Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation holds its first graduation ceremony

The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) held its first graduation ceremony at the Dubai Museum of the Future on June 6.

The cohort of graduates – part of the university’s first class when it officially opened in 2018 – have successfully completed the region’s first integrated bachelor’s degree in design.

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DIDI offers the first and only course in the region exclusively dedicated to design and innovation. Its Bachelor of Design (BDes) is the first multidisciplinary program in the Middle East to offer four design disciplines: product design, multimedia design, fashion design and strategic design management.

The program has been specifically designed and curated to meet the growing demand for talented and forward-looking designers and innovators regionally and globally.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Culture Chairperson and Dubai Council Member, who attended the ceremony, said: “The graduation of DIDI’s first class of Bachelor of Design represents a new step in our progress towards a new creative dynamic. economy. It is an incredibly proud moment for students, parents, teachers and Dubai. DIDI, the first multidisciplinary design program of its kind in the Middle East, is one of many pioneering programs that encapsulate the forward-looking spirit of Dubai. For us to realize our ambition for Dubai’s creative economy, we need to ensure that the infrastructure and the right programs and institutions are in place for future and current creatives to develop, grow and flourish. This is not just for our community in Dubai, but for the region and beyond. DIDI is an example of a successful effort in Dubai to develop the offer of the local creative and cultural ecosystem, starting with our young people, who are the future of the sector.

DIDI's first graduation ceremony was held at the Museum of the Future
DIDI’s first graduation ceremony was held at the Museum of the Future

Malek Al Malek, CEO of the Dubai Development Authority (DDA) and Chairman of DIDI, said: “Our leaders’ focus on building a knowledge and innovation driven economy is based on a robust and agile education system that prepares students to take advantage of opportunities and jobs. of tomorrow – a vision we share at DIDI. In a world transformed by digital capabilities and technologies, the need for skilled and enterprising professionals and innovators is greater than ever.

“The future belongs to ambitious and dynamic creators, innovators and entrepreneurs who can help advance economic strategies and strengthen vital industries. From the start, we laid the foundation for a program that elevates design thinking and equips students with technical and practical skills, as well as the principles of entrepreneurship in key sectors.

Mohammad Abdullah, President of DIDI, said, “This is an extremely proud moment for DIDI and everyone involved at the university. Tonight seeing our first graduates is truly a privilege that supports the university’s efforts to accelerate growth in creative sectors and contribute to the development of a diverse and innovation-driven economy for Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and the region at large. The ceremony is both inspiring and appropriate, as our graduates have hope and curiosity for the future.

“Design is woven into many facets of our lives and matters more than ever as it holds the key to innovation. As Dubai and the United Arab Emirates continue to make their presence known in the global dialogue on innovation and creativity, we at DIDI will continue to challenge thinking and take the skills and capabilities of design and innovation in the UAE and the region to new heights, with the skills needed for the careers of the future, We look forward to seeing where our graduates will go from here as they pursue impactful careers and avenues for the positive advancement of society.

Highlighting the talents of the graduates, ten graduation projects were also exhibited at the Museum of the Future during the ceremony. These were selected from the university’s first graduate exhibition, held at the Dubai Design District (d3) over the past two weeks, showcasing students’ work, ideas and concepts.

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