News & IC-events

2017/06/15

Newsletter June 2017

Summary of the 49th conference and general assembly of the IC in Beijing.

Dear members, dear colleagues,


The 49th Annual Conference of the International Circle was a great success thanks to a strong program and a solid organizational management. It was an excellent opportunity to network and to strengthen our international contacts. We owe a lot of appreciation to the organizing committee and our host the BIGC. You can expect to consult some pictures of the event at our website soonest.

As usual, this conference coincided with the General Assembly of our organization. Important to note here is that the proposed new charter was formally adopted by the members present. Action will be taken to put this in effect accordingly. At the General Assembly, our colleagues of the Department of Printing Technology of the Institute of Mechanics and Printing at Warsaw University of Technology, announced their hosting of the 50th Annual Conference. The institute was the first higher education institution in the country for engineers of printing and roughly 2000 engineers graduated since then. This edition will concur with their 50th anniversary celebrations and the IARIGAI annual conference. This promises to be a memorable event and edition. An opportunity not to be missed! Kindly block 4th to 7th of October 2018 in your agenda. A more detailed program is forthcoming.

At the last General Assembly we also informed the membership about invitations from TAGA and IARIGAI to explore further collaboration, particularly with regards to the publication of scientific articles. All organizations encounter some difficulties in collating good quality papers on a regular basis for their respective publications and it is believed that joint action might help in overcoming this and ensure the continuation of high quality standards. In Beijing we received agreement from the membership to engage in some initial talks on this subject.

Having said this and in the same vein, we welcome new articles for our next edition and proposals to host an Annual Conference.

As improving our external and internal communication is one of our priorities, we launched a LinkedIn Group to bring together the members on social media and increase interconnectivity. You can join this group by sending a request to kimberly.vanlaere@arteveldehs.be or click on this LinkedIn site.

With our best regards,

Luk
Chair


2017/04/22

Newsletter April 2017

Preparations for the IC-conference in Beijing

Dear colleagues,

The 49th Conference of the International Circle is nearing and we are eagerly waiting to see you all again. This mail will update you on the latest news with regards to our annual conference, the new charter, the website of the organization and our scientific magazine.

Our Chinese colleagues are working hard to make the 49th Annual Conference memorable and very educational. Having the venue for the conference in Beijing is very interesting and attractive to participate. Keep a close eye on the conference http://ysbz.bigc.edu.cn/ic2017/ website as the organizers are finalizing the programme and it will be updated regularly. Kindly send your travel schedule to the organizers as they will arrange for airport transport whenever possible. They are also still looking for contributors and presentations for the programme.

Attached with this mail, you will also find a copy of the proposed new charter both in English and German (thank you Gunter!). The draft was endorsed by the members of the ad hoc Advisory Board and we are very thankful for their time and useful observations. We have asked the organizing committee of the Conference for some time on the second day of the conference, to introduce the new charter to the General Assembly and to get its official approval and ratification. Please read it carefully before your arrival in Beijing.

Our new editor has not been idle since his election. Martin Habekost finished the new edition of the IC Journal. The latest edition contains again very enlightening and instructive articles on issues pertaining to our professional field. Copies are available at no cost and if you are interested in receiving one, please send a mail to kimberly.vanlaere@arteveldehs.be who will see to it that you receive your personal copy soonest. I will also handcarry copies to Beijing.

Finally, we will add a new section to our website https://www.internationalcircle.net/ entitled ‘job job opportunities’. Here you can post job vacancies or interest for short and long term exchanges such as a guest professor. In case you have an offer or request, please send it to huebner@hdm-stuttgart.de who acts as the webmaster of the organization.

