Tuesday, 9 February 2010

DMAF announces Support for New Higher Education Qualification ‘Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries’ (MCCI)

The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) announced its support for the ‘Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries’ (MCCI) with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between H.E. Hoda Al-Khamis Kanoo, Founder of ADMAF; and Dr. Simon Jones, Director of Higher Colleges of Technology (Abu Dhabi Men’s). The ceremony was attended by Jalal Luqman, one of two ADMAF scholars chosen to undertake the course.

The Masters programme was launched in October 2009 by the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and the Centre for Applied Research and Training (CERT). ADMAF joined representatives from these institutions to sign an MoU demonstrating the Foundation’s commitment to furthering cultural educational programs in the UAE. ADMAF provided support for the design and development of the Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries, as well as scholarships for two UAE citizens.

H.E. Hoda Al-Khamis Kanoo commented: “Furthering the educational programmes in the UAE is a cause very dear to my heart, and one of the core missions of the Foundation. Today’s MoU signing not only marks a new phase in ADMAF’s partnerships with educational institutions in the UAE, but is also an important day for the two recipients of the ADMAF scholarships. I feel that enabling artists Jalal Luqman and Sumayyah Al Suwaidi to take the next step in their careers in arts and culture, will strengthen the next generations’ understanding of the overall industry, which will in turn inspire further innovation and development.”

Dr. Jones commended the important role ADMAF plays in supporting arts, culture and education in Abu Dhabi, pointing out that the Abu Dhabi Men’s College has a special relationship with ADMAF. The College cooperates with the Foundation in organising a number of cultural trips for its students. Recently, ADMAF supported a trip to Zurich, where media students visited prestigious cultural institutions in Switzerland and Germany.

Dr. Jones added: “It is our pleasure to build bridges between many cultures and work on strengthening them in a systematic way. We are delighted that ADMAF is supporting the Masters in Cultural and Creative Industries presented by the Centre for Applied Research and Training (CERT) and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)”

The two Emirati visual artists selected to join the MCCI program are Jalal Luqman and Sumayyah al Suwaidi. Sumayyah is a skilled digital artist creating photographic masterpieces from seemingly familiar scenes. Jalal is a ground-breaking artist who combines metalwork with digital painting, creating provocative yet emotional works in this unique medium.

Following the MoU signing, ADMAF was invited to visit an MCCI class in progress, “Cultural and Creative Industries and their Organisations in Context”. Accompanied by Dr. Sian Prime, Director of the MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London, the delegation was able to experience firsthand some of the innovative ideas and topics discussed in the classes.

The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture and creativity for the benefit of society and the advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision. Established in 1996 by Her Excellency Mrs Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo, ADMAF is a not-for-profit organisation under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

ADMAF’s broad programme of initiatives and events - including the Abu Dhabi Festival and the International Comic Strip & Cartoon Art Festival among many others - brings together audiences of all ages and nationalities. Through its educational and community programs, it nurtures the creative talent of the UAE and beyond, in partnership with leading national and international institutions.

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