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Sustainable Management

Almost all public museums in Egypt, including the Nubia Museum and the Luxor Museum, have been endeavouring to get independent or autonomous management. Such a tendency is common to public museums all over the world. Public museums in the U.S.A. have been managing themselves rather more independently than ones in Europe or other areas.

In order to secure and maintain such independent or autonomous management, a museum needs to, first of all, establish its own sustainable management system. It is an essential condition for establishing a sustainable management to continuously endeavour to extend and enrich revenues; furthermore, it is also a required condition to keep a sound cash-flow by dynamically balancing incomes and expenses.

Not only in the financial aspect, but also in operational aspect, such a sense of dynamic balance enables sustainable management: namely, a balance between education and entertainment, exhibition and research, quality control and market extension, etc.

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Accountable Finance

Independent or autonomous management also means that a public museum will be privatized, within its legal range, somehow. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the typical examples in Egypt.

Accountability for finance is at the very beginning to privatize a public museum. It is indispensable and supportive for establishing sustainable management to make and keep the financial management as transparent as possible.

The ICT infrastructure will enable such transparent financial management by extensively networking all relevant internal museum sections and by constantly publicizing financial data and records through the Internet.

Lasting Fundraising

Almost all major museums in the world, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, have been endeavouring to successively increase their funding with the aim to achieve further stable management. Thus they are making their utmost efforts for raising initial funding.

One of the most essential keys to successively raising funds will be to draw a perspective vision of museumfs future activities and share tangible but romantic, programmes for materializing the vision with the public through extensive publicity supported by the ICT infrastructure.


The attached photograph is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina which was recently constructed near the original site of the great library founded in the early 3rd century BC.


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