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International Academic Partners

Aalto University, Finland was established in 2010 – the result of a merger between three major Finnish universities: Helsinki University of Technology, Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Art and Design, Helsinki. The close collaboration was intended to foster multi-disciplinary education and research by way of blending the scientific, business, and arts faculties. QS World University Rankings 2017 have Aalto listed 13th worldwide in the field of Art and Design. The University has been identified as one of world's 55 technology challenger universities in an analysis by Times Higher Education (THE). According to THE, challenger universities think outside the box on research collaboration and funding, often have innovation at the core of their strategy, bear strong industry links, and invest in research that excels in technological areas.

The University’s Aalto Design Factory focuses on creating an ideal physical and mental working environment for product developers and researchers and enable fruitful interaction between students, researchers, and professionals. Design Factory is centered on lending key support to spark innovation. It aims to gather students and business practitioners along with their research to create a new learning culture and opportunities for continuous experimentation. The Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) has a transcontinental presence in Santiago, Shanghai, Helsinki, Melbourne, Geneva, Seoul, Riga, Philadelphia, Porto, and Leeuwarden.

The Design Factory at Avantika University, Ujjain will mark the network’s first center in India, and thereby South Asia. This collaboration will present hands-on learning experiences for students via a series of real life challenges and industry projects on a global scale – an unprecedented first for students in India. Research students will have opportunities to conduct interdisciplinary research experiments with industry partners and experts from across the globe. 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 the MoU with Aalto Design Factory Global Network (DFGN). L-R: 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 the first day of Design Factory Bootcamp, 2017. The place where it all began is the Studio Space in the Design Factory with colorful stackable chairs. Pecha Kucha presentation followed immediately after, with Prof. Sanjay Jain leading the speakers with a presentation on Avantika University.



Four hours of grueling Prototyping Workshop … ‘Learning by Doing’ in collaborative team. Challenge presented by Kone Elevators: How does one find a room in a large 20-floor hospital with long corridor and 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' through a play where a blind man on a wheel chair gets to find his son's room.





The exercise is to map the culture of a working place by asking several 'whys'. How does the culture manifest itself and why? What are the norms and rules and why? What are the values and why? What are the assumptions and why? The outcome of the exercise was, "Problems are never specific to Disciplines", which 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 has joined hands with Cambridge University Press India to provide educational resources and development programs that will empower students and teachers at Avantika University with a better learning experience. With the right blend of traditional and modern resources, an Avantika education will equip students with a holistic experience as part of the University’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 has joined hands with Ahhaa to become the first university to bring in an Ahhaa-created "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 students’ 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