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South Regional TAFE holds masterclass for visiting Chinese digital animation students

South Regional TAFE has hosted a Digital Animation Masterclass for a delegation of Chinese students, positioning the college as a world leader in the area of teaching digital animation skills.

The delegation of 10 Chinese students participated in a 1½-day masterclass, held at the Margaret River campus, to learn about the latest developments in digital animation in Western Australia.

The college bid successfully for the funding as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Sister State relationship between Western Australia and the Zhejiang Province in the People's Republic of China. Funding for this has been provided by the Office of Multicultural Interests Chinese New Year Program and the Department of State Development.

Sister State relationships aim to create and develop cultural and friendship links between overseas countries. These links can lead to developments in trade, business and cultural exchange.

South Regional TAFE Managing Director Duncan Anderson said the college was chosen to host the event after showcasing its abilities in digital media and animation, and for its proven track record in nurturing creative industries.

“We were really pleased to host this event at our Margaret River Education Campus and welcome the Chinese students to the South West,” Mr Anderson said.

“It was a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate our digital animation skills training and encourage the students to further engage with Western Australia’s creative industries,” he added.

“I would like to thank our experienced local lecturers, including Mike Dunn and Fran Jackson, for running the Masterclass and the other staff involved in making this event possible.

“The success of the event can also be attributed to the collaboration between State Government agencies including the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Office of Multicultural Interests and the Department of State Development.”

Chinese student Luo Meng Yuan was impressed by the modern facilities and the equipment that was used during the class.

"The interaction with the teacher is important and I thought the teacher was very good and keen to share his knowledge," she said.

November 2017 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Sister State relationship between WA and China’s Zhejiang Province.

The Governments of both regions are working together to create a program to celebrate the milestone and promote collaboration.

It is expected that there will be various education exchange programs and sector-level business visits and events taking place over the year.

Photo shows Chinese students Luo Meng Yuan and Hu Yu with the principal of Zhejiang Business College Jiang Hanzhi and Department of State Developments Ngor Tan being welcomed to South Regional TAFE by Shire of Augusta Margaret River CEO Gary Evershed and South Regional TAFE Managing Director Duncan Anderson.

Page last updated February 20, 2017