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Fifth edition of Sharjah Museums Authority's SAWA Academy kicks off this September

17 September 2019

The fifth edition of the annual cross-cultural exchange program “SAWA Museum Academy” kicked off on Sunday, Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) has announced. 

The fifth edition of the annual cross-cultural exchange program “SAWA Museum Academy” kicked off on Sunday, Sharjah Museums Authority (SMA) has announced. 
 
Taking place at Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization until the 25th, the first phase of this edition will bring together students of museum studies and young museum professionals from the UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Germany.
 
The program, part of a long-running collaboration between SMA, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Goethe-Institute Gulf Region together with the University of Applied Sciences Berlin, offers a unique study experience into the essential areas of museum management and museology at the hands of professionals from Germany and the UAE.
 
Manal Ataya, director-general of SMA, said: “SAWA is the first program of its kind in the region offering an intensive course in a unique stimulating learning environment where Arab and German participants study together, learn from each other’s experiences and cultures, exchange ideas and enhance their awareness and fundamental skills in museum management and curatorial approaches,”
 
She said that SAWA, which means “together” in Arabic, supports and develops capabilities of students with essential tools and best practices in museology for future leaders in the cultural field. 
 
‘The academy, which was first held in Sharjah and Berlin in 2015 and 2016 respectively, follows the UAE’s strategy to promote intercultural dialogue and Sharjah’s commitment to education and building a sustainable cultural sector,’ added Ataya.
 
The second stage of the program takes place in Berlin, Germany, from 8 - 16 June, 2020.

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