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  • Mengyu Liu, Visiting Scholar

     Mengyu Liu, Visiting Scholar from Tsinghua University, China

  • Utsha Gurung, Visiting Scholar from Bhutan

    Utsha Gurung, Visiting Scholar from Bhutan 

Global Initiatives 

Our students travel nationally or internationally to conduct investigations in renowned collections, to study cultures and context, and to work closely with skilled conservators, curators, and scholars who will provide alternative philosophical perspectives and conservation treatment methods. 

Global exposure enriches cultural knowledge and diversity, inspires creativity, fosters global partnerships, and enhances our students’ scholarship, impact, and marketability.

Our department seeks global experiences and partnerships that engage our faculty and students in preservation activities from the stabilization of architectural interiors to the education and training of allied professionals. We are working with institutions around the world.

  • Our undergraduate students have participated in a study abroad program at the Universite de Tarapacá in Arica, Chile where they helped prepare pre-Inka textiles for a traveling exhibit.   
  • Visiting scholars from Bolivia, Bhutan and Croatia, have taken part in our graduate courses, inspiring many with their passion and skills.  
  • We have been instrumental in fostering the improved preservation of photographic collections within institutions in India and throughout the Middle East where the field of photograph conservation is in its infancy and opportunities to collaborate with the Arab Image Foundation and others are exciting. A recent update on the 2011 season of the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative is available here.
  • At the invitation of the State Department, we have been involved as a partner in the Iraq Cultural Heritage Program that is helping to rehabilitate the Iraq Museum in Baghdad and has established a Conservation Training Center in Erbil, Iraq (Northern Iraq).  Students and faculty are involved in preparing the institute’s physical space as well as curriculum development and delivery  for the conservation program. 
  • We are partnering with colleagues from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China to conduct a survey, analysis, and assessment of 10th-century temple murals thanks to a UD Global Partnership award. 

These are all vital real-world collaborations that our students, faculty, and host institutions benefit from tremendously.



UD partnerships in Middle East conservation efforts

The University of Delaware’s leadership in the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage is just one of the collaborative ways in which UD art conservators are helping to preserve cultural treasures in the Middle East. Recently, UD's Department of Art Conservation and the Arab Image Foundation received funding to promote the awareness and preservation of photograph collections from North Africa and the Arab Peninsula through western Asia.