Chinese Delegation Visits Cogswell College

Chinese Delegation at Cogswell     Chinese Delegation

Recognizing the global nature of digital media industries, Cogswell knows how important it is to foster ties with both educational and industry groups throughout the world. On November 18, 2010 we had the opportunity to host a group of 15 Chinese government officials and business leaders during the group’s Bay Area tour. Mr. Chen Yin, Yangpu District Party Secretary, led the Chinese delegation while the Bay Area Council organized the trip. Cogswell Trustee, David Nieh of Shui On Land, was one of the 8 private sector representatives.

Our visitors sought to learn more about our innovative teaching model and how Cogswell partners with bay area digital media firms. Of particular interest to the group was Cogswell's work with Concept Art House (CAH) on its Daomu video game project. CAH has offices in San Francisco and the Yangpu District where it offers additional training to digital artists coming out of Shanghai Universities.

During the tour the group had the chance to talk to Cogswell faculty, Albert Chen, who developed the partnership with CAH and created this chance for our students to gain valuable work experience. The delegation also viewed, “The Offering,” a short animated film produced at Cogswell under the umbrella of the Project X class. The film has won numerous awards and will be screened at the upcoming 2010 SIGGRAPH Asia Conference in Seoul, South Korea. Project X and the Game Studio classes are both excellent examples of how Cogswell collaborates with industry to enhance the education our students receive.

Cogswell has a history of developing successful, cooperative relationships with Chinese Universities which makes the college ideally suited to work with the Yangpu District as it seeks to develop its intellectual capital and talent exchange especially in the digital media space.

The Yangpu District is one of the three pilot Innovation Districts recognized by the national government. Its task is to prioritize the development of high-tech industries and the rapid creation of modern service, electronic information, solar technology, new materials and innovation industry clusters. These clusters rely on strong universities and their scientific research capabilities for the incubation of new marketable technologies.

December 10, 2010