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New Barcelona campus readies media students for HD future

The 900 students at the new Communications Campus of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Catalonia, Spain, which offers degrees in journalism, audiovisual communications, advertising and public relations, will learn their profession using P2 HD technology from Panasonic.

The university has purchased 21 AG-HPX171 cameras, three AG-HPX500 cameras and one AJ-HPX3000 camera, along with AJ-PCD20E transfer units and 32GB P2 memory cards to be used at the recently inaugurated Communications Campus in Barcelona.

The acquisition will help to prepare students for the work environments they will enter upon graduation. A large percentage of the main European broadcasters already use P2 HD technology.

The Communications Campus forms part of the Parc Barcelona Media initiative, which includes the UPF, the Barcelona Municipal Council, the company 22@ and Mediapro, Spain's leading group of audiovisual communications companies.

Located in the Poblenou district of Barcelona, the UPF Communications Campus is the result of a $65.16 million investment. The campus provides an audiovisual technology park, facility and services platform aimed at providing training, innovation and audiovisual production and services to the industry. Facilities available on the campus include an audiovisual production center that is home to several TV sets as well as editing and production halls.