Looking forward to meeting you all at the 49th Conference in Beijing,

With best regards,


Luk Bouters


2016/09/01

Results of General Assembly in Leipzig

New Chairman Elected

At the IC conference in June in Leipzig Wolfgang Faigle announced his retirement from serving as a Professor at the Stuttgart Media University. Accordingly he also announced to retire as a chairman of the IC. In the elections that took place in Leipzig the General Assembly voted for Luk Bouters from the Artevelde Hogeschool in Gent, Belgium as the new chairman and chose Gunter Huebner from the Stuttgart Media University as a vice chairman. Luk Bouters thanked Wolfgang Faigle for his longtime outstanding commitment for the IC.
Further, a number of colleagues agreed to assist in preparing a new draft of the charter for approval by the General Assembly in Beijing 2017. They are (in alphabetical order): John Craft, Martin Habekost, Enn Kerner, Ken Macro, Tommy Nystrom, Anastasios Politis, Alexander Tsyganenko and of course the chairmen Luk Bouters and Gunter Huebner.
image: Luk Bouters, President


2015/03/12

Honorary Professorship for Wolfgang Faigle

The Technological Educational Institute (TEI) Athens has granted the title of honorary professorship to the chairman of the International Circle (IC) and the Vice director of the Stuttgart Media University, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Faigle.

For his long lasting commitment in research and education across national boundaries Faigle is highly appreciated by the Greek partners. Prof. Dr. Anastasios E. Politis of the Athens University, also chairman of the Greek Association of printing and media industry, handed over the certificate as a symbol of gratitude and recognition to Faigle on March 11 2015 during a ceremony at the Stuttgart Media University.
The Athens University with its Faculty Graphic Arts Technology is more than 20 years a partner of the Stuttgart Media University.









2013/10/09

New printing innovations made in Croatia

On the occasion of of Croatia joining the European Union on July 1st 2013, two very special new stamps were presented; they comprise elements printed with ink only visible in infrared light.

This is the first and only stamp employing this technique so far. For this purpose, a novel technique was used which several members oft he Ziljak familiy already had presented on conferences of the International Circle earlier. The stamp was designed by Jana Ziljak Vujic of the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the University of Zagreb.

The stamp and souvenir sheet were offset-printed. Additional information was included by using special infrared inks, which enables this "image in image" effect.
Under infrared light, the stamp, shows the Croatian coat of arms and stars from the EU flag; on the souvenir sheet, the first two strophes of the national anthem of the Republic of Croatia are visible.

image: croatian ir stamp
image: croatian ir sheet
After this first successful application, it was decided that in the future all Croatian stamps will be printed with an infrared part.
The creators of these stamps regard their product more as a special representation of unity in diversity, not so much as a security feature.

For further information please visit the homepage of the Croatian Post.


2012/12/05

Golden Pixel Award for Game around Printing

The card game Press Ahead, designed and produced by students from the Stuttgart Media University convinced the Jury oft the Golden Pixel Award. On the occasion of a great gala celebration at Vienna, they received the prize for the category student productions on 8 November 2012.

The card game Press Ahead, designed and produced by students from the Stuttgart Media University convinced the Jury oft the Golden Pixel Award. On the occasion of a great gala celebration at Vienna, they received the prize for the category student productions on 8 November 2012.
The Golden Pixel Award was announced for the first time in 2001 and is now one of the most prestigious prizes of the Austrian print and media industries. In 2012, almost 200 entries were recorded for 14 categories. Applications for the category student productions were invited worldwide in cooperation with the International Circle.
Learn with Fun
In the course of two semesters, nine students from the programmes Print and Media Technology and its German-Chinese counterpart developed the game from the first ideas up to the finished product.
Press ahead is a game for three to six players of almost any age. It can be played at two levels and hence is fun and learning for beginners and experts alike.
The question-and-answer game was published in five languages. It comprises 120 cards for the fields of prepress, press, finishing and packaging. The students created the questions and answers themselves, and they also organized the translations into English, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish. Here they were supported by fellow students who are native speakers in the respective languages.
The project was led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmann-Walbeck and Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Riegel from the Print and Media Technology programme. Single copies of the game may be ordered at riegel@hdm-stuttgart.de free of charge.
The next opportunity to take part in the international Golden Pixel Award for student productions most probably will be in autumn 2013. The winners will be invited to Vienna.


