Two key topics were discussed at the Summit:
How and why design was critical as a mind-set and skill-set for success and fulfilment in the 21st century, hence its priority in education today;
The challenges and constraints faced by educators in the integration of design into curriculum and accessing performance in design education
During the summit, various speakers shared their opinions on the state of design education. On Day 1, keynote speaker Chan Weixuan, Head of Open Innovation at Procter & Gamble, Singapore, discussed how failure and subsequent innovation creates the foundation for good design. Professor Lucienne Blessing, co-Director of IDC at SUTD, hosted a hands-on experience on Micro Design Innovation Experience and two workshops that gave delegates the opportunity to share experiences and challenges in bringing design to their educational institutions
Other speakers included Chooake Wongwattanasilpa, Managing Director and Head of User Experience and Design at DBS Bank and Dr Pascal Soboll from leading design innovation firm Daylight Design.
Discussions during the second day of Design Education Summit 2018.
On Day 2, keynote speaker Professor Pieter Jan Stappers, Chair of Design Techniques at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, examined the obstacles blocking the injection of design thinking into educational institutions. Cassandra Foo Li Ming, Head of Department, Aesthetics, Cedar Girls’ Secondary School also shared the noteworthy perspective that design thinking changes students’ character when innovating for social good. Nah Hong, Head of Department for Research, Innovation and Design (RID) of Commonwealth Secondary School, Pee Suat Hoon, Project Director and Principal Academic Mentor of Singapore Polytechnic, and Professor Matthew Ward, Head of Design at Goldsmiths College in London, brought attention to schools which are implementing design thinking strategies into their systems.