ISDI Parsons Mumbai inaugurated by David E. Van Zandt, President, The New School – Parsons School of Design

Fashion design students need not go all the way to New York to get education from the esteemed Parsons School of Design. Now you can get the same courses right here in Mumbai. David Van Zandt, President of The New School – Parsons School of Design, New York visited the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) – Parsons Mumbai campus here in Mumbai to inaugurate the ISDI Academic Campus and formalize the association between the two design institutions.

L- R - Kailash Surendranath, Sonali Bendre, Arti Surendranath, David Van Zandt, Radha Kapoor, Dr. Indu Shahani, Gayatri Oberoi

L- R – Kailash Surendranath, Sonali Bendre, Arti Surendranath, David Van Zandt, Radha Kapoor, Dr. Indu Shahani, Gayatri Oberoi

The New School – Parsons School of Design, ranked number one for design, supports ISDI by creating a unique design education delivery system, ISDI benefits from Parsons’ faculty, on-going training, a global curriculum, global relationships, student and faculty exchanges all meeting international academic quality assurance processes.

David Van Zandt, President, The New School – Parsons School of Design, said, “Design is engaging boardrooms; creating a problem solving ethos in a corporation. Design schools are not only a major source of new talent for the economy’s rapidly growing creative sector, but are critical catalysts for entrepreneurship. Universities must embrace interdisciplinary learning on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Even for students who are not focusing in the arts, some experience and literacy with design will prove crucial in an increasingly creative economy. While design is a concept that is often assumed to be about engineering and high-tech applications, it is only a small part of its focus. Design, broadly defined, is an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving that seeks to develop more effective products, environments, and organizations.”

“At its heart, design is about understanding people and how they interact in the larger world. By leveraging design thinking and its intersections with other disciplines, universities will continue to serve as the incubators of creative innovation.”

Radha Kapoor, Founder & Executive Director, ISDI, and also an alumnus of Parsons School of Design, New York said “ISDI – Parsons Mumbai is laser focused on building a New-Gen ecosystem of Design & Innovation driven by Creative Entrepreneurship in India. In today’s globalised economy, our key focus is to create an effective global design network, that significantly accelerates the success of Indian Entrepreneurship & Innovation across cultural boundaries.

Dr Indu Shahani with Radha Kapoor

Dr Indu Shahani with Radha Kapoor

I am so glad that a world-class design school has finally decided to make our city its home. More power to art!

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