Fullbright Programme - Major Coup for Creative Media and Computing Departments
The Fulbright Programme provides funding for research, study and teaching to students, scholars and professionals. It's sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and application to the programme involves a thorough battalion of forms. Bob Jackson, Music Technology Lecturer, applied on behalf of the Insititute, and it is wonderful to announce that the Institute was accepted and a participant on the Fullbright Programme.
This involvement sees the Veteran game designer and teacher Brenda Romero - who has officially been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work with Ireland's game industry and with our Games Lecturers and Games Development Students in the Institute.
Ireland's Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is tasked with developing the nation's game industry, and wanted to appoint a Fulbright specialist to better interface with educators. In this new assignment, Romero will meet industry representatives, learn about the region's skills requirements, lead workshops and give guest lectures, and help advise key people on the further development of a local games industry, including collaboration with institutions such as IT Tralee, University of Limerick, Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Carlow and Letterkenny IT.
Romero, who teaches at UC Santa Cruz, also developed Siochán Leat: The Irish Game, a board game rooted in her own heritage in Ireland. The game is currently on exhibit at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. "That was my family history, inside of a game," says the creator, whose analog game designs focus on challenging the preconceptions players bring to them and subverting their expectations.
"The industry [in Ireland] is already pretty solid, or as solid as any game industry is," Romero says. "The question is making sure they have the talent to build the projects, and the industry in conjunction with various institutions there that have game programs, are getting together and doing this."
"This is going to be blissful," she adds.