21 May - Action superstar Jackie Chan has recently launched his first college, the Film and Television Academy in Wuhan.
As reported on Sina News, the actor, who will personally serve as the college's dean, stated that he has finally completed the life-long dream of establishing his own school, and hopes to use his and his peers' experience in the industry to teach the next generation.
He revealed that he intended to buy a land in Beijing for the purpose of building an academy ten years ago, but was unable to realise his dream.
"Today, I am able to establish it through the assistance of the people who do care," said the actor.
Jackie also invited friends such as Zhang Guoli, Xu Fan, Li Bingbing, and Feng Xiaogang to become the visiting professors of his new school, adding that in the future, he will also employ more professional film workers to teach students not only in classes but also on set and exchange programmes with foreign academies as well.
Jackie stated that in the past, movies usually employed foreign crews and directors, causing the lack of local talents. As someone who has cultivated the talents of his fellow stunt team until they became martial arts directors and choreographers of their own, Jackie hope to do the same with his students.
(Photo source: Jackie Chan's Weibo)