UWIC Forms Fresh Bond with Malaysian Institute of Art 

The President of the Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA), Dr Kam Kow Choong, has made an exciting visit to the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) which has resulted in the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UWIC’s Cardiff School of Art & Design.  

The Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD) has held an MOU with the Malaysian Institute of Art for the past ten years, which recognised the quality of the student’s art and design work and formed the basis of progression onto degree courses at UWIC. 

With the previous contract having expired in 2007, Dr Choong’s recent visit to UWIC followed an initial investigative visit by Gareth Barham, senior lecturer and International Coordinator for CSAD to Malaysia, to develop UWIC’s existing relationship with the MIA in March of this year.

Having made a special trip from Kuala Lumpur, Dr Choong signed the new MOU on Tuesday, 30th September at CSAD’s Howard Gardens campus, along with Dean of Cardiff School of Art & Design, Professor Gaynor Kavanagh.

This new agreement will not only form the framework for a Malaysian student’s progression onto the degree courses in the Cardiff School of Art & Design, but it will also enable staff and student exchanges allowing exciting opportunities for both Malaysian and UWIC students to broaden their creative cultural horizons.
In addition, this too will help give MIA students an insight into the pedagogical environment of CSAD giving them the confidence to study with us for their degrees in Cardiff. 

Working under this new contract, Gareth Barham will be the first member of staff to visit to the MIA during the first half of 2009, where he will run a creativity workshop with students, which will give a taster of life at the Cardiff School of Art & Design.

Whilst visiting the school, Dr Choong was given a tour of the facilities and student work at the Cardiff School of Art & Design and met with Professor Anthony Chapman, Vice Chancellor at UWIC. 

Professor Gaynor Kavanagh commented: “Dr Choong’s visit to UWIC marks the continuation of a relationship that started ten years ago.  This is a bond that we very much hope will grow even stronger over the next ten years and I look forward to both welcoming MIA students to UWIC and hearing of the experiences of our students when they visit Malaysia.”

During the President’s trip, many gifts were exchanged, which symbolised the friendship built between the two institutions.
Dr Choong presented a Chinese calligraphy scroll to Professor Kavanagh created to especially commemorate the occasion and also presented similar Chinese calligraphy scripts as a symbol or celebration to both Professor Anthony Chapman, Gareth Barham and John Phillips, Dean of International Affairs.

In return, Steve Thompson, Head of Creative Media, presented the President with a print made especially, by Ray Nicklin, senior Graphic Communications lecturer.
Richard Morris, Head of Material Arts & Foundation also presented Dr Choong with a ceramic lidded jar, which was created by Graham Williamson, Technical Demonstrator for Ceramics.

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