Fashion Design students share their exchange scholarship experience in Hong Kong

Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Design students, Isabel Bentley and Jasmine Jauneau, were each awarded the Shirley Chan International Exchange Scholarship worth £4,000, to study at the Institute of Textiles & Clothing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University earlier this year.

L to R: Isabel Bentley and Jasmine Jauneau
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L to R: Isabel Bentley and Jasmine Jauneau

Year Two BA (Hons) Fashion Design students, Isabel Bentley and Jasmine Jauneau, were each awarded the Shirley Chan International Exchange Scholarship worth £4,000, to study at the Institute of Textiles & Clothing (ITC) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) earlier this year.

Now in its second year running, the scholarship enables two Nottingham Trent University (NTU) students to spend a period of ten weeks or more studying at PolyU, and vice versa, each year, and covers flights, visas, accommodation, and living costs.

Established in 1957, ITC is the leading provider of professional fashion and textiles serving in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia. In addition, PolyU is ranked 27th in the world for Art and Design (2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

The students were able to select four modules from a number of different subject areas offered by ITC.

Jasmine told us: “I learnt how to live in another country, and almost start a life there with completely new people. I would definitely recommend this exchange to other students. It is an amazing opportunity for fashion students restricted by finances, and it will allow you to achieve valuable skills needed in your future career in fashion.”

She continued: “The amazing thing about Hong Kong is that there is always something to do, even if you only have a couple of hours to spare. I’ve made some amazing friends that I will have for life.”

Isabel added: “I enjoyed being able to focus more on different subjects such as illustration, and sustainability was also an interesting module, as we got to visit a factory in Mainland China.”

When asked what one of the main highlights of her time at PolyU was, she told us: “I loved the day trip that they organised for us; we visited the Big Buddha, had a vegetarian dim sum lunch, visited the fishing town of Tai O, and went on a boat trip where we saw rare white river dolphins. It was an amazing experience.”

Julie Pinches, Dean for the School of Art & Design, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for all the students on this exchange programme to experience studying fashion design in a truly international context.

“This would not be possible without the support of fashion entrepreneur Shirley Chan, who established the scholarship two years ago in recognition of the importance of fashion students having an international educational and cultural experience.”

Gilly Staples, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Course Leader, also commented: “Our students always return from international trips feeling more confident and more independent. Their experience abroad, working with people from different nationalities from all over the world, sharing different approaches and practices, really prepares them for their final year.”

Isabel and Jasmine follow in the footsteps of their classmates, Chelsea O’Callaghan and Bethany Lawrence, last year’s scholarship recipients.

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Fashion Design students share their exchange scholarship experience in Hong Kong

Published on 5 July 2017
  • Subject area: Art and design
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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