UK Media Group sets up at Kurdish University

By John Lee.

An on­line, student-run pro­duc­er and broad­cast­er of live interactive TV and documentaries, first es­tab­lished at UK’s War­wick University in 2011, has been in­tro­duced to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kur­dis­tan-Hewler in Iraq.

UKH SIBE held its in­tro­duc­tion event recently and re­ceived a warm wel­come with just under 400 stu­dents, around 40 per­cent of the stu­dent body, at­tend­ing the event.

Sholi Loewen­thal, di­rec­tor of SIBE, told the Boar:

These are his­toric times for SIBE, be­cause we aim to be­come a gen­uine­ly glob­al medi­um of the stu­dent voice.

“The fact that we will set up SIBE at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kur­dis­tan-Hewler, and the fact that stu­dents there are so en­gaged with the medi­um, means there being a real bas­tion for the stu­dent voice not only in Iraq but in the wider Mid­dle East.

“Whilst [UKH SIBE] will pro­duce lo­cal­ly fo­cused con­tent, they will also pro­duce re­gion­al­ly fo­cused and glob­al­ly fo­cused con­tent – and all of their con­tent will have the po­ten­tial to reach glob­al au­di­ences.

Flor­rie Shee­han, SIBE TV pro­duc­er of the com­e­dy panel show The Black Hole, shared the ex­cite­ment:

I think the newly cre­at­ed UKH SIBE is bril­liant. It will bring a whole new media force to the Uni­ver­si­ty which will help the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and dis­cus­sion of poignant is­sues and ideas, and of course be ex­cel­lent as a new plat­form of en­ter­tain­ment for stu­dents!

(Source: The Boar)

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