Aimed at serving the industry, innovation design features its green and low-carbon mode, internet and intelligence, collective sharing and innovation in this era. It is a combination of technology, arts, and innovative service models, covering diverse fields of design such as engineering design, industrial design, service design, and cultural innovation. Being the key to turning technology achievements into real productivity, innovation design is offering firm support to and leading the new industrial revolution.
The International Design Institute (IDI) of Zhejiang University was established in November 2011. We have since been devoted to educating people for innovation design, academic research, and social service, following the lead of our two deans in succession, Prof. Jeu Schouten, and Prof. Bo Liu. IDI is in charge of the construction of Ph.D. programs in Design Science, undergraduate programs in industrial design and product design, as well as graduate programs including Master of Design Science and Master of Engineering in Design. It is also a member of the Zhejiang University State Key Lab of Computer Aided Design and Computer Graphics. IDI is conducting all-round cooperation with Innovation Design Alliance of China and Japan Industrial Designers’ Association (JIDA); we are also developing enterprise-driven innovation design courses and workshops jointly with companies including Alibaba, Apple, Philips, and Canon.
IDI is the social service platform of innovation design in Zhejiang University. It is the construction unit of ZJU-Beidou Aerospace Joint Innovation Design Engineering Center, as well as the Engineering Research Center of Computer Aided Product Innovation Design, Ministry of Education. IDI is also supporting the construction of China Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (Innovation Design Sub Centre). Besides, IDI participates in the planning of and offers support to the construction of Mengqi Town, an industrial design town jointly built by local government Yuhang and China Industrial Design Association.
IDI is the open interdisciplinary platform of innovation design in Zhejiang University. Professors and researchers who gather here to educate talented people and do academic research are with professional backgrounds in multiple fields, such as computer science, architecture design, garden design, biomedical instrument, control science and engineering and mechanical engineering.
IDI provides consulting service for national decision-making authorities. IDI has participated in the Consulting Research of Development Strategies in Innovation Design, and its achievements are now part of the national strategic plan, “Made in China 2015”. IDI was involved in the Consulting Research of Design Competitiveness, and it supported the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on formulating the Three-Year Action for Service-oriented Manufacturing (2016-2018). IDI was a part of the leading group and drafting group of the MIIT Consulting Research of the Innovation Design Action Plan in Manufacturing Industry. IDI has also taken an active part in Strategic Research of the New Generation Artificial Intelligence of China, where its achievements were included in the “National Strategy of the New Generation Artificial Intelligence of China”.
IDI is the international cooperation platform of innovation design in Zhejiang University. Profound and deep collaborations are built between us and other institutes, such as Singapore University of Technology and Design, Chiba University (Japan), Yonsei University (Korea), Carnegie Mellon University (USA), Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands), and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. IDI is the key unit in the partnership between Zhejiang University and Singapore University of Technology and Design, responsible for course development, the Asian Leaders Program (student exchange), joint research, etc. Supported by the Ng Teng Fong Foundation, IDI established the “Innovation, Design, Enterprise Association (IDEA),” which cast light on the innovation design education and research experience of China and Singapore in design and manufacturing, urbanization, sustainable development, so on and so forth. IDI is also a member of the “Collective Action of Mobility Program of University Students in Asia (CAMPUS Asia)”, where IDI works with Tsinghua University, Chiba University, and Yonsei University on the development of various projects, including the design workshop in “Plants and Environmental Innovation”, student exchange programs, course exchange programs, and double degree programs.
研究院是浙江大学创新设计的国际合作平台。与新加坡科技设计大学、日本千叶大学、韩国延世大学、美国卡耐基梅陇大学、荷兰埃因霍温理工大学、香港理工大学等院校深度合作。研究院是浙江大学-新加坡科技设计大学两校合作的承担单位，承担课程开发、亚洲领袖项目（学生交流）、联合科研等活动；并受黄廷方基金支持成立“创新、设计与创业联盟(IDEA)”，聚焦中新两国在设计制造、城市化和可持续发展等领域的创新设计教育和研究。研究院是“亚洲大学学生交流集体行动计划”（Collective Action of Mobility Program of University Students in Asia, CAMPUS Asia），与清华大学、日本千叶大学、韩国延世大学合作进行的“植物与环境创新”领域的设计工作坊、学生交流、课程互换和双学位等项目开发。