About Program

Cultural Resource Manager Training Program

Each region and country of the world has built up its own stockpile of knowledge and skills in the form of what we term “culture”. This culture does more than just form the core of the identity of the people who work to sustain and transmit it; culture also contains within it the potential to become a valuable resource for all humankind. The Cultural Resource Manager Training Program has been designed to enable students to discover the future-oriented significance and the value of the cultural resources accumulated in all regions of the world, based on a strong understanding of the diversity of human culture and the fundamental principle of mutual respect. Graduates will be ready to take up positions as culture resource managers, equipped with the skills required to identify, manage, and develop policies for the global utilization of local cultural resources; in other words, they will be capable of developing and implementing strategies to use cultural resources worldwide for the benefit of all humankind.

At present, there is a distinct lack of the sort of graduate this Program will attempt to produce. This is evident in the fact that while national government agencies and international agencies such as UNESCO are clearly aware of the importance of cultural resources, there are very few persons who possess both the high level of field-specific specialist understanding and the broad cultural knowledge required to effectively manage cultural resources. Research and education into cultural resources in international fields have long been a part of the Graduate School of Human and Socio-Environmental Studies, and this know-how will be injected into the Program in order to ensure that it will provide the education required to produce global leaders capable of the high-level management of diverse cultural resources.

Outline of the curriculum

Cultural Resource Managers

Culture resource managers need to have broad cross-disciplinary knowledge and research skills, and it is also vital that they are able to adopt an international and comprehensive perspective. Specifically, the Program has been designed to ensure that graduates are able to develop the following core competencies:

  1. Management competencies relevant to the maintenance and management of cultural resources, backed up with strong cross-disciplinary knowledge and research skills;
  2. Facilitative competencies required to arbitrate in situations where friction arises between diverse stakeholders in relation to cultural resources;
  3. Networking competencies essential for building international partnerships and collaborations in a global society where people and objects are increasingly itinerant.

The Program aims to enable its graduates to make use of these competencies in response to the various issues specific to today’s global society that they may encounter, allowing them to take up leading positions in international platforms.

Based on the principles outlined above, this Program will welcome Japanese students and students from our partner universities in East Asia, who will approach Program learning together in multinational teams. This will do more than just allow the Program to produce cultural resource managers for each participating country; it will encourage students to begin to develop networks of future leaders, thereby making a further contribution to the realization of a multicultural society able to share and utilize diverse cultural resources.