VIA Design partners with recognised, American university

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Cornell University has a total of more than 21,000 students. From the summer of 2015 VIA has an exchange agreement with Cornell Iniversity in Ithaca. 
Cornell University is a very recognised, American university, and in the summer of 2015, the university will open its doors to VIA Design students who wish to go on an exchange visit. The university is located in the town of Ithaca close to New York. 

The new exchange agreement with Cornell University creates much excitement at the design educational programmes at VIA Business, Technology and Creative Industries. The design educational programmes are all gathered under the name VIA Design. The students will be able to follow the studies at the faculty of College of Human Ecology. Two senior lecturers from the design educational programmes already visited Cornell – and two researchers from the American university visited VIA Business, Technology and Creative Industries in June last year. 

”The agreement with the College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, means very much to us. It will open completely new doors to both our students and employees as the university in the US is very well-known and recognised for its high academic standards”, states Ingrid Søe, Director of Education and Research at VIA Design. 

Last year, Cornell University sought out VIA Business, Technology and Creative Industries at a large educational exhibition in San Diego because the university was interested in Danish design. This turned out to be the start of the partnering agreement which has now been signed by both educational institutions. 

Leading up to synergy

Cornell University has a total of more than 21,000 students. More than 1,500 students spend their daily lives at the faculty of College of Human Ecology. Focus of the subjects at the faculty is sustainability. 

Students from the College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, get the possibility of an exchange visit in Denmark. The American students can follow classes for a semester with the following areas of specialisation: Fashion Design, Pattern Design, Furniture and Retail Design. 

”We are a university college that educates to practice. We will now work closely with a university with a high academic level. Our students will get a more academic angle to the industry while the American students will find themselves closer to practice. This creates a synergy where two educational institutions really can use each other’s competencies”, says Ingrid Søe. 

The fashion and lifestyle industry is international, and it is therefore important that the students get the possibility of achieving insight into other cultures already during their studies, thereby acquiring international competencies. 

”This is an amazing opportunity to travel. The young students simply become properly equipped for the future”, says Ingrid Søe, Director of Education and Research at VIA Design. 

For further information, please contact: 

Ingrid Søe Director of Education and Research for the design educational programmes at VIA Business, Technology and Creative Industries
T: +45 87 55 0556
E: ins@via.dk

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