MEDIA RELEASE: Design education must adapt as industry demand for design grows

Nov 1, 2018

 300 educators and designers discuss the future of design education

at inaugural Design Education Summit


Singapore, 1 November 2018 – The inaugural two-day Design Education Summit, (1 to 2 November 2018) was launched by Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Communications and Information this morning at the Parkroyal on Beach Road hotel. The summit, organised by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design’s SUTD-MIT International Design Centre (IDC), is the first in Singapore to focus on design education.

In his speech, Minister Iswaran talked about how "In today’s highly competitive economic landscape, design has emerged as a key driver of innovation and growth - it helps companies reinvent their core businesses, unlock new opportunities and discover new revenue streams. More companies, across the entire spectrum of the economy, have integrated Design into their business strategies and to help with organisational transformation".

Minister Iswaran also highlighted how design education must therefore adapt in tandem to the changing role of a designer. He stressed the importance of multi-disciplinary skills that are needed to tackle more complex challenges in future. He mentioned "Over the years, DesignSingapore Council has ensured that design 2 talent development remains a key priority, through scholarships and study awards that develop and upskill our manpower for the growing needs of the sector".

The two-day summit, Minister Iswaran hoped, would inspire educators to equip students with the rights tools and skills for the future work force. He urged private sector practitioners in the audience to help prepare the next generation of designers by becoming more involved in design education.

Presentations and panel discussions involving industry speakers on the first day will give a comprehensive view of how design is being increasingly used in business as a strategy and transformation tool. On the second day, schools leading in design innovation will share how they have embedded design into their curricula and the results of such an approach. Workshops on both days will bring the 300 participants from design and education sectors together to discuss the issues facing design education; the evolving demand of skills for a digital economy; and ways that educators can better prepare the next generation for the future.
















Robin Kong

Juliet Lim


Assistant Director, Communications

& International Relations

Deputy Director, Communications

& International Relations


DesignSingapore Council

DesignSingapore Council


D +65 6837 9330


D +65 6837 9869



Melissa Koh


Marketing & Communications

Singapore University of




Technology and Design




D +65 6499 8742





Written on : 01 Nov 2018

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