- 22 June 2022
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The visit signifies a new chapter for the RCA and KIDP with an expanded memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by Dr Paul Thompson, Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, and Dr Yoon Sang Heum, President of the Korea Institute of Design Promotion.
The expanded MoU builds on the longstanding relationship between the two institutions with RCA and KIDP having worked together closely since 2012, when the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design led a workshop in Seoul introducing young Korean designers to the emerging area of healthcare service design.
“It is vital to cooperate with organisations from around the world in order to provide effective education for especially young designers with potential. KIDP will closely work with the RCA based on the expanded MoU and continue our endeavours to nurture and support talented designers.”President of the Korea Institute of Design Promotion
Since 2017, the RCA has welcomed students from three design engineering postgraduate schools and four regional Korea Design Membership programmes to take part in week-long design challenge workshops funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of South Korea, as part of the RCA’s Executive Education programming. Working with the RCA’s world-leading Design Products and Innovation Design Engineering programmes, these workshops also allowed students to capitalise on their time spent in London through visits to the Design Museum and a range of guest lectures.
Marking the Korea Institute of Design Promotion’s first international delegation since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the visit to the College’s new Battersea campus, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, signifies a welcome return to safe international travel. Yoon Sang Heum along with other senior members of KIDP received a tour of facilities housed in the Rausing Research & Innovation Building, including the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Intelligent Mobility Design Centre, InnovationRCA – the College’s start-up incubator – and the Hyundai Kia Innovation Lab.
“The RCA and KIDP have shared successful links for many years. We are very excited that we both share the intention to expand our partnership, create new collaborations and ideas together so that we can rise to the global challenges of the twenty-first century ahead.”Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art
Sharing the RCA’s vision for design-led innovation, under Yoon Sang Heum’s guidance the Korea Institute of Design Promotion will sit at the intersection between government, industry and higher education and drive forward the country’s ambitions to become a world-leader in the field of design.