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Sharing and developing design thinking between the EU and Australia: lessons learned from an ICI-ECP

By Gavin Melles and Scott Thompson-Whiteside


The EU ICI-ECP (Industrialised Countries Instrument - Education Cooperation Programme) programme fosters regional and bilateral cooperation projects based on joint EU - Partner Countries funding and mutual agreement on the selection of higher education partnerships. Building upon longstanding exchange links between Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki (TAIK), in the 2009 Project round a Project – Design Education Partnership and Knowledge Transfer – lead by Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Art and Design Helsinki (TAIK) involving four institutions in Denmark, Finland, France and Italy and three in Australia was successful in gaining funding under the sixth round Joint Mobility Projects. In addition to fostering student and staff mobility, the exchange also aimed to help develop innovative curriculum in the area of design thinking as a core element common to all partners. This paper reflects on the common and differentiated agendas of the partner institutions and what has been learnt about the potential for further development and understanding

Publisher: Australian National University, Monash University and RMIT University and the New Zealand EU Centres Network
Year: 2013
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