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April 25, 2002 Prost! Media-education exchange with Bavaria



German guests

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Guests from Germany, at a welcoming lunch at the University Club. Top row, left to right: Michael Hinterdobler, Director, Office of the State of Bavaria in Quebec; Michel Roppelt, Ministerial Councillor, Chancellery of the State of Bavaria; Dr. Ulrich Berls, Director of Bayerische Akademie für Film und Fernsehen; Karlheinz Weber, Director of Schule für Rundfunk und Technik; Peter C. Slansky, Professor, Hochschule für Fernsehen un Film. Seated, left to right: Marie Labelle, International Development Management, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications;Louise Gingras, Media and Telecommunications Management, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications; Donata von Oppen, Project Manager, Discovery Campus, Munich; Professor Gabriele Goderbauer-Marchner, Director, Medien Campus Bayern; Lucie Deschesnes, Co-operative Management, Ministère des Relations internationals.

Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj

by Barbara Black

A delegation of media-education specialists from the southern German state of Bavaria came to Concordia recently.

The Bavarians’ host here was Executive Director of Communications Dennis Murphy, who is also a professor of communications studies. Their visit was the result of a trip Dr. Murphy made to Munich in October to represent the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communication at an annual colloquium on e-commerce and marketing. It was held under the auspices of MedienCampus, the Bavarian government’s office responsible for monitoring media training and education.

The media industry is a dynamic sector in Bavaria, which has had links with Quebec for more than a decade.

The Bavarian delegation spent three days in Montreal, looking at how we prepare young people for careers in the media (film, television, public relations, marketing, etc.).

At Concordia, they visited the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and the Department of Communication Studies; elsewhere in Montreal, they went to INIS (Institut National de l’image et du son); Groupe Buzz Multimedia, Cité Multimedia and Télé-Québec, with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

They also met Colin Low, a distinguished National Film Board documentarist.

Three young people came with the delegation, but they won’t be going home to Germany until well into the summer. Two are media students, while the third is a TV producer. Their salaries will be paid by the state of Bavaria while they work here for four months to enrich their experience.