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New partnership opening international doors for WAAPA students

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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A new partnership between Edith Cowan University (ECU) and a top international conservatoire is giving Music students the chance to broaden their horizons in Manchester or learn from the best teachers in the world, right here in Perth.

The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which will pave the way for student and staff exchanges, short course and placement opportunities, knowledge sharing, research collaboration and joint performance projects.

ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said the partnership would give WAAPA students access to RNCM’s internationally renowned teachers as well as facilitate knowledge sharing between the two institutions.

“It also opens the door for students from Perth and Manchester to study at either world-class school and broaden their horizons,” Professor Chapman said.

RNCM Principal Professor Linda Merrick said the RNCM is constantly seeking new and exciting opportunities to enhance the experience it offers to both students and staff.

“Our professional partnerships with other world-class providers who share our passion and ethos are integral to realising this ambition.

“We pride ourselves on giving all of our students real-world experiences during their studies, both in the UK and internationally. Our partnership with WAAPA will help us develop this important work, incentivise student and staff mobility, share best practice and create mutually beneficial projects and initiatives,” Professor Merrick said.

RNCM Principal Professor Linda Merrick will visit Perth on Tuesday, 29 August to sign the MoU and speak at the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration 2017 at Mount Lawley Campus.

In her oration ‘The value of performing arts education in a changing world’, Professor Merrick will outline how in an uncertain world performing arts matters more than ever before.

From the rapid rise of social media and the major changes in how young people access music to the exponential growth in TV talent shows, Professor Merrick will also explore the conflict between artistic integrity and economic realities.

Reflecting on what the future may hold she will explain how higher education can respond to the challenges of an increasingly global, virtual and media driven world.

The ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration 2017 is a free event open to the public. Registration essential, tickets available via EventBrite.

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