International Design Symposium in Kyoto 2017 [ IDS Kyoto 2017 ]

In association with Spring Design School 2017
International Design Symposium in Kyoto 2017 (IDS Kyoto 2017)

March 16-17, 2017 (Thursday and Friday)
Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto University


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Online Registration Deadline: March 9, 2017

Program Outline

*The schedule and presentation titles are tentative and subject to change.

Wednesday, March 15

18:00 Welcome Reception (by invitation only, at Kyoto Research Park)

Thursday, March 16

09:30-   Registration

10:00-10:30 Opening Remarks
Session Chair: Prof. Tetsuo Sawaragi (Kyoto University)

  Program Coordinator Prof. Toru Ishida (Kyoto University)

10:30-12:30 Session 1: Assessment of Learning Outcomes of Design Studies
Session Chair: Dr. Robin Humphrey (Newcastle University)

  Assessment Strategy for Learning Outcomes of Kyoto University Design School
  Prof. Tetsuo Sawaragi (Kyoto University)

  » Assessing the Acquisition of the Design Competence - Implications from Pioneering Work in Engineering
  Dr. Satoko Fukahori (National Institute for Educational Policy Research, MEXT)

  International Movements of Outcomes-Based Learning and Teaching: Student Engagement Projects and Desired Graduate Outcomes
  Prof. Kumiyo Nakakoji (Kyoto University)

12:30-13:30 Lunch (not served)

13:30-15:30 Session 2: Practices of Cohort-Based Learning
Session Chair: Prof. Hiroyuki Matsui (Kyoto University)

  » Field Internship: Exploiting the Power of Field Education
  Dr. Yohei Murakami (Kyoto University)

  » Integrated Design Project for Global Engineering Challenges
  Dr. Rachel Horn (The University of Sheffield)

  How Are Doctoral Students Supervised?
  Dr. Robin Humphrey (Newcastle University)

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

(16:00-18:00 (collocated event) Students Research Exchange Workshop in Design)

18:00-20:00 Banquet

Friday, March 17

10:00-12:00 Session 3: Interdisciplinary Programs on Design
Session Chair: Prof. Maosong Sun (Tsinghua University)

  Graduate Program for Social ICT Global Creative Leaders
  Prof. Yasuo Kuniyoshi (University of Tokyo)

  » Create a New Circle of Science, Engineering and Design: Introduction to Kyoto University Design School
  Prof. Toru Ishida (Kyoto University)

  Vision and Missions of SUTD Focusing on Technology-Based Design
  Prof. Chong Tow Chong (Singapore University of Technology and Design)

12:00-13:00 Lunch (not served)

13:00-15:00 Session 4: Programs for Fostering Innovative Leaders
Session Chair: Prof. Pekka Korvenmaa (Aalto University)

  » Design in the Age of Entanglement
  Prof. Fawwaz Habbal (Harvard University)

  Design as an Entrepreneurial Process
  Prof. Daniel Hjorth / Prof. Robin Holt (Copenhagen Business School)

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break

15:30-16:15 Wrap-up Session and Closing
Chair: Prof. Tetsuo Sawaragi (Kyoto University)

16:30-17:30 International Advisory Board Meeting (closed)
Chair: Prof. Kumiyo Nakakoji (Kyoto University)


"Towards Establishing International Standardization of Design Education"

A series of IDS Kyoto have been held annually since 2013, and its objective is to facilitate the formation of active collaborations among worldwide well-known institutions to achieve a tangible outcome and to develop a sustainable network of design-related researchers all over the world.

Four years have passed since the Kyoto University Design School (KDnS) started, and based upon our past accomplishments we have in place a plan to monitor and improve the quality of the program towards establishing international standardization of design education.

KDnS graduates will:

  1. have the potential to exercise leadership over the solution of the issues on designing social systems and social architectures;
  2. integrate knowledge and skills across subjects and perceive connections between disciplinary domains in understanding of problems;
  3. develop distinguished global views on different fields of expertise and problem‐solving skills that allow them to tackle cross‐cultural and multi‐faceted issues;
  4. have the critical skills to communicate effectively with people of different levels and work areas within and across organizations in an international setting.

It is important to ensure that our programs adopt a broad and interdisciplinary perspective and that courses in the curriculum as well as co-curricular activities support the attainment of learning outcomes as mentioned above.

IDS Kyoto 2017 first introduces our programs to assure that the quality of educational outcomes achieved by students meets international standards wherever the students study. Then, IDS Kyoto 2017 features speakers who are from worldwide renowned institutions on design research education and are implementing their programs aiming at the similar targets to our KDnS to collaboratively achieve the mission of the symposium of "Establishing International Standardization of Design Education" with all of the participants.

In addition to the speakers, International Advisory Board Members of the Kyoto University Design School also join and facilitate the discussions with the participants to collaboratively achieve the mission of the symposium of "Establishing International Standardization of Design Education".


Co-organized by:

Collaborative Graduate Program in Design, Kyoto University
Design Innovation Consortium

General Chair:

Tetsuo Sawaragi (Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University)


Place: Clock Tower Centennial Hall, Kyoto University

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