The World University of Design (WUD) is one of India’s first and only universities committed to education in the creative domain. The institution is set up by the Haryana Private Universities Act, 2006, with the right to award degrees under Section 2(f) and 22(I) of the UGC Act. All degrees at WUD are UGC approved.
School of Management at WUD
WUD’s BBA and MBA programs have a holistic approach in moulding aspirants into well-equipped management professionals. Apart from building student’s knowledge base and competencies in the selected area of specialisation, the goal also rests on honing their thinking abilities, leadership and life skills. Since the institute focuses on application-based learning, the curriculum is well-designed through intense research and inputs from industry experts and leading academicians. Learning at WUD happens experientially, ameliorated with case studies, live projects, problem-solving projects, industry interactions, internships and more. The industry brings in various engaging means to ensure the practice meets theory in all functional areas. Scores of companies visit campus for multiple engagements and provide students with meaningful interactions with thinkers, entrepreneurs, experts, and highly committed industry professionals, thereby enhancing their learning experience and making them industry-ready.
Design is not merely about the way things look; it is also about how they function. As India is set to grow in almost all fields, design is vital in making India competitive. The World University of Design (WUD) responds to this need through its cutting edge, interdisciplinary programs in the creative domains of Design, Fashion, Communication, Art, Architecture, Media, Management, and Humanities.
The WUD, promoted by Shri Om Parkash Bansal Educational and Social Welfare Trust of Mandi Gobindgarh, Punjab, has over two decades of rich experience in establishing and running premier educational institutes. The trust is led by the visionary industrialist Chairman Dr. Hukam Chand Bansal to impart quality education and nurture society worthy individuals.
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The lush green campus of the World University of Design, spread over 12 acres, is located in the fast-developing Rajiv Gandhi Education City on NH1 in Delhi, NCR. Its neighbour, premier institutes like the IIT Delhi, Ashoka University, National Law University, and NIFTEM. The Education City is 15 minutes away from the Delhi border and 3 hours from Chandigarh. The nearest Delhi Metro station is Jahangirpuri for now. The authorities have also announced the extension of the Metro line to the education city. Moreover, the campus connects with towns in its vicinity that support comfortable living in the area.
Following all creative people’s shared belief that “an Idea doesn’t have a time or place”, the WUD doesn’t confine teaching to walled spaces. It encourages students to acquire knowledge from human and natural contacts; hence all closed and open spaces can be classified as convertible learning areas.
This form of learning promotes innovation and exploration. Learning by doing as the primary teaching method, WUD provides its students with industry-relevant updated facilities and resources. Workshops and studios are open for long hours, with aid offered to students to work on their creations. Aspirants enjoy formal and friendly discussions with regular and visiting faculty members and visit exciting places, exhibitions and sites. The university offers mentorship and the necessary support for participating in national and international design competitions.
Industry Connects and Placements
The WUD faculty maintains robust alliances with industry partners and employers that enable students to leverage opportunities to showcase their skills. Several MOUs have been signed with some of the best-known studios in the country. These associations help explore the possibilities for industry projects, placements, and internships for better career growth. The WUD further offers assured placement and entrepreneurial support through partner companies, incubation centre and industry network.
The WUD is a member of ADI (Association of Designers of India) and a member of CUMULUS, allowing it access to alliances with over 250 member institutes across 54 nations.
The WUD considers international exposure a quintessential part of design education and aims to provide abundant opportunities to its students to experience and explore the various nuances of this aspect of education. This enhances a student’s personality and broadens their vision. The WUD has plans of signing multiple MoUs with top-ranked educational institutions worldwide to facilitate a constant exchange of scholars, students, research topics on every subject. Academics make study visits and participate in immersion programmes at these institutions and organisations on a periodic or short term basis to hone their expertise and skills.
Some MOUs that have already signed and carry out exchanges list as follows.
Oxford Brookes University ranks among the world’s top institutions in 15 individual subject areas, including art and design.
The University of Huddersfield is a gold-rated University by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), United Kingdom.
