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International News ... China and Austria

International News ... China and Austria

Published on: Saturday, 18 September 2010

CIT strengthens its Chinese Links

A strong delegation of representatives from Cork Institute of Technology, Cork Chamber, UCC and Cork City Council arrived in the city of Shanghai, China on the 8th September, to promote Cork and to develop new business opportunities and partnerships in culture, education and research.

Representing CIT is Orla Flynn, Acting Head of CIT Crawford College of Art & Design who said, “Cork Institute of Technology is seeking to explore new and consolidate existing relationships with Universities in Shanghai, Dalian, Wuhan and Jingzhou. Particular areas of interest are in Art & Design, where CIT Crawford College of Art & Design wishes to establish connections with the College of Fine Art at the University of Shanghai, with a view to bringing the work of renowned glass artist Prof. XiaoWei Zhuang and his students to exhibit in the CCAD’s new exhibition space at Wandesford Quay Gallery. The National Maritime College of Ireland, which is part of CIT, will also feature in the promotional activity”.

The week-long visit builds on the success of previous missions since the twinning of Cork and Shanghai in May 2005. China is now one of the world’s leading economies and Cork businesses are competing and seeking to win business in this dynamic and fast changing market. Businesses from the construction, tourism, education, engineering and technology sectors will build on this success and take part in a range of promotional events with their Shanghai counterparts with a view to generating business and highlighting the opportunities which exist for Chinese companies to invest in Cork. UCC and CIT representatives will seek to further develop educational and research linkages while Cork City Council will focus on furthering cultural partnerships.

Xiao Fang Zhang at the Shanghai Expo 2010Earlier this year CIT PhD Student, Xiao Fang Zhang showcased a promotional CIT DVD, designed to attract Chinese Students to study at CIT, at the Irish Pavillion at Expo 10 in Shanghai, China.

The three-minute promotional video was produced by Raven Design in Cork and showcases the best of Cork and Xiao’s experience since coming to Ireland. Xiao, originally from Dalian City, in China, has been a student at CIT since 2004.

Xiao’s "Postcard from the Edge OF Europe" can be viewed here

CIT exhibits with its partner Hochschule Darmstadt

CIT exhibits with its partner Hochschule Darmstadt, with whom it has been running a jointly-awarded and jointly-accredited Bachelor/Masters programme since 2005 (BA (Hons) Multimedia, MA in Media Design). At CAMPUS ’10 there were 12 Projects from Darmstadt and 3 Projects from CIT. This was the first ever joint exhibition at CAMPUS, it was also the first time both courses have exhibited together. The exhibition opened on 2nd September 2010 and ran for 6 days.

The 3 Projects representing CIT were:

AmbientKnowledge: An investigation into the use of Ambient Information Systems to inform house owners on the energy usage of their homes.
(Alan Meany, Masters in Media Design)

Ceannacht: An exploration into challenging existing Irish stereotypes by comparing current non-national and international views of Ireland.(Laura Kacinauskaite, BA Multimedia)

Presto: A public interactive digital experience that provides people of all levels of artistic ability with a platform to express themselves through the creation of digital visuals, and allow them to exhibit this work in a public space.
(Ian O’Leary, Niamh Hutton and John Constant, BA Multimedia)


The work exhibited by students of CIT Crawford School of Art and Design, was created while studying for their BA in Multimedia and MA in Media Design. These projects were self initiated by the students and then developed and implemented in the final year of their studies. Dealing with areas such as Monitoring Energy Consumption, Enabling Artistic Creation and Exploring National Stereotypes, these projects form a fair reflection of the wide breadth of topics that our students confront each year.

The BA in Multimedia has been delivered in the Department of Media Communications since its inception in 1999. During this period, the course has continuously developed in order to meet the ever changing needs of the Digital Media sector. When the course was successfully franchised to h_da Hochschule Darmstadt, the two courses were validated in May 2007 with a Joint Award agreement. Since then, CIT has welcomed over 20 students from h_da to study for their Joint BA, while a similar number of students has gone to Darmstadt in order to complete a portion of their studies. In 2008, we commenced the delivery of the jointly accredited MA in Media Design, this course has proved to be successful in developing the students’ work, skills and understanding to a high commercial standard.

An aspect of the course that has continued throughout the years is our focus on developing the students’ core skills as well as developing their conceptual understanding of Digital Media. From this multi-disciplinary approach our graduates have demonstrated, in many fields, that they are able to direct and manage Interactive Media Projects, with a full understanding of all issues involved. We envisage a new type of multidisciplinary graduate who combines technological competence with artistic and creative endeavour. We hope that the work on show demonstrates these qualities, and that you engage with the work and enjoy the experience.

Trevor Hogan
Course Coordinator BA Multimedia.
CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, Ireland.

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