UC lecturer strengthens links with former Uni

UC lecturer strengthens links with former Uni

24 June 2011: A delegation from Japan’s Kobe Design University (KDU) visited the University of Canberra last week to explore collaboration opportunities.

The visiting delegation was lead by Professor Takahito Saiki, President of KDU, and Professor Jiro Sagara, Head of the Integrated Masters in Design, among other staff.

University of Canberra industrial design lecturer Carlos Montana Hoyos, an alumnus from KDU, has three collaboration research projects lined up with KDU Professor Sagara.

KDU is a private and highly specialised design university, and a member of Cumulus International Association of Universities of Arts and Design.

Japan's uni visit

Professor Takahito Saiki, President of Kobe Design University exchanges gifts with Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker. Photo by Karyn Ward.

While in Canberra, the Japanese delegation met with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker, Pro-Vice Chancellor International Monique Skidmore, as well as other staff from Marketing and International and the faculties of Arts & Design, Business and Government and the University’s English Language Institute (UCELI).

The meetings provided face to face discussions for the implementation and development of initial international collaborative design research projects, particularly in the area of industrial design.

They also explored future collaborations at diverse levels, including interdisciplinary research in the fields of graphic design, marketing studies and Japanese language.