Glyndŵr University and First Minister secure £5 million Vietnam media contract
The Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University has addressed a 10,000-strong audience at a sports stadium in China.
Professor Michael Scott spoke to the crowd as part of the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the Southwestern University for Nationalities in Sichuan Province. He was the only representative of a foreign university accorded that honour. The celebrations were given considerable coverage in the Chinese media.
Earlier Professor Scott had signed a contract in the presence of the Prime Minister of Vietnam with the Vietnamese Television Corporation (VTC) to provide postgraduate training for the company in Hanoi and Wrexham.
The £5 million pound contract had been secured with the support of the First Minister for Wales who met with representatives of VTC and the Vietnamese government at the official opening of Glyndŵr University’s Centre for the Creative Industries in March.
The signing of the contract formed part of a ceremony to appoint Dr Thai Minh Tan as a Visiting Professor of Glyndŵr University which was broadcast on Vietnamese television attracting an estimate audience of 37 million, while an interview with Professor Scott on the Internet attracted 20 million viewers.
Under the terms of the contract, Glyndŵr University will deliver training in-house to VTC, covering a full range of media technical and production skills over the course of the next five years. This project will help the broadcasting company to meet quality standards comparable to those of BBC Cymru Wales. During their visit to Glyndŵr University in March the Vietnamese contingent met representatives of the BBC including their Director for Wales, Keith Jones.
Members of the University’s media and creative industries teams will work directly with Vietnam Television. New members of staff are likely to be recruited to support the five year project.
Professor Scott said: “This partnership is an important milestone for the University. But we did not reach this milestone alone and we offer our sincere thanks to Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, Lesley Griffiths AM and BBC Cymru Wales for their leadership and support. The involvement of BBC Cymru Wales in this project was an important part of winning the contract. I am also very grateful for the support of the Vietnamese authorities.
“At the heart of all our international pursuits is our commitment to our students. We are a university of international significance, open to all.
“We are a university for Wrexham, and we are a university for the world. The partnerships and consultancy opportunities we secure around the world will create empowered, skilled workforces. Our vision is to work in harmony with our international partners for mutual economic and societal benefit – locally and internationally.”
Stuart Cunningham, academic leader for the creative industries, media and performance said: “This opportunity opens a wealth of opportunities for our creative industries students in Wrexham. The exchange of ideas as this project evolves, and opportunities for cultural exchange are invaluable for students developing themselves for an increasingly internationalised job market.”