2011/09/23

Professor Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath wins PIA award

Dr. Anayath from India was honored with the Education Awards of Excellence 2011 for his outstanding achievements in the print media, during the 2011 GASC/Printing Industries of America Teacher’s Conference from September 10-12 in Chicago, IL.

The award by the Printing Industries of America (PIA) is presented annually to an academic and an industry representative in recognition of outstanding contributions to education and training in the graphic arts. The Printing Industries of America it is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing more than 10.000 member companies and 1 million employees.

Dr. Anayath is an erudite academician, researcher and consultant with high caliber and extensive experience of over two decades in result oriented research, consultancy and training in Graphic Arts Industry. He has travel experience around the world for conducting programs, research activities, conferences and exhibitions and is a member of many prestigious research associations and bodies like PIA/GATF, TAGA, IARICAI, IC and so forth. Dr. Anayath authored and published many research papers in national and international journals and is also a freelance science journalist and a regular columnist in magazines and journals on print and media. Furthermore, being a visiting professor to many universities and colleges around the world.

Dr. Anayath, who currently heads Heidelberg India’s Media Academy (PMA) in Chennai, is fully responsible for the establishment of the academy in India to cater the needs of the print Industry within the country.

The International Circle congratulates Profesor Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath on his award “Education Awards of Excellence 2011”!


2011/02/25

Antonio Abbondio †

Antonio Fiorenzo Abbondio, Honorary President of the International Circle, passed away on 22 February 2011, aged only 72. The International Circle mourns for his long-standing President (1982 – 1994) and Honorary President.


There are only a few people who really merit the word “legendary”; Antonio Abbondio certainly is one of them. The wise, multilingual und charming Swiss will be unforgotten for all those who ever met him.

Antonio, born in 1938, studied physics at ETH Zürich and earned his diploma degree there. After several positions in the graphic arts industry, he was appointed Director of the newly founded Swiss School of Engineering for Printing and Packaging, esig+, at Lausanne. He held this position for more than 25 years and made esig+ one of the most respected schools of its trade. He retired in 1998. esig+, Antionio’s life’s work, lives on in heig-vd and hes-so.

From 1982 to 1994 Antonio was the third president of the International Circle, and it is only fair to say that this period was a heyday of the IC. Deeply internationally minded, Antonio extended and intensified the IC in every respect. A multitude of initiatives and special committees was started by Antonio. The IC acknowledged that by unanimously electing him as its Honorary President.

For Antonio, retirment was no reason to rest. He remained to be one of the leading forces of the IC. The 50-years jubilee conference of the IC in 2007 at Lausanne also was a celebration in honour of Antonio Abbondio.

Now Antonio died, far too early, peacefully at home. The International Circle joins his wife, Marlies, and a large family in mourning for an admirable colleague, brilliant in his field, and a great human.


2011/02/24

Professor Dr. Alexander Tsyganenko retired

Professor Dr. Alexander Maximovich Tsyganenko, the long-standing Rector of the Moscow State University of Printing Arts (MGUP), was retired precisely on his 67th birthday. Until a new rector has been elected, the university is led by professor Dr. Konstantin Antipov.


Though the retirement of A.M. Tsyganenko had to be expected sooner or later, the date came as a surprise anyway. Tsyganenko was the Rector of the Moscow university since 1986. He led it brilliantly during the difficult years of transition from the Soviet Union to the Russian Federation of today; he is highly respected worldwide. MGUP, the largest institution of its kind, has been a member of the IC since 1994 and supports it strongly by, e.g., organizing several IC Annual Conferences and printing the IC Journal for free.

Alexander Maximovich Tsyganenko, born in 1944, studied electrical and automation technology at the Moscow University of Mining. He worked at the Ministry for Higher Education of the former Soviet Union and later as the director of a school book publishing house. He wrote and edited a large number of textbooks on electrical and automation technology as well as media production.

Alexander Tsyganenko is a member of the Russian Academy of Science as well as of the European Academy of Science and Arts and a Honorary Professor of the Stuttgart Media University. He was awarded honorary doctorates by the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and of the State Technical University of Ukraine at Kiew as well as a honorary professorship of the Technical University of Kirgizstan.

