The UAL delegation has arrived back in London after a hugely successful week in Seoul. The cross-college delegation visited South Korean design foundations, universities and government organisations with the aim of consolidating UAL links in the region, increasing our impact and creating further opportunities for our students and alumni to work collaboratively across the UK and Korean creative industries.
Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington addressed the Global Leaders’ Forum on design-led innovation and the role of the studio way of working. At a British Council event, Nigel also addressed 200 young people on the UK’s creative industries and the future of design. This was followed by a lively Q&A where a cross-college panel led by LCF’s Frances Corner took audience questions.
During the trip, the Vice-Chancellor appeared in South Korean newspaper, television, digital and radio media, including interviews with the Korea Herald, tbs eFM, Newsis, JoongAng Daily, TV Chosun and Korea Times. Nigel spoke to the press about topics ranging from his thoughts on traditional Korean culture to the success of UAL’s Korean graduates, as well as highlighting exciting news such as UAL’s Fung Foundation scholarships programme and inviting students from Asia and Europe to undertake a placement at the University. Visits to partner universities Hongik, EWHA and SNU were very positive and UAL will now formalise plans for undergraduate exchange programmes across our core disciplines, joint research projects and potentially new curriculum developments.
80 alumni from across UAL’s Colleges joined the Vice-Chancellor and UAL colleagues at a drinks reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Seoul. This exciting group, including many of Korea’s leading figures in the fashion, arts, media and design industries, were joined by the British Ambassador Mr Scott Wightman and members of the British Council. UAL now plans to launch a new wave of activity in Korea and build on these new relationships by formalising the Alumni Association with the aim of supporting our existing and future Korean alumni.