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China-Wales Arts and Cultural Industries Internship secured

China-Wales Arts and Cultural Industries Internship secured

An internship, for both the Chinese Dual Degree Programme and the new Research and MA programme Global Culture and Creativity, has been secured at the Arts Council of Wales with Wales Arts International and supported by Welsh Government. This is the latest development of the Chinese College at School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University.

A Memorandum of Understanding in the field of culture was signed by Chinese Vice Minister Ding Wei, and Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, in Cardiff in September 2015, during Vice-Premier Mrs Liu Yandong’s visit to Wales. The MOU was aimed at encouraging partnerships, learning opportunities and exchanges of exhibitions and performers to and from China and Wales. A China-Wales Engagement steering committee and a wider cultural stakeholder group was formed to guide the development of the two nations.

In February 2017, the first Wales arts business delegation visited Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, led by Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates and coordinated by Wales Arts International in conjunction with British Council. The team consisted of both private and institutional arts organisations from across Wales including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, National Theatre Wales, Ensemble Cymru, Hijinx, Flying Viper Illustrations and Open Books. Overwhelming opportunities were obtained from wide regions and arts and cultural sectors across China as a result of this visit.

Dr. Haili Ma, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and Dean of the Chinese College at Cardiff University was invited to be a member of Welsh Government’s China-Wales Engagement Steering Group, coordinated by Wales Arts International. An Internship scheme has been agreed with Arts Council of Wales to support Wales Arts International’s work in China through Dr. Haili Ma’s assisting of a visionary development, in both scale and depth, of the arts and business sectors in China and Wales.

The internship will utilise PhD researchers and students from the MA in Global Culture and Creativity and BA Chinese Dual Degree Programme from the Chinese College to assist the overall Wales-China arts business expansion. This unique internship scheme provides students with a rare opportunity to integrate their learning with full research and career development as well as provide Wales arts business sectors with coherent linguistic and research support in the sector of arts, cultural industries and creative economy - the research and teaching focuses of the Chinese College at Cardiff University. This internship will be co-managed by Dr. Haili Ma and Ms. Eluned Haf, Head of Wales Arts International.

This is the latest development of the Chinese College at Cardiff University, which was opened by Liu Yandong in 2015 during her visit to Wales. Both the Chinese BA degree and the MA in Global Culture and Creativity have distinct research and teaching focus on the 21st century cultural and creative economy, providing students with the latest arts business research and learning discourse, as well as unparalleled global networking and career opportunities.


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