The International Circle is grateful for the long-standing support of Alexander Tsyganenko and hopes that he will continue to support the IC also in his retirement. His rousing drive and energy certainly will prevail. Alexander Maximovich, we are expecting you at our next Annual Conference at Norrköping!


2010/07/21

Alexander Tsyganenko Appointed HdM Honorary Professor

Alexander M. Tsyganenko, Rector of the Moscow State University of Printing Arts (MGUP), has been appointed Honorary Professor of the Stuttgart Media University (Hochschule der Medien, HdM) by unanimous decision of the German University's Senate.

This was to acknowledge Tsyganenko's long-lasting commitment to the cooperation of the universities, especially in the field of printing. "Alexander Tsyganenko is a highly respected to honour this internationally renowned scientist for his contributions to HdM. He has promoted our teaching as well as our research very much", HdM Rector Alexander W. Roos highlighted.

Tsyganenko has been Rector of MGUP, the largest institute of its kind worldwide, since 1986. "MGUP has been one of our must important partner universities for many years. Alexander Tsyganenko especially promotes student as well as teacher exchange", Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Faigle, IC chairman and HdM Pro Rector for Research and International Relations, added. MGUP has been a member of the IC since 1994 and supports it strongly by, e.g., organizing several IC Annual Conferences and printing the IC Journal for free.

Alexander Maximowich Tsyganenko, born in 1944, studied electrical and automation technology at the Moscow University of Mining. He Worked at the Ministry for Higher Education of the former Soviet Union and later as the director of a school book publishing house. He wrote and edited a large number of textbooks on electrical and automation technology as well as media production.


2010/01/11

News from LCC

The School of Printing and Publishing of LCC, the London College of Communication, has been closed down.

The Printing Management Masters course is no longer offered. LCC will continue, however, to teach printing, but only as a pathway within the Design and Media degree programmes. The former Dean of the school, Sue Pandit, has left the instituion, as has Marilyn McMenemy, formerly Dean of Quality at the LCC.


2009/09/29

EDPM Intensive Program Ends Successfully

From August 22nd to September 9th, the European Digital Print Media (EDPM) Summer University was hosted by Budapest Tech, Hungary.

The intensive program was organized for the third time in cooperation with eight partner institutions from all over Europe.

A lot of effort went into the elaborate schedule, balancing lectures and workshops, while featuring also cultural events such as a sightseeing tour through Budapest and a trip to lake Balaton.

A total of 62 teachers and students from Germany, Finland, Belgium, England, Slovenia, Hungary and the Netherlands participated in the project.

Teaching materials, results and impressions of the almost three week long Summer University have been made available online on the EDPM website.


2009/01/01

Retirement celebration for Dr. Sobotka

One of the most renowned teachers for the graphic arts industry retired on 11 November 2008: Prof. Dr. Werner Sobotka from Vienna’s "Graphische", the Higher Federal Graphic Institute for Teaching and Research which he helped to form over several decades.

Many guests, including prominent colleagues from trade and industry as well as from the scientific community and from the administration, but also many of his former students had come to give Werner Sobotka a farewell. The greetings and congratulations of the International Circle were presented by its president, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Faigle from Stuttgart.

Many speakers from all over Europe characterised Sobotka in their very personal views, thus creating a complex and multi-faceted picture of the honoured colleague. Dr. Mladen Lovrecek, the secretary general of iarigai, described Sobotka as a strong and comprehensively educated "Renaissance man” who certainly will not be bored after his retirement. All agreed.


2008/11/11

First issue online

The first issue of the International Circular of Graphic Education and Research has been printed and can now be viewed on this website.

You can download the articles as PDF documents here: Issue No. 1/2008


2008/06/02

Professor Tsyganenko Dr. h. c. of the University of Wuppertal

Prof. Dr. Alexander M. Tsyganenko has been granted the title of honorary doctor by the University of Wuppertal.

