Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro di Firenze
In 1588, at the request of Grand Duke of the Medici, Ferdinand I (1549-1607), the production studio for precious stone mosaics requiring advanced skills was set up in the current Uffizi Gallery, Florence. Rooted in this studio, the current National Laboratory of Restoration in Florence was established to restore historic cultural properties and works of art in 1975. Yet, before established as a national institution of restoration, “the studio in Florence set up in the 16th century” by fate had started active restoration activities throughout Italy. In 1932, Prof. Ugo Procacci, an art historian, set up a restoration laboratory focusing on paintings within the jurisdiction of Florence Cultural Assets Supervision, and this transformed the former restoration studio into a modern restoration laboratory logically and technically. The activities that determined the laboratory’s significance of existence were the restoration work of cultural assets destroyed in World War II and the project of “Florence Restoration” dealing with the damage caused by the flood of the Arno River on November 4, 1966. Thus, the National Laboratory of Restoration in Florence became one of the two national centers in Italy conducting “the restoration and preservation of cultural properties and training of restorers,” along with the Central Institute of Restoration in Rome established by Prof. Cesare Brandi, an art historian, in 1939.
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Archaeology, Tourism and Hotel Management, Al Hussein Bin Talal University.
This department was set up in 2004, for the purpose of the survey, research, preservation, and utilization of a variety of cultural heritage sites in southern Jordon including of World Heritage Sites, Petra. It has two faculties. One is Faculty of Archaeology, which aims to develop human resources in the survey, research, and protection of archaeological sites. The other is Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, whose objective is to foster diverse people engaged in utilization of sites. In the three-year project from 2010, the department and Kanazawa University have been jointly researching the distribution of relics in the Shoback area. After this project is over, they plan to move on to a joint excavation.
Department of Archaeology, Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute
Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, founded in 1821, is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in India, and currently it has two departments, Archaeology and Linguistics. The Department of Archaeology has collected data about the surveys and excavations of sites around the state of Maharashtra from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages, and it has, especially, a wealth of information about ancient Buddhist cave temples.
The Social Research Institute, Chiang Mai University
Chiang Mai University, founded in 1964, is the largest national university in northern Thailand, with a vast campus at the foot of Mt. Suthep on the west side of Chang Mai, an ancient city. It is well known for social science research, and offers programs in both Thai and English for master’s degree and Ph.D. in the disciplines of anthropology and sociology.
Vietnam Institute of Archaeology
This is Vietnam’s only state-run institute of archaeology, affiliated with Vietnamese Academy of Social Science. It has been collecting the latest information about archaeological research not only in Vietnam, but also in surrounding Southeast Asian countries. Also, it has its own graduate school, conducting training of researchers.
Beijing Language and Culture University
This university is a mecca of language studies in China. Since 2007, it has been conducting research and studies in cooperation with Kanazawa University on the joint project of “Japan-China Intangible Cultural Heritage.” At the end of 2008, Chinese Dialect Atlas, China’s first extensive dialect atlas, edited by Cho Zhi Yun, was published from Commercial Press, to which the joint project of “Japan-China Intangible Cultural Heritage” made a contribution. They jointly hosted an international symposium in Beijing in the 2010 fiscal year. They also have carried out inviting activities with a view to training of young researchers. Please refer to “Dialect Culture Network” in Language Institute, Beijing Language and Culture University.
School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University
This School originated in the Laboratory of Archaeology established in the Department of Sinology in 1922. After New China was founded, Archaeology as a major was set up in the Department of History in 1952. About 30 years later, in 1983, Archaeology as a major was separated from the Department of History, and then the Department of Archaeology was set up. In 1988, Museology as a major started, and in 1998 School of Archaeology and Museology was established in cooperation with the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. After the organizational reform in 2007, it now consists of two departments, archaeology and cultural heritage studies. The former has five courses: Paleolithic Archaeology, Neolithic and Shang-Zhou Archaeology, Han-Tang-Song-Yuan Archaeology, Foreign Archaeology, and Technique in Archaeology. The latter has three: Museology, Conservation of Cultural Heritage, and Ancient Architecture. The School has about 50 professors in total, boasting the highest level in China in the disciplines of archaeology and cultural heritage studies. It concluded inter-department agreements with Graduate School of Human and Socio-Environmental Studies of Kanazawa University in March, 2009.
Soochow University and Soochow University Library
Soochow University, founded in 1900, is the oldest university in Jiangsu Province. It consists of eleven schools and departments such as humanity, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, etc., with 53, 000 students and over 1, 100 faculty members. It concluded inter-university agreements with Kanazawa University in 1997, the earliest among Chinese universities. The two universities have had many exchange records such as student exchange program and joint research on Japan-China Intangible Cultural Heritage Project.
School of Ethnic Cultures, Yunnan Nationalities University
Founded in 1951, Yunnan Nationalities University is an institution of higher education for ethnic minority students, and most of the faculty members are also ethnic minorities. School of Ethnic Cultures has conducted a great deal of research on language cultures of Yunnan ethnic minorities, based on fieldwork, under Head of the School, Liu Jin Rong (Lahu).
The Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
UC Berkeley is a prestigious school founded in 1868. The Department of Anthropology was set up in 1901 and today it boasts the top-ranked research level in the world in the disciplines of archaeology, cultural anthropology, ethnology, etc.
Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St Louis
Washington University, established in 1853, is one of the leading universities boasting very high-level education and research in America, and has produced many Nobel Prize winners. Department of Anthropology has a total of 36 faculty members, who have a large variety of specialties: cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, primatology, cognitive science, genetics, religious studies, and development studies.
Department of Music and Performing Art Professions, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
The faculty members, who present a wide variety of musical expressions ranging from solemn classical music to electronic music using IT, base their activities in this Department. The Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media (in Elmer Holmes Bobst Library) has collected materials of music and films from all over the world.
Institute of Technology, Bandung, Faculty of Art and Design : Indonesia
The Vice Ministry of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Guatemala