Are you in the early stages of your museum career and looking for challenging insights into the field? Then this is your opportunity to work with fellow colleagues on developing new projects:
“Of all the international training courses I’ve attended, what makes SAWA unique is how its format facilitates open dialogue. Leaving SAWA, I feel I‘ve learned so much about the museum culture of Sharjah, Berlin and the wider Middle East. But also about myself and the type of museum practitioner and person I want to be.”
A participant of 2018
SAWA س وا ( = Arabic for together) is a joint initiative of the Sharjah Museums Authority, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region together with the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW) aimed at students of museum studies and museum professionals in the early stage of their career from the MENA Region and Germany.
SAWA is devised as an introductory professional qualification program for those who want to learn about the diverse operational areas that museums cover. The program name was chosen to represent the structure of the Academic program, which by design consistently enforces mutual learning in all museum areas.
The SAWA program is taught by Arab-European teaching-teams, which devise each module of the curriculum in collaboration, taking into account the different local museological practices in the MENA Region and Europe.
SAWA views the Museum as an essential part of any society, as a living institution that has a responsibility to learn from its history in order to play an active part in shaping change for individuals, locally and globally.
SAWA aims to change not only museums but also foster societal change by addressing urgent issues such as social justice and climate change.
SAWA enables everyone involved to share knowledge, skills and best practice to support their individual professional development.
SAWA is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming experience for its participants. We value and promote diversity, inclusivity, fairness and openness and reject any form of discrimination, harassment, and racism. SAWA includes an introduction into Critical Diversity Literacy to demonstrate its ethical values.
SAWA participants work together towards expanding the SAWA glossary of museum terms. https://sawa.htw-berlin.de/glossary/
SAWA Museums Studies Program HTWBerlin Website
What we offer:
Leading-edge, multidisciplinary thinking and experimental practice in museum and heritage studies, divided into 4 distinct phases:
kick-off online seminar
Phase I: Workshop in Sharjah
Phase II: online seminars and project work
Phase III: Workshop in Berlin
Phase IV: online Seminars and presentations
Wrap up - farewell meeting
> for more detailed information and dates see program schedule
Cost coverage* for the onsite phases in Sharjah and Berlin
* Please note: Any other costs, such as transport costs between the place of residence and the departure/arrival airport, airport to hotel in Berlin and travel costs for visa application in the country of residence, as well as insurance have to be covered privately.
What we expect:
The application must include the following documents:
The application (in English) should emphasise the candidate’s motivation as well as the personal and professional benefit sought after from a participation.
Please submit your application on the latest by November 3rd 2022 via
The PDF-document should be named ‘Last name_First name_country’ (e.g. Doe_Jane_Germany).
Please note: Completeness of the application will affect the applicant’s chances for participation.
After the review by the selection committee, the invited participants will be notified around the end of November 2022.
For further questions, please contact:
Gundula Avenarius SAWA-Academy@HTW-Berlin.de
Aisha Deemas ADeemas@sma.gov.ae
Please note: The implementation of the program SAWA 2023 is subject to the availability of the required funding.
Please also note: Due to current EU travel regulations, a full COVID-19 vaccination with an EU-accepted vaccine is necessary for travellers from certain non-EU states to enter the EU/Germany.
Travellers to the UAE are required to present a negative RT-PCR test certificate with a QR code. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Travellers coming from some countries are required to take another PCR test on arrival. We do not fund the costs for vaccination or testing.
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