MOU Signing, 22 nd Feb 2019 – Irish Ambassador’s Residence, New Delhi, India
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the School of Design at the
University of Limerick, Ireland and the National Institute of Design, India, in order to develop
current research and teaching activities and to facilitate the exchange and mobility of staff
members, researchers and students.
National Institute of Design (NID), India
National Institute of Design was established in 1961 as an autonomous National Institution
under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of
Commerce and Industry, Government of India for providing world class design education,
training, and applied research. NID is a multi-campus Institute having its main campus in
Ahmedabad as well as campuses in Gandhinagar and Bengaluru. It carries out its objectives
through educational research programmes at both Bachelor and Master’s levels, under its
five faculties covering 20 specific design disciplines. National Institute of Design has been
declared ‘Institution of National Importance’ by the Act of Parliament, by virtue of the
National Institute of Design Act 2014. The Institute is also recognized as a Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation by the Department of Science & Technology, Government
of India. It also undertakes outreach, consultancy and industry programmes & projects.
School of Design, University of Limerick, Ireland
The School of Design is home to a variety of undergraduate, postgrad and research activities
in Architecture, Product Design, Design Research, Human Factors and Digital Fabrication.
The School represents the very best in new collaborative approaches to design education
and research for and about people, the spaces they inhabit and the products and service
systems they use now and in the future. All discipline areas within the school work through
an applied, studio-based approach with strong collaboration with Industry and Societal
stakeholders. The School coordinates a range of undergraduate and post graduate
programmes and also hosts the largest single design research group in the country (Design
Factors). Research conducted through Design Factors and SAUL (Architecture) takes the
form of Practice based, Design led, traditional and/or Professionally Based research projects
and degrees. The School is positioned within the Faculty of Science & Engineering at UL
which gives it strong ties to the Health Research Institute and to the CONFIRM and LERO
research institutes within UL. The School of Design is the first Design School based within a
University in Ireland.
Aims of the Partnership
Design education and design-led research continue to lead the fields of Innovation,
Sustainable Development and New Product Development at a local and global level. Both
NID and UL School of Design are recognised internationally to be at the forefront of
educating highly skilled graduates who operate effectively in the global workforce where
creative expertise in Environmental, Technological and Social problem solving are critical.
This partnership aims to build on these strengths to further enable graduates to be global
citizens, design entrepreneurs, community design facilitators and some of the industry
leaders into the future.
The signing of the partnership agreement between NID and the UL School of Design aims to
provide a further studypathway for undergraduate design students to further their studies
while learning from each other’s sociocultural contexts in India and in Ireland. It also aims
over time to build a shared design research capacity through joint supervision of research,
exchange of faculty and researchers.
Elaborating on the association Dr. Adam de Eyto – Head of School of Design, University of
Limerick, said “Our interests in design are very similar but are social and cultural contexts
are each distinctly different. This provides us with a unique opportunity to collaborate with
our NID partners, to learn from each other and develop new design approaches to positively
influence our fast changing world”
The Agreement was signed on behalf of the National Institute of Design by Activity
Chairperson of International Programmes at NID – Prof. Praveen Nahar & the Officiating
Director Prof. Vijai Singh Katiyar and on behalf of the University of Limerick by the Vice
President Academic Affairs and Student Engagement – Prof. Kirsten Mey and Head of the
School of Design, Dr. Adam de Eyto.
Talking about the association Prof. Kerstin Mey, Vice President Academic Affairs and
Student Engagement, University of Limerick and Mr. Praveen Nahar – Activity Chairperson
of International Programmes at NID, said:
Prof. Kerstin Mey – “Design is a vital catalyst for the development of solutions to complex
societal challenges. The cooperation between UL and NID will create a fertile ground for
sharing ideas and insights, stimulating research and knowledge exchange, and promoting
staff and student mobility in the service of social change and innovation and the education
of the next generations of leaders in design.’
Mr. Praveen Nahar – “India and Ireland have similar foundations of design, it will be very interesting for NID and UL School of Design to build collaborative research and academic exchange initiatives and common areas of
interests in design”