing in countries belonging to category 1, as defined in the ICOM membership grid, will be considered for partial grants.

ICOM and/or the Palace Museum will make the travel arrangements for participants with a full grant. Participants with a partial grant must book their own air ticket. Visa costs, insurance coverage and other expenses not explicitly stated above are at the cost of the participants. There are no registration fees for attending the training seminar.


Read more about the creation of the ICOM-ITC and its first training workshop held in November 2013 in the December 2013 issue of ICOM News and about the “Reading Artifacts” session in the September 2014 issue of ICOM News

Programmes of the previous workshops (1, 2 and 3, in English only)

For information about the latest training programmes of ICOM-ITC, please write to raphael.roig [at] icom.museum