UDs strengthens ties with the Karlsruher Institute
Dschang SIC/UDs 04/10/15.The University of Dschang is currently having a one week workshop organized by the Department of Foreign and Applied Languages in partnership with the Karlsruher Institute of Technology in Germany. This workshop which runs from the 28th of September to the 8th of October is geared towards strengthening cooperation ties with the Universities of Karlsruher and the University of Dschang. The first three days of the workshop saw the presence of lecturers and students, who turned out to receive concepts on media studies in cultural activities from Dr. Claudia Pinkas-Thompson, a lecturer at the Institute of Technology in Germany. This initiative is beneficial to the University community as Prof. GOUAFFO, Head of Department of Foreign and Applied Languages explains, “We deemed it necessary that this project should not be beneficial only to the German students but decided to extend this program to the University of Dschang which in principle is a nine year program everything being equal”. Dr, Claudia gave lectures to participants on numerous topics such as ‘Introduction to Media studies: Theory, history and aesthetics, Mass media and popular culture , Reproduction and Representation through the work of Benjamin Walter and how photography and film differ among other very enlightening media topics. She hopes to offer more to solidify the bond between her institution and the University of Dschang. “This cooperation is just at the very start and I am the first member of my institution to have been sent to Dschang to introduce media studies, am looking forward to sharing with you my knowledge but I would also like to learn from you and would be happy to get an introduction into your fields of research and the activities that are going on here at the University of Dschang.”
As the workshop continues, this lecturer from the University of Karlsruher, interested in the relations between media, culture and knowledge as well as questions of film narratology, and the communication of science in audiovisual media intends to open up a new field of media studies, and give the chance to students to work with instruments of film analysis. This workshop is tailored towards fostering quality teaching, research and capacity building of lecturers and researchers. Prof GOUAFFO, the initiator of the project intends to carry out the same work abroad in the forth-coming months and grant the opportunity to some Master’s degree students to deepen their knowledge of the German language and culture and also acquire enough studying material to build up their personal library. Having begun at a good pace, there is no doubt that by the end of the training workshop, students and lecturers will be well equipped to promote the media industry and keep the University of Dschang at an enviable level as an institution of learning. /GC.