The Postgraduate diploma in Heritage Management is intended for professionals and non-professionals who are interested in heritage and museum development issues and wish to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively manage and use the cultural heritage to ensure its conservation and integration in the development process of society. The programme is meant to meet the growing demand from English speaking professionals and non-professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in the management of heritage and museum collections. The term heritage is used interchangeably with the terms cultural heritage or natural heritage. It refers to the legacy of physical artifacts and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the future generations. Heritage also includes the natural heritage, that is, a nationís fauna and flora, natural resources, and landscape.
The objective of this programme at the University of Nairobi is to provide students with skills to enable them to: -
1. Assess the conditions and needs of a collection taking into account its context, history and use.
2. Conceive, plan, design and implement programmes that raise the standard and role of conservation in their museums/heritage institutions, taking into account identified needs and available resources.
3. Promote community participation and greater use of the museum resource, taking into account identified needs and available resources.
4. Enhance the role of cultural heritage and of museums in national development.
5. Design programmes that promote community enjoyment and appreciation of knowledge derived from museum and heritage collections.
Entry requirements for admission to the University of Nairobi for the above programme
1. A holder of a first degree with at least Second Class Honours (Lower Division) from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate.
2. A holder of a first degree of Pass level from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate with three years working experience in a museum or heritage institution.
History, Theory and Management of Museums and Heritage Institutions
Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Community Involvement
Principles of Conservation
Research Methods in Museology
Conservation in Practice
Documenting Museum and Heritage Collections
Project Design for Museum Development
Education and Heritage
Exhibitions and Use of Space