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What is the Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities?

To solve the diverse and complex issues of society that have been accumulated in the 20th century, design plays an important role. The role of design – identifying the needs, exploring the solutions from various perspectives, guiding towards concrete solutions, proposing and verifying, is recognized as an effective method in all stages of the creative process.

With the increasing social role and expectations on design, we believe as the center for education and research in design studies; we need to rebuild the concept and methodology of design. As a result, the Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities was established to create a new domain of academic research through collaboration with design universities in Japan and other Asian countries.

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"The 2nd Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference" Part 2

Click here to read the 2nd Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference report article (first part) A question-and-answer session was followed, after the three universities presented their reports. Below are some of the questions and answers discussed.   Saga University “Resilience for Creation – What kind of ability to survive in this future?” Tokyo Metropolitan University ”How do you provide support to students during regular classes?” Saga University ”Now that everything is online, the reality is that classes are not possible without students’ help. I have seminar students in their second and third years to help me in the Teacher Assistant (TA) type of work. The workload on […]

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2021.4.23

"The 2nd Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference" Part 1

This conference was attended by 22 public universities with design faculties and departments, and 17 of the universities participated in an online symposium. In 2020, universities were confronted with the big questions of “What is a university?”, “What is education?” and were asked to come up with concrete measures amidst the unprecedented spread of COVID-19 and uncertainty about the future. This second conference’s theme was “Coronavirus: New Lifestyle and Design,” and a lively question-and-answer session was held after the sharing of case studies from each university. In the first half of the 2nd Association of Design Departments and Schools in Japanese Public Universities Conference, Saga University, Chiba University, and Kyoto […]

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2021.4.23

Japan-China Design Symposium and Asia Design Symposium Report

On November 29, 2020, Japan-China Design Symposium was held at the Design Common, a learning support facility on Kyushu University’s Ohashi Campus in Fukuoka. It was initially scheduled in February of the same year but was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The symposium was held online with five Chinese universities and three Japanese universities participated. The plenary session was held with simultaneous interpretation provided in Japanese, Chinese, and English.The theme of the first part was “The Current Status of Design Universities in Japan and China and the Potential and Effects of International Exchange”. Chinese and Japanese universities reported on their educational policies and initiatives in design-related faculties. In both […]

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2021.4.21

SDGs Design International Awards 2020

In response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, the SDGs Design Unit of the Faculty of Design, Kyushu University has established the SDGs Design International Awards 2019 to tackle the challenges facing humanity through design. The goal is to solicit design ideas that may change society from students worldwide, share their solutions widely, and apply them to create a sustainable society. In 2020, the competition theme was “Overcoming the Pandemic, Design for Evolution” and we received 184 submissions from high schools and higher educational institutions from 15 countries around the world. There were a wide range of ideas, including ideas for immediate responses to an […]

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2021.4.20