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Cardiff Met University Announces Partnership with Chinese Television Company

Cardiff Metropolitan University and Chinese company Phoenix Education have announced investment plans for a new media and communications education facility to be built in the city.

Cardiff Metropolitan University Media School Plans

Cardiff Metropolitan University and Chinese company Phoenix Education have announced investment plans for a new media and communications education facility to be built in the city.

Plans, costs and the exact location for the new media and communications school has yet to be decided, but the facility is set to include a range of teaching spaces and a TV media centre.


With the support of Phoenix Education, a branch of Chinese television company Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings, Cardiff Met is looking to emulate the success of Phoenix’s four media colleges located throughout China.


This ambitious project marks a unique milestone for Welsh higher education providers, as this is the first time that a Welsh university has partnered with a private firm to create new facilities for its campus.


Listed on the stock exchanges in both New York and Hong Kong, Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings has a global reach, generating 360 million viewers worldwide across its six television channels.

 

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The partnership was described by Cardiff Metropolitan’s President and Vice-Chancellor Antony J Chapman as being: ‘a project [that] is looking to attract considerable inward investment to the City and is the first scheme of its kind in Higher Education in Wales, and possibly in the UK.’


Representing Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings at the announcement, Managing Director of Phoenix Chinese News and Entertainment Channel (PCNE) and head of European Operations, Dr Wenguang Shao described the partnership as a way to: ‘attract the brightest and best in the IT and creative sector to Cardiff.’


Attracting the support of the City of Cardiff Council, the development of this new media and communications facility is the latest addition to the Welsh capital’s thriving creative sector. With the BBC’s Welsh production branch, BBC Cymru Studios, responsible for productions such as Doctor Who and Casualty, also based in Cardiff Bay, the city's media industry is set to continue to grow.

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