ISDI Parsons Mumbai was inaugurated by David E. Van Zandt, President, The New School – Parsons School of Design on 9th October 2015
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.
The inauguration was graced by the Honorable Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C. Vidyasagar Rao and the Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University, Sanjay Deshmukh.
Also present were Radha Kapoor, Founder & Executive Director, ISDI, herself a Parsons School of Design alumni as well as Dr. Indu Shahani, Chair of Academic Council, Siddharth Shahani, Executive Director and Professor Mookesh Patel, Dean, ISDI - Parsons Mumbai.
The coming together of two unique design education institutions, a global leader and new entrant ISDI, is providing a platform for creative idealization and design thinking, never experienced in India.
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. We are extremely proud of our privileged partnership with the No. 1 design school in the world: The New School – Parsons School of Design, under the visionary leadership of David Van Zandt for ISDI- Parsons at Lower Parel Innovation District (LPID) in Mumbai. We are truly delighted to welcome, President Van Zandt, at ISDI Parsons Mumbai, which prepares youth to be ready for the design and innovation oriented world economy through mentor-ship by global design leaders and innovators, which I believe is the new age model for design education.”
The Indian School of Design and Innovation ISDI, inaugurated its founding batch of under- and post- graduate studies in July 2013, is committed to a new educational model, inspired by the idea of design and innovation as transformative forces in society. Founded by creative entrepreneur Radha Kapoor, in association with Radha’s alma mater, Parsons School of Design The New School of Design, New York. ISDI benefits from Parsons’ rigorous curriculum, its visiting faculty, well established student exchanges and global relationships. With creativity, innovation and sustainability at the core of ISDI’s philosophy, ISDI is at the forefront of Indian design creating new career opportunities in design and other creative industries.
About Parsons School of Design:
Parsons School of Design is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.
Founded in 1919, The New School was born out of principles of academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. Committed to social engagement, The New School today remains in the vanguard of innovation in higher education, with more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students challenging the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The New School welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and calendar of lectures, screenings, readings, and concerts. Through its online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.