The University of Portsmouth received a visit from; the Indonesian Ambassador, Rizal Sukma, the Education and Culture Attache, Professor E. Aminudin Aziz, Mrs. Hana Satriyo (wife of Ambassador), Ms Keumala Sukma (daughter of Ambassador), Mrs Okky Palma (Second Secretary) and Ms Alysha Maulidina. They were invited with the support of Cynthia Langeveldt, the co-founder of Jera Creative Agency.
On arrival they received a welcome talk by the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Trevor Keeble.
Then they given an introduction to BA (Hons) Film Production including an overview of the subject area with Senior Lecturer Johnny Lochland as well as an introduction to BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design with Senior Lecturer Lara Torres.
Following that they were given a demonstration of the Motion Capture Studio with Interim Head of School Kevin Curtis and Principal Technician Alex Counsell.
Lunch, hosted by the School of Architecture, included an overview of the school with Head of School Pam Cole and International Coordinator Roberto Braglia.
The day then finished with a meeting to discuss the University’s Global Engagement Strategy with the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement Chris Chang, Director of UoP Global Bobby Mehta, and CCI Associate Dean for Global Engagement Bryony Whitmarsh.
The Ambassador, his wife and the Education and Culture Attache were impressed with the use of cutting edge technology across all of our programmes, the quality of students work, innovation evident across all disciplines, the community-focused approach to project design, and most of all the quality of our teaching. The students they met demonstrated the way in which their courses are preparing them for employment.
During the talks in the visit there was an interest to send an expert on indigo to offer a session for students during Global Week in 2019 (March 18th).
This meant strong interest in the potential for us to offer short courses and teacher training, particularly in the areas of fashion and film production. Recognition was also shown that we would benefit from the sharing of expertise, predominantly in digital and craft techniques.
Professor Aziz provided an update on the Government’s Education Policy, including an ambitious programme to enable 5,000 lecturers to gain PhDs in 5 years.
Furthermore, a focus on post-graduate training in a number of areas including Fashion and Textiles, Film Production and a changing regulatory environment that hopes to encourage branch campuses and other collaborations.