The official awarding of the title Dr. h. c. by the rector of the university, Professor Dr. Volker Ronge, will be held on friday, June 6th 2008 within an open experts' meeting of the International Circle of Educational Institutes for Graphic Arts Technology and Management in the center of auditoriums on campus Freudenberg.

Professor Tsyganenko has been rector of the widely known and distinguished Moscow State University of Printing Arts (MSUD) since 1986 that has been connected to the University of Wuppertal by a cooperation treaty since 1992. This affected mainly the exchange of students and lecturers, but also many other projects that wouldn't have been possible without Professor Tsyganenko's personal commitment.

Tsyganenko has received a large number of honorations so far. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and has received, among other things, the highest Russian Order of Merit awarded to civilians.


2008/04/03

Young Academics Present Themselves and Their Own Campus

Universities of Print and Media Technology act jointly at the DRUPA 2008.

Düsseldorf, Germany - At a joint stand the five universities of Print and Media Technology in Germany will present themselves from May 29 until June 11, 2008 at the DRUPA 2008 Print and Media Fair in Düsseldorf. The fairgoers can obtain more information about the study-program opportunities and the competencies of the universities concerned at the stand designated as 7aE02.

An old saying goes: "When the wind of change blows, build windmills, not windbreaks" In a figurative sense windmills are produced at those locations in Germany where research is conducted: namely at universities. They foster forward-looking thinking, which is becoming increasingly relevant in the print-and-media industry.
For this reason it is that the five German universities for Print and Media Technology are present at the DRUPA 2008. Starting on May 29, 2008, Technische Fachhochschule Berlin, Hochschule München, Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig, Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart and Bergische Universität Wuppertal, will present themselves and their range of course offerings conjointly at the stand designated as 7aE02 under the heading "Campus of Print and Media Technology".

The individual study opportunities of each of the universities in the fields of print and media technology will be presented to fairgoers in five different lecture rooms. What academic programs are offered? What variety of projects do students participate in? What are the future prospects for graduates? Students of these academic programs will answer these and other questions at their mutual stand. Secondary-school students, apprentices, qualified workers in this field with interest in further education and students of other universities will be just as welcome as companies on the lookout for future qualified managers and personnel.

Moreover, visitors can inform themselves about the expertise of the participating universities in the field of print and media through presentations that vary daily at the Print Forum of the neighboring stand of The German Printing and Media Industries Federation. In cooperation with the five universities, diverse topics of the printing industry will be addressed, for example success strategies in companies, inline finishing, and ecological design.

Besides the lectures and personal dialogs with the students, numerous exhibits from study and research projects are on display at the stand.

Further information is available at the following locations:

Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (University of Applied Sciences),
Prof. Dr. Anne König,
++49 30 45 04 - 52 52,
email: akoenig@tfh-berlin.de

Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (Leipzig University of Applied Sciences),
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Herzau-Gerhardt,
Tel. ++49 3 41 2 17 03 55,
email: uherzau@fbm.htwk-leipzig.de

Hochschule München (University of Applied Sciences),
Prof. Christian Luidl,
Tel.: ++49 89 12 65 15 66,
email: luidl@hm.edu

Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart (Stuttgart Media University),
Prof. Dr. Ing. Gunter Hübner,
Tel.: ++49 7 11 89 23 21 44,
email: huebner@hdm-stuttgart.de

Bergische Universität Wuppertal (University of Wuppertal),
Prof. Dr. Stefan Brües,
Tel.: ++49 2 02 4 39 11 67,
email: brues@uni-wuppertal.de


2008/03/11

Dear members of the International Circle and interested visitors,

welcome to the new website of the IC. We have been working on it for some time and hope that we have created a convenient and informative platform.

Currently the website shows dates and information on events, conferences and the circle's member organizations, plus, of course, all the necessary information on the IC itself and the upcoming journal.

Dear IC members, the site's content reflects your input: We will be happy to add meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia and similar activities to the "events" section if you send the relevant data to international-circle@hdm-stuttgart.de

Please feel free to send feedback and suggestions how the website can become better and better.


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