Sunday, October 7, 2012

Asian art schools form body

Heads of art schools from 15 countries in Asia on Saturday established a joint educational body to forge their ties and provide art training to students from less-privileged areas.

The Korea National University of Arts announced that its president Park Jong-won was elected the first president of the Asian League of Institutes of the Arts which was established on the day. Members are representatives of art schools or arts scenes from Korea, China, Japan, Mongolia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Singapore, India and Indonesia.

Park Jong-won (sixth from left on the front row), president of Korea National University of Arts, poses with representatives of art schools from 15 Asian countries at the founding of the Asian League of Institutes of the Arts in
Seoggwan-dong, Seoul,

The delegations decided to develop a joint-curriculum for arts and hold regular conferences, seminars as well as open debates together. They have also agreed to support art students from less-privileged regions and build up international volunteering programs to enhance cultural exchange among the students and teachers.

At the first meeting of its kind, Ju Tzong-Ching, president of Taipei National University of Arts, and Erdenetsogt Sonintogos, rector of Mogolian State University of Arts and Culture, were elected the vice presidents. Soeprapto Soedjono, rector of Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture, was appointed as an auditor.

The organization will congress biannually and the next meeting will he held in 2014 at the Taiepi National University of Arts.

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