From September 16 to 23, Xie Changjing, Secretary of the Party Committee of GAFA, and his delegation were invited by the University of Wales Trinity St David, Glasgow School of Art, Joshibi University of Art and Design and Musashino Art University to carry out academic visits to the United Kingdom and Japan. Mr. Wu Duan, Director of Foreign Affairs Office, Executive Deputy Director of Foshan Campus Management Committee, and Mr. Sun Kaijun, Director of Logistic Office, accompanied the delegation on the visit.
On September 17, Xie Changjing and his delegation went to the University of Wales Trinity St David for an academic visit. Esther Liu, Regional Head of Business Development in East and Southeast Asia of Wales Global Academy of Wales Trinity St David University, and others warmly received the delegation. The two sides reviewed the exchanges and cooperation between the two universities in joint training and other aspects, and affirmed the achievements achieved during the period. Both sides expressed the hope to further enhance exchanges and interactions on the existing basis. Later, the delegation visited the university's art museum and library, and conducted research on related studios.
On September 18, Professor Thomas Greenough, Director of Global Academic Development, Scott Parsons, Director of Strategy and Marketing Department, Professor Sally Stewart, Head of The Mackintosh School of Architecture, Professor Gordon Hush, Head of the School of Innovative Technology, and others warmly welcomed the delegation from GAFA. The two sides reviewed the exchanges and cooperation in the fields of professional exhibitions and joint training, and exchanged in-depth views on teacher visits, student exchanges, teaching workshops and other fields. Afterwards, the delegation visited relevant studios and professional painting studios of GSA.
On September 21, Xie Changjing and his delegation went to Japan to visit Joshibi University of Art and Design. Goto Kosuke, Vice President of the University, Ueda Kiichi, Director of the Department of Educational Affairs, Hinuma Teiko, Director of the Department of International Office, and Professor Yokoyama Kastuki received the delegation. Joshibi is one of the first overseas institutions to establish exchange cooperation relations with GAFA, and has a history of cooperation for 25 years. The two sides reviewed the exchanges and cooperation between the two universities in professional exhibitions, teacher visits, student exchanges and other aspects, hoping to continue to strengthen exchanges and promote the improvement of teaching, research and creation level of the teachers and students of the two universities. Accompanied by Ms. Akiko Hayashi and others, the delegation observed the teaching of Interior Design, Dyeing and Weaving, and visited the exhibition hall, workshops and professional painting studio.
On September 22, President Kabayama of Musashino Art University and Professor Kobayashi warmly received the delegation and held a symposium. President Kabayama hoped to take this opportunity to promote the cultivation of art talents between the two universities. Xie Changjing said that Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, as the only independent higher institution of fine arts in South China and even the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area, has a long history, profound cultural accumulation, openness and inclusiveness, and shows diversity and innovation in the integration of domestic and foreign arts. He looks forward to promoting exchanges and cooperation with Musashino Art University during this visit. After the discussion, the delegation visited the library, art gallery, studio and other public spaces of the school.
This visit has effectively expanded and enhanced the exchanges and cooperation between GAFA and first-class art colleges and universities in the world, which will further promote the high-quality development and the international level of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.