In 2015, Foxconn: World’s largest electronics manufacturer partnered with Whistling Woods International to set up the Foxconn Media Lab to promote content creation for digital platforms.
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The Sony Media Technology Center: set up jointly by Sony & WWI, is located at the WWI, Mumbai. Sony, the world’s largest M&E corporation, has recognised WWI as a leader in the Media & Entertainment sector globally, and chosen to partner with WWI for focusing on new and emerging technology in the fields of Digital Cinematography and 3D Stereoscopic Filmmaking. There are only 3 such centres in the world, the other 2 being in London & LA. The Mumbai SMTC is the only centre that is in partnership, while the other two are stand-alone centres.
WWI has entered into a partnership with Google under which WWI hosts Asia’s second & India's first ‘YouTube Space’. Further, WWI runs Asia’s only ‘YouTube Educator Lab’ for teaching courses in content creation for digital platforms.
Over 20% of the WWI’s students have been international students – from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Italy, France, China, UAE, Holland, Bermuda, Nigeria and several other countries.
WWI management is regularly called upon to consult with both the Central government and several state governments on what strategy they should adopt for Film, Media & Entertainment education
WWI has partnered with Reliance Jio to set up the WWI Jio Virtual Reality Lab to focus on Cinematic VR – education, academic research, industry training and content creation in 360deg Virtual Reality.
WWI has partnered with The Tata Institute of Social Sciences - one of India’s most reputed universities - to ratify all its courses with BSc, BA & BBA degrees, Diploma, Advance Diplomas & Post Graduate Diplomas.
Academy-awards & alumni - WWI Alumni were part of the Oscar Award winning Animation & VFX team of ‘The Jungle Book’ and the Cinematography & VFX teams for ‘Life of Pi’.
In late 2013, President of Whistling Woods International - Meghna Ghai-Puri was awarded a honorary fellowship from Bradford College, UK for her contribution to global Film & Media education.
WWI has graduated over 1900 students till date with over 90% gainfully employed with several leading Film & Media organisations in India & overseas.
WWI Alumni are revitalising regional film industries. Several regional (Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada & Tulu) industries have seen major contributions by WWI alumni.
Whistling Woods International has provided scholarships & fee waivers to less-privileged students of over US $ 1million over the past decade.
In early 2014, Mr. Subhash Ghai, Founder & Chairman, WWI, was honoured as the ‘Education Evangelist of India’ by Skilltree Foundation. He was also awarded the Karamveer Chakra, by the International Confederation of NGOs, (ICONGO) a United Nations body, for setting up Whistling Woods International.
WWI-created Media studies programmes have been rolled out, through the CBSE Board, in hundreds of CBSE schools across the country (in 2010).
Unique Education – WWI offers education in key verticals for the first time ever in India, namely:
a. India’s first applied-arts degree programmes in Filmmaking, Acting, Screenwriting & Music – launched, in association with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences
b. Producing – WWI started India’s first Producing programme in 2006
c. 3D Stereoscopic Filmmaking – the only school to have had a complete 3D stereoscopic filmmaking pipeline, from camera to screen.
d. Content Creation, Audience Development & Monetisation for YouTube – India’s only institute running this Google-certified specialized training, since 2015.
e. Cinematic VR – India’s first (and only) institute to run specialised education in fiction / narrative storytelling in 360 VR. (2018)
WWI is rated in 2015 by Forbes India as among the ‘Top Institutes of Influence’ globally.
WWI has partnered with several global Film, Media & Technology giants to set up 5 Technology & Innovation Labs on campus:
- The Sony Media Technology Center – 2010
- The YouTube Space and The YouTube Educator Lab – 2015
- The RedEducation Platform – 2015
- The Foxconn Media Lab – 2016
- The WWI Jio VR Lab – 2018
WWI is a key contributor & advisor to both the Media & Entertainment Skills Council (Skill Ministry) & TISS-SVE (Human Resource Development Ministry)
In June 2014, Whistling Woods was recognised as a ‘Great Place to Study’ by Skilltree Knowledge Consortium and was award as such by the UK House of Commons.
WWI has been rated as one of the Ten Best Film Schools in the world, in the July 2014, August 2013 and July 2010 issues of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’.
In 2010, WWI was accepted as a full member of CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision) – a global association of film schools, which lays very high standards on admitting members (of the 3000+ film schools in the world, CILECT has accepted only 160 schools as members).