National Institute of Design (NID), which has been listed by Business Week, USA as one of the top 25 European & Asian design programmes during two consecutive years (2006, 2007) again during 2009 as the top most institution in the world and in 2014 in the Top 30 design colleges of the world published by Ranker, is privileged to have the benefit of rewarding academic exchange relationships with several leading design institutions / universities across the world.

Many faculty and student exchanges, along with research and academic interactions, have been taking place with most of our partner institutions over the years. NID shares and values the emerging concerns and creative responses of faculty experts and students from each of these important institutions.

1. Faculty Exchange: As NID completes almost 60 years in design education in India, there is increased focus on its faculty. One of the key areas which international agreements would like to concentrate is exchange of faculty members between the partner institutes. The objective is to nurture and to strengthen an ongoing dialogue for design education and research. NID is keen to see many such exchanges taking place for different durations as discussed in the MoUs.

2. Research: Research is interwoven into academic and professional design practices and methods of the National Institute of Design (NID). Creative and systematic investigation, system thinking, and developing sensitive and imaginative framework of design dissemination to the sectors that are in need of the same—all continue to remain hallmarks of NID’s approach to design research. Research initiatives are streamlined through classroom assignments, student diploma projects, faculty-initiated research projects, consultancy assignments, and industry sponsored research. Applied form of design research extends further to the setting up of a number of industry sponsored research labs/centres at the institute. Research and documentation is integral to the design curriculum at NID.

NID seeks to explore possibilities of joint collaborative research projects with the partner institute. Several such international projects have yielded meaningful collaborations.
The outcome of such joint collaborative research could culminate in seminars, workshops, conferences, joint publications, etc.

3. NID Press: NID Press or publications at the National Institute of Design (NID) aim to capture the institute’s unique design philosophy and experiences gained through the practices in design education, research, consultancy and outreach. NID publications focus upon contemporary issues; social concerns; historical development; economic, political and environmental contexts; global connections; and extrapolate the philosophical developments in design. The department’s range of publications includes books, monographs, catalogues, a newsletter which collates design activities, concepts, and theories. They capture the ‘hands-on’ experiences of several successful attempts that the institute has made to explore new conceptual knowledge and advancements in design.

The Trellis, a design research journal features research projects of both NID faculty & students, conference papers, description of NID archival documents, book reviews, interviews, etc. Contributions for the Trellis by way of research papers are welcome.

4. Joint Workshops Collaborative Projects: The Continuing Educational Programmes (CEP) at NID integrates design knowledge with the varied segments of industry, commerce and service sectors. CEP conducts short duration programmes / workshops to create awareness and sensitize the participants (professional, organizational and institutional) to the role of design and its contribution in translating innovative ideas/ concepts/ technology into market success by using the holistic approaches of design process as a strategic tool. Such short-term workshops could be jointly offered by faculty members from both institutes. This model can be replicated at the partner institute as well.

5. Open Electives: Each year during the month of January/February, NID organises Open Electives on its campus which are two-week workshops offered to the senior students from across the diverse disciplines from both UG / PG programmes offered at NID. The scope and nature of the elective subjects, though pre-decided each year, are envisaged to be multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary thus enabling new contexts and crossovers. Mutually agreed framework, content and methodology of each workshop is announced to the NID students in advance who select the course of their choice. Visiting professors from both MoU partners and other institutes, for this event are invited to offer workshops and they are also encouraged to bring along 5 - 10 design students from their respective institute / university to participate in these workshops along with NID students.

6. Student exchange: Regular student exchange between the students can take place every year for one semester. However, it is advisable for the visiting student to participate in the second semester at NID (beginning from end of December/beginning of January) till April/May.


Students / faculty of NID and from partner institutes looking to explore exchange opportunities in the host institution may send their requests only through the International Offices at the home institutes who can process these requests based on the respective guidelines.

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List of International Collaborations

  1. Shenkar College of Engg. & Design, Ramat Gan, Israel
  2. University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  3. Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
  4. Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel
  5. Taiwan Design Center, Taipei, Taiwan
  6. Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
  7. Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel
  8. College of Planning & Design, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  9. Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan
  10. Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
  11. Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  12. Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
  13. School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), People’s Republic of China
  14. Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
  15. Chanapatana International Design Institute, Thailand
  16. King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand
  17. Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel
  18. International University of Chabahar, Chabahar, Iran

  1. The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Kigali, Rwanda
  3. Faculty of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana

  1. Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
  2. Design & Arts College, Christchurch, New Zealand
  3. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia
  4. The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  5. Deakin University, Australia

  1. University of Art & Design (UIAH) / Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
  2. École nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI), Paris, France
  3. École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris, France
  4. Burg Giebchenstein, Halle, Germany
  5. Konstfack University College of Art, Craft & Design, Stockholm, Sweden
  6. Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, Pforzheim, Germany
  7. Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, (BIAD), Birmingham, UK
  8. Royal College of Art & Design, London, UK
  9. Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
  10. University “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
  11. Instituto Europeo di Design, S R L, Milan, Italy
  12. University of Bocconi, Milan, Italy
  13. Hochschule, Hannover, Germany
  14. Pininfarina, S.p.A, Italy
  15. The Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  16. University College for Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
  17. Zurich University of Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
  18. Domus Academy, Milan, Italy
  19. École Supérieure d'Art et de Design, Reims, France
  20. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
  21. I-Style, Italy
  22. Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy
  23. Dept. of Machine Tools & Factory Management, Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany
  24. Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin University of Applied Arts, Berlin, Germany
  25. École supérieure d'art et design / Cité du design, Saint-Étienne, France
  26. Coventry University, Coventry, UK
  27. Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
  28. Lucerne School of Art and Design, Lucerne, Switzerland
  29. Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Lemgo, Germany
  30. Heriot-Watt University, School of Textiles & Design, Galashiels, Scotland
  31. Poli.Design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  32. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic
  33. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  34. University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
  35. Università San Raffaele, Rome, Italy
  36. École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Dijon, Dijon, France
  37. Royal Academy of Arts (KABK), The Hague, The Netherlands
  38. Hof University of Applied Sciences, Hof, Germany
  39. Saxion University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
  40. Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  41. Haute école des arts du Rhin (H.E.A.R.), Strasbourg, France
  42. Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland
  43. Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, Portugal
  44. Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel, Germany
  45. Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  46. University of the Arts, London, UK
  47. Haute école d'art et de design (Geneva School of Art and Design), Geneva, Switzerland
  48. Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG), Offenbach, Germany
  49. HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands
  50. École nationale des Arts visuels de La Cambre, La Cambre, Belgium
  51. University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
  52. Bath Spa University, UK
  53. University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal
  54. Business Academy South West, Denmark
  55. University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  56. University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dortmund, Germany
  57. Kryachkov State University of Architecture, Design and Arts of Novosibirsk, Russia
  58. Accademia della Moda, Institute of Universal Art and Design, Italy
  59. F+F Schule für Kunst und Design, Zurich, Switzerland
  60. Technological University of the Shannon, LimerickIreland

  1. Instituto Profesional DuocUC of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  2. Sheridan College of Applied Arts & Design, Canada
  3. The Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada
  4. Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, USA
  5. Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, USA
  6. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
  7. School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University, Toronto, Canada
  8. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, USA
  9. George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology (GBC), Ontario, Canada
  10. CENTRO, Mexico City, Mexico
  11. Parsons The New School, New York, USA
  12. Escola Politécnica (EP USP) & Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAUUSP), Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil