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International Trade Secretary praises DMU for leading the way in innovation

The UK’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has praised De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) for leading the way in innovation for future generations as it prepares to attend a global showcase promoting Great Britain.

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The Minister made the comments ahead of the Great Festival of Innovation which takes place in Hong Kong next week at which DMU will be playing a major role.

DMU is the UK’s higher education partner at the Festival, representing British education at its best, alongside other GREAT partners such as BBC Worldwide, PwC, British Airways and HSBC.

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Around 350 students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) are making the trip to the prestigious Hong Kong showcase which runs from March 21 to 25.

Visitors to the prominent event will also be able to learn more about the university’s pioneering #DMUglobal programme which offers all students international experiences to enhance their classroom studies and raise their cultural awareness.

During the Festival #DMUglobal will offer its 350 students visiting Hong Kong with a series of tailored academic trips across the city, bringing to life the knowledge and skills they have learned in the lecture theatre and the laboratory.

Dr Liam Fox said: “The UK’s education sector is world renowned for its high quality and universities like DMU are leading the way in innovating for future generations. From virtual reality to game art, students around the world are experiencing education like never before.

“As an international economic department, DIT is ensuring British businesses make the most of growing markets like Hong Kong and exporting goods around the world. The GREAT festival of Innovation will be a major showcase for the UK in Asia, and a shop window for the best of our creativity and innovation.”

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Students will also get to visit the GREAT Festival where they will be inspired by high-profile Brits from the world of stage, screen, business, politics and technology.

Student innovation from DMU will also be on show by using virtual reality, fashion design, cyber security practises and game art techniques to illustrate how the next generation will work, live, play and learn.

Nabeelah Ahmed Omarjee, who is studying a PhD in Cognitive Psychology, will be GREAT Ambassador during the Festival, helping to organise events on behalf of DMU.

She said: “I am really excited to be at an exhibition which will focus on how innovation is changing the way we learn. I will have the chance to look at technological advances and see how they are driving teaching forwards.

“The amount of information that is at our fingertips is incredible and it means the way we work and play is changing. Sharing that information at this festival with people from around the world is important to help us all adapt and benefit from those changes.

“DMU students can send out an important message saying Britain is a great place to learn.”

Professor Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of DMU, said: “Creativity and innovation are central pillars of today’s knowledge economy and vital qualities for students’ employability. They are also critical aspects of the outstanding teaching and student experience on offer at DMU.     

"We are proud therefore to be the principal higher education partner for the GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong and to be showcasing our work to a global audience.

“Our universities are among the UK’s greatest assets, recognised and celebrated around the world. We look forward to playing a central role in taking that message out through the GREAT campaign in the weeks and months to come.”

Posted on Tuesday 13th March 2018

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