The Social Innovation Design Programme brings exceptional university students from diverse backgrounds internationally to engage in lectures, seminars, workshops, and visits that stimulate meaningful knowledge exchange and explores the potential of design to create transformative social change. This programme brings artists, designers, and engineers together to collaboratively think about and discuss how design thinking and innovation can be applied to tackle social issues and benefit societies. Students will explore and analysis products, services, and systems that are sustainable, intelligent, efficient, and effective. At the end of the programme, students will develop a community-based project prototype and present to a panel of advisers who will help them to refine their project and its engagement with society.
Participants will live and study in University of Oxford colleges and work with leading figures in social innovation across academia, the arts world, and industry. The programme includes visits to the major museums and galleries in London and Oxford and meeting with the curators and directors of these institutions. The programme’s knowledge exchange seminars focus on small group discussions and combines research with design practices to foster critical thinking and interdisciplinary skills.