Ministero della pubblica istruzioneAfam

Erasmus policy statement

For many years the Florence ISIA has been following a strategy of internationalization that aims, for the benefit of the students, to project the institution into a wider dimension as regards taking care of relations and a regular redefinition of critical reflections on the subject of design. The prime objective in the ISIA strategy is to affirm its philosophy regarding the importance of the part that design can play in contemporary culture in the directions of sustainability and solidarity. The main theme, therefore, of the internationalization strategy, as interpreted here, is linked directly to considering design as a means of development and not simply as a discipline connected solely to the ornamental or decorative arts, as many other educational institutions unfortunately consider it, even today. At the end of 2012 moreover the European Commission itself prepared a document of policy, known as Design for Growth and Prosperity, through the European Design Leadership Board, identifying this discipline as being one of the principal instruments that can help the development of the Union in the next seven years. ISIA can in this sense boast a long experience as a generator of economic development projects through Design. As an example, we would like to mention the transversal project of collaboration between the countries of Uruguay and Argentina that has led to the building of new schools and courses in Design in those countries, as well as creating several industrial spin-offs that are still operating. This strategy is developed today through an extensive network of relationships on European and international levels: on the one hand ISIA is a partner in some of the largest networks of educational reality in the field of art and design in the world and Europe - the CUMULUS International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media and ELIA, the European League of Institutes of the Arts – and, on the other, ISIA promotes and sustains bilateral agreements with individual educational, professional or industrial entities.
ISIA intends to make the most of its long-term exchange relationship with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design of Minneapolis, MN, USA, in order to create relationships and partnerships with other American educational institutions and professional studios and companies operating in the field of design, communications and the new media. In this regard, one of the ISIA teachers, invited in the sphere of the Eisenhower Fellowship, was able to make a series of strategic meetings at some of the major institutions of education and research in the United States, with the aim of building up various forms of cooperation.
The medium and long-term objectives that ISIA wishes to carry out are:
- to quantitatively and qualitatively increase the number of international relations in order to give the students in mobility the possibility of choosing qualified educational institutions that share the general direction of development consistent with ISIA’s educational philosophy;
- to make placement mobility more structured and systematic and open channels of dialogue with individual companies and above all involve the professional associations, thus increasing its number of industrial partners and ensuring the quality of the placement experiences;
- to set up mobility programmes among the teaching and non-teaching staff in order to cross-breed educational opportunities through contact with training experiences based on different approaches and to re-qualify the professional skills of the staff in a lifelong learning perspective;
- to increase project development skills in relation to EU funding and that specifically regard the relationship between higher education and business, considered a key channel for identifying design as an essential drive for development.
On the basis of its previous experience, the Florence ISIA mainly intends to invest in relations with the geographical areas around the Mediterranean, as they represent the real frontier of the future in terms of European integration, economic development and the patrimonial assets of the huge cultural potential existing in this area, which has not been sufficiently developed up until now.
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