DMU will be UK's higher education partner at GREAT Festival of Innovation


Hundreds of students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) will join the Department for International Trade (DIT) at the high-profile GREAT Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong.
De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has been chosen as the UK’s higher education partner, representing British higher education at its best, alongside other GREAT partners from other sectors such as BBC Worldwide, Jaguar Land Rover, PwC, British Airways and HSBC.
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Talented students and academics will be part of DMU’s four-day showcase of sector-leading research in technology and design. Visitors will also see how our pioneering #DMUglobal programme has revolutionised studies and provided inspiration for thousands of students.
The festival from March 21-24, will show how new technology could change the way we work, learn and play in the future. DMU will be helping to bring each of those areas to life using virtual reality, interactive pop-up fashion salons and a special showcase of our pioneering #DMUglobal programme which has transformed educational experiences for thousands of students.
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.”

Tuesday marked 50 days to go until the festival. Marking the countdown, International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, highlighted that the Festival would give new and existing exporters the opportunity to further strengthen the UK’s reputation as a trading nation that is one of the best places to do business.
International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said:  “In 50 days the Great Festival of Innovation will bring together the best entrepreneurs and the most advanced technology from across the UK and Asia to explore how we will work, live, play and learn in the future.
“Led by my international economic department, this festival will be a major showcase for our talent, creativity and design on the world stage. From smart robots and cities to autonomous vehicles, the UK is already a global technology hub and the festival will help secure that position for generations to come.”
DMU will be bringing 350 second-year students to Hong Kong for the first large scale #DMUglobal trip ever held in the city. Over the course of five days, students will enjoy a series of tailored academic trips across the city gaining unique, valuable experiences which will bring their classroom studies to life. And as part of their experience, each student will get to visit the GREAT Festival of Innovation, taking part in events, hearing high-profile speakers and being part of the experience.
The GREAT Festival of Innovation will see hundreds of guests from the fields of industry, media, fashion and technology are being invited to the event. Industry leaders who will be speaking at the festival will be announced over the next few weeks.

Posted on Thursday 1st February 2018

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