A Games Development tutor has recently returned from Southeast Asia after a week-long trip visiting several educational establishments as the guest of Mr Teck Yeong Ng, who leads a network of innovative colleges in Malaysia. After a successful fact-finding mission, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is now looking forward to welcoming students from Malaysia from the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Grŵp's International Operations department has already signed an agreement with its educational consultant in Malaysia to provide quality assurance and articulation services to a number of colleges there.

Initially, company owner and CEO of A and E College Pvt Ltd, Malaysia, Teck Yeong Ng - who has a partnership with 38 Malaysia academies (Art, Animation and Games Development-based) - was trying to find a UK institution which would accept their graduates at age 18 or above. The newly agreed partnership between his company and GLLM has been two years in the making.

Kinmel Bay resident, Joseph Owen, programme leader for the 3D Animation and Games Development degree course at Coleg Llandrillo, visited Malaysia on behalf of the group where he was given tours of several academies, shared information on how Grŵp Llandrillo Menai operates, and disseminated good practice.

Joseph, who is a Computer Science graduate, but moved over to the field of Games Development as "it was more fun", said on his return to the UK:

I was invited to visit a variety of colleges and academies to look into the standard of the work produced. This was to see if the students in Malaysia would be able to come on to our 3D Animation degree course upon completion of their Level 3-equivalent studies.

I spent seven days there, being shown around institutions from the very south, bordering Singapore, to the north, which shares its border with Thailand. Overall I was impressed with the work produced (and the food!) and the passion shown by the staff and students.

It really is a beautiful country and I look forward to going back again when I can. We also look forward to welcoming our first Malaysian students, which we are expecting in the 2019/20 academic year. Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is very excited about the ongoing international work.

Head of Commercial Operations, Christine Evans commented:

It is a real coup for the Grŵp to collaborate with Teck Yeong Ng's college network. This initiative will bring huge benefits from sharing expertise, technologies and experiences for our student and staff benefit.

The games industry was valued at over £5 billion in 2017 (up 12% from 2016) and employs over 12,000 people in the UK. 

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