On February 8, 2021, the Rseszow Regional Development Agency hosted a meeting with regional animation, special effect and post-production companies, in order to raise awareness about the importance of strengthening the ties between the business and academic worlds to produce qualified animation professionals. Taking place within the framework of the ALICE project, the session was co-organised with the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów (WSIZ) and co-host by Mr. Łukasz Bis, Vice-Dean of WSIZ’s College of Media and Social Communication for Computer Graphics and Multimedia Production.

Prior to this, on 8 December 2020, the Agency and WSIZ met with the Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA) to discuss possible ways to collaborate to design market-oriented animation educational programmes. The participants agreed to share a survey with their networks, which had been specifically developed to identify the skills and competencies the market most desires. The February meeting was the occasion to present the survey results and initial analysis of the most important training needs and desirable university graduate profiles to industry participants.

As the attendees expressed their strong appreciation of the initiative, Mr. Bis reiterated the importance of maintaining dialogue between professionals and schools in order to be able to deliver high-quality training that supports companies’ development and competitiveness.

As part of the ALICE project, the Rzeszow Regional Development Agency (RARR) has been discussing possible ways to collaborate with the Polish Animation Producers Association (SPPA) to better serve the future development of the animation sector in Poland.