British Universities begin a collaboration with the Belarusian university in exile, the EHU, following a study tour to London.
EHU faculty members met with fellow professors, attended a social media conference, visited post-production studios in Soho, and the BBC Russian Service in London as part of a five-day study tour. The tour helped EHU professors establish important connections as well as to learn important developments in media education.
Dr. Ousmanova, Dean of the EHU’s Media Department, said her visit to Goldsmiths University was, ‘beyond all expectations – their facilities for media practice was incredible…faculty from Goldsmiths are now planning to cooperate with our university”. Dr. Ousmanova is now discussing with Goldsmith’s new ideas for the EHU’s doctoral media programmes as well as how to expand the the EHU’s media hub.
Faculty also had the opportunity to visit several events at the worldwide Social Media Week, including visits to Google Campus, Microsoft, and Facebook headquarters in London. Discussions and networking events ranged from the use of social media at the London Olympics 2012, methods to use social media to go ‘global’ and how to maximize social media strategies for social impact.
The study tour was organized as part of the Media Education for Democracy project, funded by the European Union, and implemented by IREX Europe together with BBC Media Action, which helped the EHU Media and Communications Department to launch its new, modern journalism education programme. This included setting up a multimedia training facility (learn more about the Emediahub), where students now receive practical training in television broadcasting, radio, print, and modern multimedia journalism. The EHU, based in Vilinius, Lithuania, is currently the only Belarusian university committed to promoting academic freedom and the process of integrating a European higher education on BA and MA levels.
Sasha Ihnatovich from the EHU discussing with the Head of the BBC Russian Service
Professor at Kingston University showing their university’s green room and PhD programmes in film making
BBC Studios on Regent Street