Aalto University, Finland was established in 2010 to foster multi-disciplinary education and research by way of blending the scientific, business, and arts faculties. The university has been identified as one of world's 55 technology challenger universities in an analysis by Times Higher Education (THE) and is also ranked 9th in the field of art and design as per QS World University Rankings 2018. Aalto believes in outside the box thinking, has innovation at the core of their strategy, bears strong industry links, and invests in research that excels in technological areas.
The Aalto University 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.