Delegation from Hebei University visits the University of Portsmouth

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) recently received a delegation from Hebei University, the only key comprehensive university co-established by the Province and the Ministry in Hebei Province, China.

Hebei University’s College of Art is one of the most comprehensive higher education art institutions in Hebei province. It aims to become a high-level training and creation base with strong academic background to bring up talented artists. The college has six academic departments; Music, Art and Design, Film and Television, Painting, Dancing and Art education. There are also nine bachelor degrees offered within the college consisting of Music, Visual Communication Design, Environmental Design, Drama Literature, Painting, Animation, Broadcast and TV Directing, Dance, and Calligraphy. The college has its own music hall, art galleries and workshops. It also has four master degrees and four Master of Fine Arts degrees.

The guests consisted of the Vice President of Hebei University, Professor Shusheng Kang, Dean of Teaching Affairs Division, Professor Yinglong Wang, Executive Deputy Dean of Industrial and Commercial College, Professor Baoli Hu, Deputy Dean of HBU-Uclan School of Media, Communication and Creative Industries, Associated Professor Hongbo Duan and Programme Officer of the International Office, Mr Minghui Zhang. The delegation was warmly welcomed by the International Office and CCI where they were given a tour of Eldon building, accompanied by Dr Steve Hand, Head of the School of Creative Technologies, which was followed by a discussion hosted by Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of CCI.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Hebei University visitors, and there were notable synergies that will allow us to develop this partnership effectively” elated Professor Catherine Harper.

Key points that were discussed between the visitors and the University of Portsmouth were:

  • the opportunities for students from the industrial and commercial college to study in Portsmouth through an articulation arrangement.
  • the opportunities for staff to undertake medium term cpd placements (4-6 months) within the Faculty, and potentially across Faculties – particularly with the School of Languages and Area Studies for language tuition.
  • advice on the development of a Fashion & Textiles undergraduate programme with links to industry (bearing in mind the planned creation of a new industrial park in Baoding).

Bryony Whitmarsh, International Coordinator for CCI commented, “We enjoyed a wide-ranging discussion with our visitors from Hebei University about teaching and learning practice, models for developing an industry-relevant curriculum and ways of supporting staff development. We look forward to working together and welcoming colleagues from Hebei University back to Portsmouth very soon.”

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