AVL TIMES – AUGUST 2012 – ISSUE 14
Taiwan: The MA University recently travelled to Taipei to extend its offering in training courses on the MA Lighting consoles. The MA University is a program that offers globally standardized training courses for Lighting board operators, programmers and Lighting Designers worldwide. The idea is to build a common knowledge platform for people on the move. Courses and their content and consolidated so that if someone having attended a training in Asia can continue his training seamlessly in any other affiliated office worldwide. Having purchased the first grandMA2 desk in Taipei several years ago, the Taipei N a t i o n a l University of t h e A r t s (TNUA) iscommitted to provide its students with an excellent learning opportunity. Realizing the relevance of having a globally recognized training curriculum the University set itself to liaise with the MA University to offer its students a golden opportunity to learn the operation of the MA platform especially since there is a growing demand for operators. Setting up the Lighting Program Training at the TNUA under the umbrella of the government initiative of the “Program for Promoting Teaching Excellence” for Taiwan universities by the Ministry of Education, the idea was to stage two training courses at the TNUA. Scheduled for about 25 attendees, registrations far exceeded expectation and at the end there were more than double the numbers of students to attend. It only took two days to fill all the slots. Ranging from teachers and junior students to senior students who major in lighting design, and also people from the industry like Theatre staff, Theatre designers, rental companies and technicians showed interest in the training course.“It greatly shows the relevance of our products in the industry” confirms Jens Poehlker: “We were happy that we could in fact alleviate this ‘overcrowding’ by splitting up the group into two trainings.” Supporting the trainings was MA’s Taiwan distributor, DLHG Ltd, to help organize the 11-day schedule consisting of two Basic Trainings, one Intermediate Training, and a Certification Exam. Jackson Yu, Executive Director of DLHG, adds “it is important to have a training that focus not only on theory squeezed into a half-day demonstration but an intensive hands-on program, which help people to learn and practice.” TOUCH THE AD TO VIEW THE
PRODUCT ONLINE Jens Poehlker conducting a lecture during the course Jackson Yu, Executive Director of DLHG, adds “it is important to have a training that focus not only on theory squeezed into a half-day demonstration but an intensive hands-on program, which help people to learn and practice.” Vincent Kuo from TNUA agrees: “The practical aspects of the training were not only helpful but also essential. It was a good idea to incorporate real-live experiences into the training to prepare students better – not only for the exam but also for work life.” Bringing Fares Aljunied as a freelance lighting programmer helped to make it not too ‘MA focused’ thus giving the training additional credibility. “It was great to have someone with this level of experience and we are very happy to stage this in Taiwan. This way a much bigger group could benefit from this training” explains Yu, and also commented that the certification at the end was an added bonus and incentive for the students to attend and excel in the program.
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