On Thursday 8th June, the University of Portsmouth‘s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries welcomed partners from across China. The partners were visiting the University as part of the first ever China Partners Conference, organised by the University’s International Office.
The Conference took place over a period of two days, and offered partners the opportunity to engage with academic members of staff and students in all the Faculties. The Faculty has several key partners in China, and we were particularly delighted to welcome Gao Mei, from the Study Abroad Base at the Beijing Film Academy.
Their visit to the Faculty took in some of our facilities, such as our Production Centre, Motion Capture Suite, CCI TV Green Screen, Digital Studio and Games Lab. Partners had the opportunity to experience our latest projects including a 3D film showcasing the work of this year’s Fashion and Textiles graduates, Tritsch Tratsch, using an HTC VIVE headset; the live broadcasts from our CCI TV students from the Mary Rose Museum; and the annual GameJam event. They were also able to experience our CCI Graduate Show and learn about how our students showcase their work professionaly, and work on real projects with industry partners.
The visit was supported by Zhang Wei, our visiting scholar from the Wuhan Institute of Technology, who was able to share her experience of working with students in the School of Architecture, and two of our own members of staff from China. Both Si QIao and Yuan Yang teach in our School of Creative Technologies and were kind enough to offer translation support for the whole visit. We have a diverse global community in the Faculty, with students and staff from over 44 countries and are extremely lucky to be able to draw upon our own cultural experiences and expertise.
CCI International Coordinator, Bryony Whitmarsh, said: “We look forward to developing new contacts made, and supporting the development of our existing partnerships to enable students and staff to travel and engage in intercultural activities in the future.”