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Professor Bashir Makhoul
Vice-Chancellor of University of Creative Art, UK
瑪庫教授，英國創意藝術大學校長，曾任英国伯明翰城市大学副校长，英国南安普顿大学温彻斯特艺术学院院长、教授。获得大不列颠艺术委员会、英格兰艺术委员会、艺术人文研究（AHRC）、謝菲爾德哈萊姆大學及大不列顛西北藝術委員會授予的多個獎項。作品在英國及世界各地的博物館和展覽館展出，包括海沃德美術館、泰特利物浦美術館、布裏斯托的阿爾諾菲尼藝術中心、伯明翰伊康畫廊、利物浦雙年展、以色列赫茲亞博物館、約旦國家博物館、巴基斯坦勒侯NCA美術館、佛羅倫薩雙年展、澳大利亞悉尼UTS美術館、中國常熟藝術博物館、蘇州藝術博物館、深圳藝術博物館等。他出版多部著作，包括《Identity Theft》、《Return》、《Outside the Camp》和《Return in Conflict》等。
Professor Bashir Makhoul was the Head of the Department of Art and Design and the Director of the Research Institute of Media, Art and Design at University of Bedfordshire (previously Luton). He was also the founding Head of the School of Media Art and Design at the same University. He was the Head of one of the UK ’s leading art school, Winchester School of Art, part of the University of Southampton. Currently he is the vice-chancellor of University of Creative Art, UK. Professor Bashir Makhoul’s appointment marks the first time a Palestinian academic has been appointed to the top position at a British University and it is believed to be only the second time an academic from a non-Western background has been made Vice-Chancellor in the UK.
In an academic career spanning 22 years, Professor Makhoul has specialized in creating overseas partnerships and has spearheaded the creation of two Chinese campuses: the Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Arts in Wuhan, and Southampton’s first overseas campus in Dalian, China. He speaks rudimentary Chinese and is fluent in English, Hebrew and Arabic. Professor Makhoul is a prolific writer, editor and artist. He maintains a studio in Beijing and has exhibited at a range of high-profile venues and events including the Hayward Gallery, Tate Liverpool, 2013 Venice Biennale and the Aichi Biennale in Japan. Currently his work is on show in Australia, Liverpool and Beirut, with a large exhibition in Mexico planned for next year. He is a published author who has written several books about Palestinian art and themes of conflict and identity, including The Origins of Palestinian Art and Conflict and Compassion. He is also the co-author of several books including Identity Theft, Return, Outside the Camp, and Return in Conflict.
University of the Creative Arts, one of the top creative universities in the UK, has been named Modern University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. It’s also the highest placed specialist creative university and in the top 35 of all UK universities in the Times and Sunday Times league table. As a specialist arts institution, UCA is 100% creative. Their distinctiveness against larger multi-disciplinary universities comes from focusing on provision through the creative campuses, which are not compromised by sharing facilities with other subjects or disciplines. With more than 6,000 students studying over 110 creative courses across four campuses, UCA generates unique communities of artists, designers, makers, writers and researchers. Many of their students and alumni have achieved artistic excellence and commercial success, such as Gareth Edwards, Zandra Rhodes, Tracy Emin and so on.