The ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies in Beijing, China, was launched officially during a four-day event organised jointly by ICOM China and the Palace Museum from 30 June to 3 July, 2013. The opening event also marked the signing of an Agreement between ICOM, the Palace Museum and ICOM China, which defines the framework of cooperation.
Representatives from ICOM, ICOM China and the Palace Museum and experts during the launch of the ICOM International Training Centre in Beijing
The Preparatory Committee, which gathers representatives from different ICOM bodies, also met to discuss operational issues and other administrative matters in order to make recommendations at the first Governing Board meeting.
The aim of the Centre is to promote research and exchange among museums on an international level and to develop museum expertise among professionals from developing countries, especially those from the Asia-Pacific region. The Centre will study the current situation and future trends of museums and the development of models for museums through the organisation of training programmes targeting ICOM members from developing countries specifically.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two main partners of the Centre, ICOM China and the Palace Museum, in January 2013, confirming the latter’s commitment to providing support in terms of logistics and human resources to assist in the running of the Centre. The launch was an opportunity for ICOM to show its full support to the Centre and to determine orientations for the programmes that it will offer to trainees.
Following the launch, a workshop on the development of the Centre’s programme featured a panel of international experts who offered advice and direction on the Centre’s curriculum, and exchange on the needs and expectations of museum professionals from China and other regions.