Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation to come up soon

The institute will be available to take first batch students in 2018

The Dubai authorities have announced plans to open a design educational institution hailed as as first of its kind.

The plan to start Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation was declared under the directions of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. The institute will be available to take first batch students in 2018.

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Future Foundation’s board of trustees Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said the creation of the institute is a big step by the government as part of its efforts to develop talented designers in the region.

“Dubai projects are based on comprehensive studies that identify future challenges and address them,” Sheikh Hamdan said. “Our region needs 30,000 designers by 2019.”

He added that Dubai is seeking to create an environment for skilled graduates to acquire skills that will enable them to enter the job market. Sheikh Hamdan also said the institute would positively affect both local and regional economic growth.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design in New York were helping in the institute’s construction. The curriculum will be made according to the region’s needs, Sheikh Hamdan added.

Students will be enrolled for the four-year bachelor’s degree. They will be able to concentrate on product design, strategic design management, media, visual art and fashion design.

Investment group Dubai Holding and the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority announced the inception of the institute at an event in the Dubai Design District (d3).

Dubai Holding’s chief executive Fadel al Ali will be heading the Institute’s board of directors. London architectural firm Foster + Partners has made the design  for the Design District where the campus will be located.

Joel Towers, executive dean of the Parsons School of Design said, they were pleased to work with Dubai for the institute.

“Design plays a key role in today’s global economy, and it’s exciting to see the burgeoning talent of design students in the Middle East,” he said.

 “International collaboration strengthens the future of design and leads to creative and innovative ideas.” Mr. Towers added.