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Three Universities of Applied Sciences Partner to Launch Germany’s First SMPTE Student Chapter

September 5, 2022

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Sept. 6, 2022 — SMPTE®, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that three universities of applied sciences — the Hochschule der Medien (HdM), Hochschule RheinMain (HSRM), and Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt (HSHL) — have earned approval to launch Germany’s first SMPTE Student Chapter. The new SMPTE Student Chapter will be the first jointly hosted chapter, leveraging the resources of all three institutions to engage and support students through educational and networking opportunities that support a future in media technology and digital entertainment fields.

“Students, educators, and researchers today are eager for opportunities to learn about emergent technologies — media in the cloud, data, virtual production, and others — and to connect with the people and companies setting the course for the future,” said SMPTE Executive Director David Grindle. “SMPTE Student Chapters deliver those valuable experiences, making innovation accessible and opening pathways to careers on the cutting edge of media arts, both technical and creative. I believe it’s why we’re seeing interest in SMPTE Student Chapters growing, and imaginative new partnerships developing, as well! It’s fantastic to see these three universities working collaboratively to make the benefits of a SMPTE Student Chapter available to their student bodies."

SMPTE Student Chapters give students the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and trends, and to develop and even refine the skills they need to move into a workplace in need of those talents. Thanks to their close connection with SMPTE and its extensive professional network, SMPTE Student Chapters are able to host educational and networking events that are in tune with the skills needed, the knowledge most valuable, and the opportunities available for students as they move into the professional realm.

“I am delighted that the German SMPTE Student Chapter will offer my students what SMPTE has given to me: A giant pool of learning resources on state-of-the-art topics in media production and distribution, as well as an extremely welcoming, personal network with which to build a career,” said Prof. Jan Fröhlich of Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart. “I hope my students will fully engage in all SMPTE topics and contribute our expertise in color science, image coding, VFX, and virtual production. We live in amazing times, working together — around the globe, but as one family of media engineers and scientists — on the future of media.”

“I’m thrilled that our media technology students at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences are participating in the SMPTE Student chapter,” added Prof. Wolfgang Ruppel of Hochschule RheinMain, noting that an introductory workshop soon will be offered to inspire active participation in the new chapter. “We look forward to fruitful discussions and knowledge sharing on advanced topics such as Professional Media over Managed IP Networks, SMPTE ST 2110, the Interoperable Master Format, the Academy Color Encoding System, and many others.”

“In launching the German SMPTE Student Chapter, our students get their hands on an international network of media industry professionals with their eyes on the technologies at the horizon,” said Prof. Stefan Albertz of Hochschule Hamm-Lippstadt. “In addition to enjoying connections and exchanges with students from all over the world, participating students have immediate access to the industry's current topics, standards, and research. This will help them to gain speed, focus on their progress, and find their path and place. For our own international and interdisciplinary courses of study, the benefit increases and creates a perfect match.”

To start a Student Chapter at SMPTE, readers can contact SMPTE’s membership director, Roberta Gorman at rgorman@smpte.org. Further information about SMPTE is online at smpte.org.

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