The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation has opened officially opened its doors for its inaugural academic year, based in Dubai Design District.
The university is the first multi-disciplinary design university of its kind in the Middle East, hosting students both regionally and internationally.
President of DIDI, Mohammad Abdullah commented: "Everyone at DIDI has been waiting for this moment. It is our great pleasure to welcome the talented and eager first year students of DIDI as we make history by officially opening the doors of the first multi-disciplinary design school in the region."
DIDI's academic program has been developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Parsons. Read more about the university's curriculum and strategic location here.
With a total financial investment of AED 270 million, the institute is a direct response to the growing design needs of the regional market which are outlined in the MENA Design Education Outlook report released earlier this year by the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC).
Currently the university is hosting students at a temporary space in d3, however its location will be re-established once the Foster + Partners-designed building is completed - part of Phase II of d3's overall masterplan.
"Design has to become a part of concepts from the very beginning, as opposed to modifying them later to make them look nice. We’re training designers for jobs that don’t exist yet, for the new world," said Brown, adding that students at DIDI will be learning to work across industries to cater to the future of design and the world as a whole.