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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 27 Nov 2005

NAFA bags prestigious honour at British Business Awards


NAFA bags prestigious honour at British Business Awards

The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) was honoured with the inaugural ¡°Education & Training¡± award at the recent British Business Awards 2005.
At the Awards Ceremony held on 18 November 2005 at the Regent Singapore, four other finalists apart from NAFA, namely LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Tanglin Trust School, Think 8 Pte Ltd and Centre Stage School of the Arts Pte Ltd, were shortlisted in the newly-introduced ¡°Education & Training¡± category.
This annual event was organised by the British Chamber of Commerce. NAFA¡¯s entry was nominated by the British Council.
The award for NAFA is to recognise the Academy¡¯s support for British businesses and its efforts in fostering closer cultural ties with British educational counterparts.
Over the last decade, NAFA has established many rewarding partnerships and collaborations with a number of British institutions, including cultural and academic exchanges, as well as the running of franchised degree and postgraduate programmes in diverse creative disciplines.
Training of NAFA¡¯s Students
The collaboration with UK educational institutions, renowned for their high academic standards, has provided immense opportunities for NAFA students to pursue higher education beyond their diploma studies through franchised degree programmes, thereby contributing to the training of Singapore¡¯s manpower resources to meet the needs of the Republic¡¯s creative art and design industry.
Their immersion in the British education system through practical attachments under the training programmes exposes them to the latest trends and ideas in Britain and the West, and refines their skills to meet industry needs in Singapore.
(Please refer to the Annex for the list of UK partner universities and the respective undergraduate and post-graduate courses, as well as other areas of cooperation.)
Other Benefits to Singapore and UK under Current Educational Collaboration Programmes
NAFA¡¯s close links with the British universities have also resulted in the following mutual benefits:

¡¤  Promote closer people-to-people contacts, especially between the academia and students of NAFA and the British institutions, leading to better understanding of the history, culture and the arts education systems of the two countries

¡¤  Promote a greater exchange of information, knowledge and ideas and better understanding of the learning infrastructures of higher education, system and processes as well as curriculum changes for the betterment of NAFA courses

¡¤  Promote joint-teaching and assessments, joint-exhibitions, research collaboration, conferences, continuous professional practice and staff development that contributed to the transfer of knowledge and skills for mutual benefit

¡¤  Contribute to the creation of a diverse international profile of students admitted into joint-programmes, including the recent admission of the first MA student from UK under the Isle of Man Government grants award to pursue a full-time research in ¡°Comparing Western Contemporary Arts to Oriental Contemporary Arts¡± at NAFA

¡¤  Promote recognition of product values and designs that have led to a further 3-tier collaborative engagement (Singapore/UK/Netherlands) in 2005 with Philip Design and the proposed development of ¡°Research Lab¡± at NAFA

¡¤  Expose NAFA music students to the more established music and theatre practice and learning systems in Britain through the BA (Hons) in Music conducted at NAFA and validated by University of Wales in 2001, and the new BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts offered in Oct 2005

¡¤  Strengthen NAFA¡¯s training programme in theatre and stage management through the introduction of the franchised degree programme in BA (Hons) Arts Management in Jul 2005, conferred by University of Huddersfield

¡¤  Enhance the image and reputation of NAFA¡¯s fashion design/fashion merchandising degree programmes delivered in collaboration with University of Huddersfield

Cultural Exchanges in the Performing Arts
Cultural exchanges in the performing arts between NAFA¡¯s student artists and British artists/art practitioners form another visible aspect of this meaningful cooperation, with regular staging of concerts by British musicians in NAFA for the appreciation of NAFA students, who also benefit from their masterclasses and workshops, e.g. Prof James Watson¡¯s trumpet performance with NAFA Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Oct 2005; and piano masterclasses with concert pianist, Mr Steven Osborne and Mr Mark Ray, Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music on 22 Apr 2004 and 11 Aug 2004 respectively, among others.
Gifted music students from NAFA¡¯s School of Young Talents also enjoy regular exchanges with the music schools/colleges by performing and attending masterclasses.
NAFA will continue with the policy of cultivating a closer relationship and initiating more collaborative projects with UK universities to enhance its present successful educational partnerships with British tertiary institutions in the visual and performing arts, as well as in fashion studies.

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