Canon Singapore has forged a partnership with a technical school in Singapore to help develop the local photography, production and graphic arts industry.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Canon Singapore will develop a Digital Imaging Workflow Centre within the new ITE College Central to be ready by January 2013. The global digital technology company will also help create opportunities for students to participate in industry projects and overseas attachments through ITE's Global Education Programme.
ITE is a post-secondary education institution in Singapore providing career and technical education. It also develops national occupational skills certification and standards to enhance Singapore's workforce competitiveness.
The Digital Imaging Workflow Centre to be hosted by ITE will be equipped, developed, and maintained by Canon. The centre is where ITE students can learn industry practices while collaborating hands on with Canon Singapore digital production and graphic arts experts. Students will also be exposed to several stages in the production processes, such as acquisition, design, pre-press workflow, colour management and quality control.
ITE and Canon have also agreed to collaborate on a variety of areas, including module development and training on emerging digital printing technologies, digital imaging management, digital photography, and visual communications.
Growing the industry
"Canon and ITE share a common desire - to cultivate and develop the Singapore photography, production and graphic arts industry," said Bruce Poh, director & CEO, ITE. "By combining the best in public sector education, professional training and development with leading private sector innovation, we are confident that this collaboration will positively impact the growth and meet the needs of the Singapore production and graphic arts industry for years to come."
"As the technology for production and graphic arts industry becomes more affordable for professional services such as architecture and design houses to implement in-house operations, demand for qualified imaging professionals will increase," said Lim Kok Hin, vice president, business imaging solutions group, Canon South and Southeast Asia.
"Our partnership addresses this future need by providing students with direct access to the latest tools, skills and trends of the production and graphic arts industry within their own campus through close collaboration between Canon and ITE, ranging from module development to training and work attachments," Lim added.
ITE students will also be taught the latest photography and video techniques and enjoy privileged purchase pricing of photography equipment from Canon.
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