In­ter­na­tional film school set for Shang­hai

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By WANG HONGYI

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Shang­hai Univer­sity and Canada’s Van­cou­ver Film School (VFS) will jointly es­tab­lish an in­ter­na­tional film school in Shang­hai to cul­ti­vate more high-level talent for China’s film in­dus­try.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the side­lines of the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val on June 15.

The Shang­hai Van­cou­ver Film School will be lo­cated at Shang­hai Univer­sity’s Yan­chang Cam­pus in the Zhabei district. It will of­fer four ma­jors: film pro­duc­tion, 3D an­i­ma­tion and vis­ual ef­fects, sound de­sign for vis­ual me­dia and makeup de­sign for film and tele­vi­sion. All cour­ses will be from VFS, a pres­ti­gious en­ter­tain­ment arts in­sti­tu­tion in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada,

Founded in 1987, Van­cou­ver Film School has achieved wide recog­ni­tion.

About two thirds of the fac­ulty in the Shang­hai Van­cou­ver Film School will come from North Amer­ica, and a con­sid­er­able num­ber of them will be world-fa­mous ac­tors and ac­tresses, in­clud­ing the win­ners of Os­car and Emmy awards.

Shang­hai Univer­sity and the district govern­ment also plan to es­tab­lish an in­ter­na­tional film and tele­vi­sion park in the district to en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of film­mak­ing, an­i­ma­tion, en­ter­tain­ment and dig­i­tal me­dia. The Sino-Cana­dian film school will be a base for global film post-pro­duc­tion.

The part­ner­ship is the city’s lat­est ef­forts to deepen ed­u­ca­tion re­form and pro­mote in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion.

Shang­hai en­cour­ages ed­u­ca­tion prac­tices that in­te­grate in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion con­cepts and Chi­nese fea­tures to fur­ther raise the level of ed­u­ca­tion, ac­cord­ing to the city’s ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment plan for 2011 to 2015 pe­riod,

Ear­lier this year, Shang­hai Qibao Dwight High School, the coun­try’s first Sino-US high school was es­tab­lished by Shang­hai Qibao High School and the United States’ New York-based Dwight School. One of the high­lights of this school is its ed­u­ca­tion model, which in­te­grates in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized cour­ses and Chi­nese fea­tures.

The board­ing school plans to en­roll 150 stu­dents in the fall, with 100 stu­dents from Shang­hai and 50 from other prov­inces and over­seas.

In 2012, Shang­hai New York Univer­sity was founded. It is China’s first China-US univer­sity that is an in­de­pen­dent le­gal en­tity, op­er­ated by New York Univer­sity and Shang­hai’s East China Nor­mal Univer­sity.

Its ed­u­ca­tion model and in­ter­na­tional cour­ses for higher ed­u­ca­tion have drawn at­ten­tion from Chi­nese stu­dents. The univer­sity en­rolled 300 stu­dents in 2013, with 151 stu­dents from the Chi­nese main­land and 149 from over­seas coun­tries. Chi­nese stu­dents were from 10 prov­inces or mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. The en­roll­ment plan for 2014 has ex­panded to all Chi­nese main­land stu­dents.

“Shang­hai strives to cre­ate an in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion city that full of di­verse cul­tural el­e­ments and back­grounds. This will help ex­pand Chi­nese stu­dents’ vi­sion and im­prove their abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate with the world,” said Yang Weiren, an of­fi­cial at the in­ter­na­tional ex­change and co­op­er­a­tion depart­ment of the Shang­hai mu­nic­i­pal ed­u­ca­tion com­mis­sion.

Yang said the city is look­ing to more in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and to es­tab­lish high-level in­ter­na­tional schools, rang­ing from high schools to vo­ca­tional schools and uni­ver­si­ties. It also is en­cour­ag­ing uni­ver­si­ties to have more high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams with over­seas in­sti­tutes.

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