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Students set for really GREAT experience in Hong Kong

Excited students are embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hong Kong to work at the GREAT Festival of Innovation.

The festival - which runs from Wednesday to Saturday this week (21-24 March) and is organised by the UK’s Department for International Trade - focuses on how creativity, technology and innovation will change the way we work, live, learn and play in the years to come.

DMU is the sole education partner for the British Government’s GREAT campaign, and will be part of a packed programme that includes keynote speakers, panel discussions and masterclasses looking at how businesses can make the most of new technologies and markets while ensuring they promote sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices.

During the festival 350 second-year students from across all four faculties will be taking part in a #DMUglobal trip to help deepen their subject knowledge and experience new cultures in Hong Kong. The trip will also include a visit to the GREAT festival.

A dozen students from DMU will be acting as GREAT Ambassadors throughout the festival to offer a helping hand with coordinating the event and they are thrilled to be taking part.

Sheena Jitendra said: “I’m really excited to be going. Innovation is really important because it drives a more prosperous and sustainable tomorrow.”

Kat Meyer said: “I’m excited because there are going to be so many representatives of different countries that are going to be shown Britain at its best.”

Ashleigh Lowe added: “I'm looking forward to seeing DMU students and other British partnerships demonstrating innovation at the festival.”

Stephen Angell said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the amazing things DMU is showcasing at the festival and I’m really proud to be representing my uni.”

DMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard will give a showcase speech to the festival audience on Wednesday 21 March, outlining #DMUglobal and #DMUworks as the modern, innovative ways DMU is offering students international learning experiences and creative, flexible opportunities to gain practical, vital work experience. He will also hold a Q&A with DMU students.

As the official education partner of GREAT, DMU is showcasing the innovations of students and graduates in the fields of Fashion, Architecture, Game Art and Cyber Security.

Top UK figures speaking at the festival include chef Tom Kerridge, lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman, former GCHQ director Robert Hannigan and Blippar CEO Ambarish Mitra.

Posted on: Monday 19 March 2018

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