Amina Al Rustamani named president of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation

Dr. Amina Al Rustamani

Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, group CEO of TECOM Group has been appointed as president of the newly announced Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), the first design university in the Middle East region.

DIDI board members.

The board of directors have also been announced, including Ali BuRuhaima, deputy director general of Dubai Creative Cluster Authority; Ali Jaber, Group TV director at MBC; Nisha Jagtiani, director at Landmark Group; Ghassan Harfouche, CEO of MCN and Silvo Scaglia, chairman at Pacific Global Management Group.

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The school will be designed by Foster + Partners, who is also set to design the Dubai Design District’s Creative Community where DIDI will be located.

DIDI’s curriculum will be jointly developed with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Parsons. It will offer the region’s first Bachelor of Design degree with cross concentrations in product design, strategic design management, visual arts, media and fashion design.

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The first intake of students is planned for Fall 2018.

“Having championed the launch and driven the growth of d3, I’m looking forward to dedicating myself even further to nurturing the next generation of young talents and the development of design in the region through DIDI,” said Dr Al Rustamani.

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 “Our youth form the backbone of the UAE’s economic diversification ambitions, and DIDI will tend to their creative curiosity and nurture their talent; ultimately ensuring the long-term commercial viability and sustainability of the regional design industry, and its contribution to our economy.”

 

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