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June 2023 - August 2023

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Application Deadline

26 MAY 2023

Extended to June 9, 2023 for HKICON Members only.  

To apply for the FULL COURSE please click the following link

To apply for the ASSESSMENT ONLY please click the following link


15, 16, and 17 June 2023: On-site programme in Hong Kong SAR

01 and 08 July 2023: Online interactive sessions

12, 13, 19 and 20 August 2023 (dates to be confirmed): Online assessment sessions



The heritage profession in the Asia-Pacific region is increasingly under pressure to adapt itself. Challenges presented by climate change, economic slowdowns, the global pandemic and others require rethinking approaches to heritage management. Beyond conservation-related objectives, cultural heritage managers are now also grappling with mobilizing heritage for sustainable development, as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Sustainable Heritage Management Executive Course offers heritage professionals an opportunity to upskill and reskill their competences to meet these new demands. Through this course, participants will be exposed to fundamental principles, innovative tools, good practices and on-the-ground case studies for sustainable cultural heritage management.

The course will cover essential content from UNESCO’s inaugural Sustainable Heritage Management Foundation Course of 2021, which focuses on the five Core Competences defined under the UNESCO Competence Framework for Cultural Heritage Management: (i) Sustainable development, (ii) Heritage policies, principles, processes and ethics (iii) Upholding laws and regulations, (iv) Community, rights and knowledge, (v) Heritage education and interpretation. Participants will also be asked to synthesize their learning by undertaking a capstone project related to heritage and sustainability.

The course will launch with a three-day onsite programme in Hong Kong SAR (15-17 June 2023), during which participants will take part in a Heritage Innovation Symposium. Site visits, introductory classes and activities are scheduled for this in-person gathering. This portion of the course will be followed by two interactive tutorial classes online that will take place during the following weeks (1 and 8 July 2023).   

The course will conclude with a competence-based assessment process, which will allow participants to benchmark their knowledge and skills in heritage management. The assessment will provide a way to recognize prior learning and accumulated experience, and will consist of a written exam, a portfolio of work, a project presentation, and an interview by a panel of experts. In addition to the course participants, this assessment module only will also be open for registration by additional interested professionals.

This Executive Course in Sustainable Heritage Management is organized by UNESCO Bangkok in cooperation with the Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON), Think City Institute, and the Asian Academy of Heritage Management.

The learning materials have been developed with the support from Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation (NTFCF).


Course syllabus can be found here. 


The teaching team comprises heritage experts and practitioners from Hong Kong, Macao and the greater Asia-Pacific region.

Pre-recorded work is credited to various heritage educators around the Asia-Pacific and this particular executive course will be facilitated by HKICON.


Using UNESCO’s newly-developed Competence Framework as a reference, this course aims to strengthen the Core Competences of cultural heritage professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. Participants will evaluate and develop their competences to respond intelligently and effectively to real-world demands in sustainable heritage management.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand core skills and knowledge required for sustainable heritage management.

  • Practice heritage management that conforms to sustainable development principles and contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Identify gaps in competences that require further training and development.


Professionals with at least 5 years of experience in heritage management are encouraged to apply for this course. Participants who are looking to redirect their skills and knowledge for sustainable heritage management will benefit most from this course.


Sample participants would comprise the following:

  • Local stewards at heritage sites

  • Managers and technical specialists in heritage-related institutions

  • Educators and trainers in relation to heritage management

  • Local government officials and professionals in other disciplines who work in heritage-related fields

  • World Heritage or Tentative List site managers

The course requires no formal education in cultural heritage management but working experience in the heritage field will be valued. Professionals working mainly in other fields but whose work is related to heritage, such as urban management, will also benefit from this course.


The course will be conducted in English.


Participants will receive a certificate that acknowledges their level of competence in heritage management. Participants will also be required to regularly attend the course sessions and submit all required assignments. 

HKICON members will receive CPD points equivalent to the course hours.



  • Onsite Programme, Interactive Tutorial Sessions, Pre-recorded lectures and readings + Capstone Project + Assessment

    • US$650 (HKD 5100)

      • The course fee includes the logistical cost (roundtrip boat transfer and lunch) of the on-site programme Day 3, 17 June 2023.


      • Individual participants will be responsible for their hotel accommodation, transportation, meals and other personal expenses.

      • UNESCO is offering travel subsidies up to US$300 for selected participants coming from outside of Hong Kong SAR, China.

      • HKICON members are eligible for discounted course fees of HK$ 3900.

  • Capstone Project + Assessment

    • US$200 (HKD 1565)

Participants may only sign up for the assessment module.




    • A limited number of scholarships are available by UNESCO. Priority will be given to heritage professionals from LDC countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
      To apply, explain your need for funding in the online application.


  • APPLY NOW by filling in the online application form at

  • Application deadline for the Executive Course is 26 May 2023.    

  • All applications will undergo a selection process; selected participants will be informed via email by 31 May 2023.

  • Please send any inquiries to Ms. Injee Kim at UNESCO Bangkok ( or Ms. Lavina Ahuja / Ms. Anna Yau at HKICON (

HKICON members will receive priority consideration during the selection process.

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