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TUS and NID Announce Strategic Collaboration to Transform Global Design Education

  • 27th March 2024

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) has announced a collaboration with India’s National Institute of Design (NID) to enable the development of joint research, projects, publications, as well as student and faculty exchanges.

The TUS and NID alliance, facilitated by Education in Ireland, the national brand representing Irish higher education institutions globally, will offer Indian students access to TUS’s renowned Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) facilities and expertise.

Mike Fitzpatrick, Dean of LSAD and Director of Cultural Engagement at TUS
Mike Fitzpatrick, Dean of LSAD and Director of Cultural Engagement at TUS

The collaboration was officially unveiled in the presence of Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment Simon Coveney, who is currently leading a multi-city visit to India, accompanied by a delegation of Irish academics and corporate representatives.

LSAD,one of TUS’s seven constituent campuses, has been educating, inspiring and empowering people seeking a creative future for more than 170 years. 

TUS, now a QS 5 Star university having achieved the highest possible number of stars in all categories assessed, is the first Irish university to achieve a QS 5 Star Arts and Culture rating, thanks to its excellence in promoting and contributing to the arts and national culture, led by LSAD.

Today, the National Institute of Design, an autonomous institution under the aegis of India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated (Experiential) Design. 

Minister Coveney expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “This partnership marks a significant step towards fostering greater cultural exchange and academic collaboration between Ireland and India. By providing Indian students the opportunity to study at TUS, we aim to nurture the next generation of global design leaders who will drive innovation and creativity across industries.”

Donnacha McNamara, Vice President, International at TUS, said, “Our partnership with India’s National Institute of Design (NID) represents a significant milestone in our commitment to fostering global collaboration and enriching the educational experiences of students and staff. Through this alliance, we aim to cultivate a diverse community of design innovators who will drive positive change and innovation on a global scale.”

Praveen Nahar, Director, NID, Ahmedabad

Adding to this sentiment, Praveen Nahar, Director, NID, Ahmedabad, said, “NID, Ahmedabad, we are thrilled to forge this partnership with the LSAD and its parent institution, Technological University of the Shannon. Acknowledging our shared commitment to design education and research, we anticipate productive collaborations that will enhance both institutions, particularly in Communication Design, Industrial Design, Digital Design, and Design Education at undergraduate, masters, and PhD levels. We eagerly anticipate joint research endeavours, projects, publications, as well as student and faculty exchanges to propel the field of design forward.”

“LSAD has a proud legacy as one of Europe’s leading fine art, design and creative media schools and is reflected in our recent QS 5 Star rating in Arts and Culture. We are delighted to partner with NID such a prestigious university in India and global leader in design. This partnership allows us to develop both high impact and high-profile projects and student/staff exchanges. Our shared commitment to excellence and innovation in design education promises to shape the future landscape of global design leadership” added Mike Fitzpatrick, Dean of LSAD and Director of Cultural Engagement at TUS.

Both TUS and NID anticipate that this partnership will continue to strengthen over time, fostering deeper collaboration and facilitating greater exchange between the two institutions. 

This collaboration stands as a testament to the power of international cooperation in advancing education and driving positive change on a global scale