Future of Design Education in Emerging Economies
The emergence of university level industrial design programmes outside of Europe and North America can be traced back to the early 1960s in India and Brazil. Since then, modern design education systems are widespread in all parts of the world. More recently, after two decades of intensified globalization, design has been accepted as part of the competitive capabilities of emerging economies. However, issues such as a lack of resources of all kinds, and the rapid expansion of design education programmes, acutely challenge the standards of international design education and the capability of design to meet the relevant local social and economic conditions.
Design research and education institutions in emerging countries are now at a critical junction to understand their own unique characteristics, as they identify new problems, opportunities and responsibilities, definitely in order to define themselves, but also in terms of their ability to redefine the global design education and research agenda.
- Identifying the main challenges and opportunities of design research and education in emerging economies, and recognizing the importance of research to redefine design education
- Finding case studies on how designers survive in countries where innovation and development of new products are limited due to economic, technological, cultural, historical or social factors
- Challenges to the quality of education in the rapid expansion of students and programmes, and how humanizing design education is impacted, if the human dimension is reduced to market success rather than quality of individual
- Identifying the essential core of design learning, learning by doing, the value of apprenticeships, and the proper balance between professional practitioners versus academics as educators
- Comprehending what sustainability really means, now and for generations to come, given the enormous human and environmental impacts of previous ideas of progress
- Reflections and insights into the impacts of the Ahmedabad Declaration (UNIDO-ICSID-India ’79) and opportunities still existing today that were initiated at that time