New Delhi, January 23, 2019: World University of Design, a UGC recognized university and India’s first and only University dedicated to education in the creative domain has been awarded co-funding under the ERASMUS+ programme of the European Union for their project titled ‘Design and Innovation Capacity Building in India’. EACEA, the executive body of EU received 874 eligible applications out of which 147 applications were selected world-wide for co-funding. WUD will be leading a consortium of six universities including Politecnico the Milano of Italy, Brunel University of UK, and the Aegean University of Greece as European partners and IIIT Delhi & RIMT University, Punjab as partners from India. The project will be supported by CRETHIDEV from Europe.
Speaking at this opportunity Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Vice chancellor, World University of Design said, “We are especially proud as the probability of a scoring an ERASMUS CBHE project award is less than 15% globally and that we could do it in the very first year of our institution. Erasmus programmes have provided a pathway for our students to study in European Union countries, and gain mobility across universities there. Since 2008, EU and India have been engaged in promoting design education. With the launch of the new Erasmus Plus programme (2014-2020), Erasmus has evolved beyond being an educational programme but is more a dynamic socio-cultural exchange between Indian and European Universities.”
Building innovation capacities in the design sector in India is the main intention of the proposal submitted by World University of Design. The proposal addresses the capacity building aim of supporting the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education, and the objective of improving the quality of higher education and enhancing its relevance for the labour market and the society. The proposal will seek to address the lack of suitably trained graduates for a rapidly expanding labour market segment expected to require high numbers of new designers by 2020. There is also a structural issue due to weak links between higher education and industry.
EACEA expects the project to gain national visibility and have a notable impact on the university-industry collaborative initiatives that it will enable giving the participating Indian HEIs a competitive advantage in terms of responding to labour market demands and needs of society at large. The Design and Innovation Centres, with their online collaboration platforms, will be adequately promoted among stakeholders and encourage cross-sectoral collaboration through online promotion and events.
World University of Design has attempted, since its very inception, to give a truly global exposure to its students. Besides Erasmus, the university has International Collaborations with other foreign Universities like University of Huddersfield, Oxford Brookes University, UK; Emily Carr University of Art & Design & Vancouver Film School, Canada; École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT), France; and College of Creative Studies, USA. WUD offers the country’s largest range of creative courses. It also follows a unique curriculum that encourages Research, Academic Excellence, and Industry Preparedness & Social Innovation.
About World University of Design
World University of Design (WUD), located in the education hub of Rajiv Gandhi Education City in Sonipat, Haryana, boasts of highly qualified faculty members who have been educated and trained at prestigious institutes such as NIFT, NID, LCF -London, FIT – New York, SPA and Delhi College of Art among others. WUD has consistently focused on student-learning experience. The university is being shaped and mentored by an illustrious Advisory Board comprising of stalwarts from the field of design such as Mr. AG Krishna Menon, Ms. Payal Jain, Mr. Peter D’ascoli, Mr. Amardeep Behl and Ms. Neha Kirpal. WUD is also a full member of Cumulus, the international association of universities & colleges of art, design & media that has over 160 member universities in 60 countries. This provides the widest possible access to WUD students to interact and engage with international students on a global scale.