Int’l Conference on Doctoral Education in Design to be Held at World University of Design, Sonipat, on October 18, 2023

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The prestigious event, organized by the European Academy of Design, is being held in India for the first time

DELHI-NCR / October 10, 2023: Sonipat-based World University of Design, India’s first and only university dedicated to education in creative domains such as Fashion, Design, Arts and Architecture, is hosting the 15th International Conference on Doctoral Education in Design. The event, to be held on October 18, 2023, is being held in partnership with the Punjab-based RIMT University.


The prestigious biennial conference is organised by the European Academy of Design (EAD) to reflect on what is needed to fuel the future of design education. The 2023 conference will be delivered over five one-day events in five cities in the world including Sonipat, Bilbao (Spain), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Espoo (Finland) and Glasgow (the UK). The conference, being held for the first time in India, explores doctoral design research and education and its role in defining agendas for the next 25 years.

Each of the five country hubs is focusing on different themes: Beyond Human-Centred Design Research (Sonipat); The Discipline of Design – Transdisciplinary Practices (Bilbao); Living in the Pluriverse (São Paulo); Exploring the Social Impact of Design Research (Espoo); and Extreme Making (Glasgow).

The in-person event at World University of Design’s Sonipat Campus will have keynote addresses and presentation by more than 25 researchers. Also, in attendance will be 150 delegates and invitees from major universities of design, industry, stakeholders, and doctoral students. For design academics and researchers, this will be an important networking event.

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Two keynote speakers at the Conference are from IIT Delhi, including Jay Dhariwal who will speak on “How can we Change the World through Design Research?” and Sudipto Mukherjee whose talk is titled “Towards Developing the Mind’s Eye.” The third keynote speaker, the noted designer Mukul Goyal who has created the eponymous label comprising of objects of home decor, would share his thoughts on “Craft in Your Hands: The Interwoven Relationships between Tradition, Materials and Processes for Contemporary Design.”

Said Prof. (Dr.) Sanjay Gupta, Vice Chancellor, World University of Design, Sonipat: “We are delighted and honored to play hosts to this prestigious global conference by the European Academy of Design which is being held for the first time in India. The event is positioned to address the future requirements of design education. Its tagline ‘What got us here, won’t get us there,’ highlights the fact that design education is going to need a massive rethink and overhaul because the world is changing ever so rapidly. For India, this is even more relevant as doctoral education in design is almost non-existent in the country. While the hosting of this Conference in India shows that the country has come up the ladder of design education to a certain extent, the fact of the matter is that we need even higher levels of education in design if the creative domains are truly to be a catalyst in the development of Indian economy.”

Registration for delegates is open. With a single registration, the delegates would be able to attend the in-person conference at WUD Sonipat as well as the online conferences in 4 other cities. 

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About World University of Design

The World University of Design (WUD), founded in 2018, is a prominent institution located in Sonipat, Haryana. It is among India’s leading emerging universities, holding a QS I-Gauge Platinum Rating in Design education and an A+ Grade in Outcome-Based Education by World Institutional Ranking. Dedicated to creative education, WUD has the largest portfolio of design courses in India. It offers a diverse range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in fields like Architecture, Design, Fashion, Communication, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Management.

Committed to sustainability and making a positive global impact, WUD fosters a dynamic learning environment that promotes hands-on education, fostering student excellence with state-of-the-art facilities and numerous award-winning projects. The university prioritizes research and innovation and has established international collaborations and exchange programs to provide students with a global perspective. With a focus on industry partnerships, internships, and industry-relevant faculty, WUD prepares students for successful careers in the design industry, aiming to become a center of excellence in creative education in India.

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