Eleven Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design students visited China Global Television Network (CGTN) and China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing from 17-31 May as part of a two week Visit China experience.
The Visit China experience organised in partnership with Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) gave the students a real taste of life in Beijing by pairing them with Chinese students at the university where they attended classes in News Writing and Mass Communication Theory.
Students also attended Journalism and Communication Academic Workshop and visited Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Imperial College, Confucius temple, and Lama Temple.
During the Journalism and Communication Academic Workshop Westminster students had the chance to share and discuss their work with guests Professor Phil Harris from University of Cherster, Associate Professor Huang Dianlin from Communication University of China and Assistant Professor Dong Chenyu from Beijing Foreign Studies University.
First year Television Production BA student Victory Fasaye presented her best Westminster assignment at the BFSU graduate forum, alongside students from Renmin University of China, Communication University of China and Beijing Foreign Studies University.
The highlight of the trip was the visit to the China Global Television Network (CGTN) and China Central Television (CCTV) which are not usually not open to visitors. At CGTN and CCTV Westminster students received a tour by reporter and BFSU alumnus and had a chance to ask questions about media work in China.
Mixed Media Fine Arts BA student Aidan Currie said: “It has been an amazing experience, I am so lucky to be involved in this expedition to Beijing! Everyone has been so lovely and the Great Wall was so cool!”
Students were excited to visit all the great places in China, including the Great Wall.
Journalism BA student Visnja Marjanovic said: “What an experience! You often hear ‘amazing’, ‘breathtaking’ and ‘magnificent’, but somehow the word ‘steep’ is never mentioned when describing the Great Wall of China! The initial feeling of reaching the top of a part of the wall comes once in a lifetime and the view is unforgettable. Every step is worth it… even if you can’t feel your legs for a while!”