Distributed collaboration between industry and university partners in HE

Erik Bohemia, Neil Smith, Kerry Harman, Trevor Duncan, Chris Turnock, Sung-Gul Hwang

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Over the past three years the School of Design has been experimenting with an innovative curriculum design and delivery model named ‘the Global Studio’. The Global Studio is a cross-institutional research informed teaching and learning collaboration conducted between Northumbria University and international universities and industry partners based in the UK, USA, Netherlands and Korea. The aims of the Global Studio are directly linked with current and future industry needs that are related to changes in the organisation of product and service development. These changes highlight the importance of equipping design students with skills for working in globally networked organisations particularly the development of skills in intercultural communication and collaboration. In this paper we will focus on the Global Studio conducted in 2008 which included Northumbria University (UK), Hongik University (Korea), Auburn University (USA), Intel (USA), Motorola design studios located in the UK and Korea and Great Southern Wood (USA). These projects will be used to illustrate challenges and benefits of international collaborative industry-based projects undertaken in distributed settings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2009
EventInternational Association of Societies of Design Research 2009 Conference - Seoul, Korea
Duration: 18 Oct 2009 → …


ConferenceInternational Association of Societies of Design Research 2009 Conference
Period18/10/09 → …


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