The University of the West of Scotland ranks among the top 3% of institutes globally in the 2018 Times World Rankings.
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Emily Carr University, one of Canada’s top-ranked design university at the 9th position in the world by the 2015 Red Dot Design Awards, ranks in the “top ten Design Universities in the Americas and Europe”.
Vancouver Film School is Canada’s Premier Entertainment Arts School and a renowned world leader in entertainment arts education with internationally known alumni.
The College for Creative Studies, Michigan, USA, was founded in 1906. The College for Creative Studies (CCS), a fully accredited private college, enrols more than 1,400 students, pursuing Bachelors and Masters degrees in Interaction Design, Color and Materials Design, Integrated Design, Entertainment Arts, Transportation Design, Advertising Design, Art Education, Crafts, Graphic Design, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Product Design, and Photography.
ENSAIT or École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textile is a 130-year-old institute considered the leading textile trainer behind educating 75% of all Masters candidates in textile in France.
Apart from exchanges, the WUD also invites professors of design worldwide to come and teach at WUD. Solely in the last year, Prof. Mark Watson from RMIT Australia and Prof. Joel Peterson from Swedish College of Textiles held workshops of up to two weeks at WUD.
WUD provides air-conditioned, spacious, wifi equipped, semi-furnished hostel rooms with attached baths for girls in-campus and boys off-campus. Construction of a new hostel is underway on campus, which will become available for boys soon.
The hostel’s kitchen has been designed by Master Chef Shaju Zacharia and is regulated by well known institutional caterers. The nutritious, hygienically produced, and tasty meals serve staff and students alike. It also offers a separate laundry service and wifi-enabled hostels. A tuck shop takes care of daily necessities. Facilities also include a primary health care unit, including a full-time nurse and a doctor on call.
Social and Cultural Activities
The WUD acknowledges diversity in the origin of its members and the importance of cultural and social activities in enhancing communication skills, improving the personality, and building a progressive, positive global outlook. It encourages its students to participate actively in various activity clubs like Reading Club, Sports Club, Film Club, Performing Arts Club, etc. and organise literary, cultural and social events such as sports meeting, annual fest, etc. to develop stronger bonds and to showcase their latent talent in these activities.
The WUD annual fest, named CULT, attracted participation from various colleges in Haryana, Delhi NCR, Himachal Pradesh, UP etc. The WUD teams also participate in festivities of other institutes and independent competitions.
Many outdoor and indoor sporting opportunities are available to students at WUD. There are facilities for Basket Ball, Soccer, Cricket, Badminton, Table Tennis, Carrom and Chess. A Gymnasium with cardio, free weights, resistance training equipment and stretching, is also available. The WUD has a 1000 capacity open-air theatre and many smaller venues to host and hold cultural performances.
WUD invites renowned personalities from various fields to share their expertise and knowledge with students. Eminent scholars visiting the campus include Prof. Osmud Rehman, Ryerson University; Prof. AG Krishna Menon, INTACH; Prof. Paul Inman, Oxford Brookes University; Prof. Elizabeth Rose, University of Otago; etc.
Library and Material Museum
The WUD maintains a library endowed with physical and soft copies of journals, books and magazines from all areas. The Material Museum is a facility of building materials, fittings, surfaces, plumbing etc., to provide a real-time touch and feel skill.
Workshops are where ideas take a tangible form. One of its prime focus is “learning by doing”, and the World University of Design maintains high standard workshops for facilitating the work of each of the schools. Architecture and Interior students will have a Model Making workshop and CAD rooms. Aspiring product designers will find a fully functional Machine shop with all relevant hand tools and power tools. A Makers-Lab is under process with the latest prototyping tools. Students of Fashion will have a highly equipped Patternmaking, Sewing and Garment Construction workshop. The studios have industry-standard hardware and software like Alias, Rhino, Adobe Creative Cloud, Catia, AutoCAD etc. Workshop assistants guide while operating machines and implement safety practices.
The WUD further has an art gallery on campus for displaying the work of its students and holding curated art shows.
We hope this blog helped you clarify any doubts about the World University of Design facilities.