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International Academic Partners

Based in Finland, Aalto University is a multidisciplinary university, where science and art meet technology and business. Founded in 2010, they are part of the elite top 200-250 World Universities group as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2016-2017, and amongst the 980 top universities from around the globe. Design Factory (DF) is one of the prominent initiatives at Aalto University that provides a development environment that encourages learning, teaching, research, and industry co-operation focused on product development and design. Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) is a network of collaborative institutions, as part of the DF initiative that promotes innovation to drives change towards a better learning culture. An interdisciplinary problem-based and project led framework it enables students to work together with the industry. Avantika University will develop an institutional partnership with the DF initiative towards setting up a Design Factory at Avantika campus in Ujjain, India. It will enhance learning and support implementation of innovative and engaging academic learning modules for the students and faculty members likewise. Avantika will work in close collaboration with Aalto University’s DFGN to collaborate effectively across cultures, and organizational boundaries that are fostering radical innovations.



Celebrating the moment as Avantika University signs off MoU with Aalto Design Factory Global Network (DFGN). Prof Kalevi Etu Ekman, Design Factory Director, Prof Sanjay Jain, Director - Design Education, Avantika University and Dr Mari-Anna Suurmunne, Head of International Relations, Aalto University.



Participants gathering up and settling down on early morning April 02, the first day of Design Factory, Bootcamp 2017. The place where it all began is the Studio space in Design Factory with colorful stackable chairs. Pecha Kucha presentation followed immediately after with Prof Sanjay Jain first to present on building up of Avantika University.



Four hours of gruelling Prototyping Workshop..Learning by doing in collaborative team. Challenge given by Kone Elevators:How does one find a room in a large 20 floor hospital with long corridor, several wings. Prof Sanjay Jain's team and his proposed concept won the challenge by peer voting. They designed a TalkBot Navigator named 'Naavid' sensitive to human anxiety and part of IoT (Internet of Things) with Elevators/Escalators. He presented 'Talking Navvid' (Really talking) through a play where a blind man on wheel chair gets to find his son's room.





The exercise is to map culture of a working place by asking several 'whys'. How does the culture Manifest itself? Why ? What are the norms and rules? Why? What are the values? Why? What are the assumptions? The outcome of the exercise "Problems are never Specific to Disciplines" was presented in "Pitch the Future" Action plan of Avantika Design Factory.






Cambridge University Press is a part of the University of Cambridge, England*. Cambridge University Press India enables educational and instructional study material to learners from across India and South Asia. Headquartered in New Delhi, Cambridge University Press India focuses on the development of the English language content that directly impacts the skill based industry, research-based publishing, and learning solutions. It publishes, in both print and digital media, with original titles in three core study areas, including academic, education (school) and ELT (English Language Teaching). Avantika University joined hands with Cambridge University Press India to provide educational resources and development programs that empower students and teachers at Avantika University with a better learning experience. With the right blend of traditional and modern resources, Avantika education will equip students with a holistic experience as part of Avantika’s foundation year module.
*Ranked 4th amongst World Universities as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017.

Ahhaa is a Virtual Reality Based Platform that partners with leaders and influencers to bring natural and simple principles, processes and practices to guide the mind, body, and soul for growth, success, and fulfillment. Based in New York, USA, Ahhaa promotes people-to-people interaction inspiration engine where individual people share stories, ideas, and solutions to bring the best of humanity together through technology. Avantika University joined hands with Ahhaa to become the first ever university in the world to bring in a whole Ahhaa specially designed "Life Design" curriculum for students to help them experience transformative mind growth journey. In-line with Avantika’s vision of creating enlightened citizens, Ahhaa will fully contribute to developing student’s inner growth.



MIT Pune Collaborations

MIT, Pune is recognized as one of the premier educational institutions from the state of Maharashtra and is in-line with the best from the education world. Our collaborations with other institutions and universities of higher learning help our students, faculty, partners and staff with a myriad of learning prospects. These partnerships cover the areas of developing and advancing curriculum, research and exchange opportunities.

  • University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland
  • University of Dundee, Scotland
  • Northumbria University, UK
  • Coventry University, UK
  • Middlesex University, UK
  • University of Derby, UK
  • University for the Creative Arts, UK
  • E.S.A.D. Orleans, France
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • George Brown College, Canada
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla, Mexico
  • Edinburgh Napier University, UK
  • Ecole De Design Nantes Atlantique, France
  • Strate Collège, France
  • Istituto Europeo di Design, Italy
  • Politecnico Di Milano, Italy
  • College for Creative Studies, USA
  • The Ontario Maharashtra Goa Student Exchange Program
  • KunsthochscHule Berlin Weissensee School of Art and Design, Berlin