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UAL Hong Kong talent ready for global creative industries

Written by Cat Cooper
Published date 13 April 2019

UAL continues to feed the creative industries worldwide, with over thirty students graduating today from UAL’s flagship MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, Central Saint Martins and MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice, London College of Communication programmes delivered in Hong Kong, in partnership with HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE). They are the second cohort of graduates to successfully complete UAL Masters' in the city, in an innovative model where the programmes are taught simultaneously in London and Hong Kong through a blend of face-to-face and online learning.

The UAL and HKU SPACE partnership was established to feed demand for multi-skilled professionals, executives and entrepreneurs in Hong Kong’s growing arts, cultural and creative sector. Students gain a distinctly global perspective through the sharing of ideas locally and internationally.

Natalie Brett Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of London College of Communication, University of the Arts London:

This ongoing partnership between UAL and HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education demonstrates the strong links not just between our two institutions but between London and Hong Kong as creative capitals. These are places where bold, new, visionary thinking can take place. I’m sure you will contribute to the creative industries in these two cities, and beyond.

HKU SPACE is a leader in continuing education in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the region. It acts as an extension arm of the University of Hong Kong, providing lifelong learning opportunities to the community.

Professor William Lee Keng-mun, Director, HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education:

Many of you told us how you appreciated the chance to study a UAL programme in Hong Kong without the need to give up your career. The blended learning mode that combines online digital media with traditional classroom methods proves to be very effective — it helps overcome the geographical distance between teachers in the UK and students in Hong Kong. Looking forward, we plan to offer more UAL programmes at different levels to satisfy the demand for innovative and creative thinkers and practitioners in Hong Kong.

The city is home to nearly 3,000 UAL alumni and a further 7,000 UAL alumni live and work elsewhere in China. Graduates are invited to join UAL’s Alumni Association - a dynamic, creative network of graduates in art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts which has more than 200,000 former students and staff in close to 150 countries.

In January this year, UAL explored themes related to ‘Creative Cities’ with its second international pavilion hosted at Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts. The pavilion was part of the British Council’s SPARK festival: The Science of Art and Creativity, a major cultural exchange that celebrates a shared UK: Hong Kong future through creativity and innovation.

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