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Rwandan Dignitaries Tour DMIT Visual Effects and Music Studios

SP’ School of Digital Media and Infocomm Technology (DMIT) was honoured to receive four distinguished government officials from the Republic of Rwanda on 4 Aug 2009. Dr David Himbara, Advisor and Principal Private Secretary to the President, Dr Jean Paul Kimonyo, Head of Strategy and Policy Unit Office of the President, Dr Damascene Gatabazi, Director General, Workforce Development Authority and Mr. Paul Kayoboke, Chargd'affaires, Rwanda Embassy was accompanied by Mr Low Wong Fook, Director of Singapore Polytechnic International (SPI), Ms. Neo Poh Ling, Director, Sub-Saharan Desert, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and hosted by Dr Timothy Chan, Director School of DMIT, to a tour of DMIT’s facilities.

Like the Harry Porter show, the dignitaries had a virtual experience of bodies disappearing and heads flying in mid-air, superimposed against a scenic backdrop in the Visual Effects Studio. Mr Lynus Hee, Digital Media lecturer and an expert in the area of Visual Effects, explained how the live chromakey allowed these special effects to be made possible using the Ultimatte DV system and the Reflecmedia LiteRing. These are amongst the many visual effects techniques that are taught in the newly launched Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics (DVEMG) course. (

At the Diploma in Music and Audio Technology (DMAT)’s state of the art recording studio, the guests were treated to an animation clip done by students from the Diploma in Digital Media (DDM) with accompanying soundtrack produced by DMAT students in this very studio. Samples of such student’s animation works can be found at, the newly launched Diploma in Digital Animation course. Such real life collaboration across multiple disciplines is a common feature in all DMIT courses.

The delegates also visited the newly developed Hospitality and Tourism IT Lab, where a group of 15 Rwandan teaching staff were stationed during their 7-week ICT Training conducted by DMIT from May to July 2009. This ICT Training was one of the many initiatives planned under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Rwandan Ministry of Education and Singapore Polytechnic International.

August 6th 2009

About The Republic of Rwanda

The Republic of Rwanda (pronounced /ruːcirc;dtrade;/ or /rtrade;circ;wlsquo;ːndtrade;/ in English, IPA: [frac34;wanda] or [frac34;iexcl;wanda] in Kinyarwanda) is a small landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of east-central Africa, bordered by Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. Home to approximately 10.1 million people, Rwanda supports the densest population in continental Africa, most of whom engage in subsistence agriculture. A verdant country of fertile and hilly terrain, the small republic bears the title "Land of a Thousand Hills" (French: Pays des Mille Collines; Kinyarwanda: Igihugu cy'Imisozi Igihumbi).

The Rwandan dignitaries being received by Director DMIT, Dr Timothy Chan (3rd from right).

A virtual experience in the Visual Effects Studios, a close look at practical hands on that goes into DVEMG course.


A pure sonic experience in the Music and Recording Studio.

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