Aalto Ambassador attends Beyond Change: Questioning the role of design in times of global transformations – Swiss Design Network – Research summit March 8-10, 2018

Day 1: Designers re-designing design during the workshop Breaking Ground: Laying a Foundation for an Intersectional Collaboration.

Day 1: Designers re-designing design during the workshop Breaking Ground: Laying a Foundation for an Intersectional Collaboration.

Beyond Change: Questioning the role of design in times of global transformations, was hosted from March 8-11 at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. The conference brought together researchers, designers, student ambassadors, activists, feminists, environmentalists, writers, educators etc. The research summit’s aim was to shine a critical light on the complex interconnections of design – also as a response to the tendency of seeing global crisis as a worldwide design competition. The venue was a space for dialogue and for exchanging ideas. It offered me many opportunities to connect with people who intersect the design hub in a similar and critical way. Through workshops, keynote lectures, conversations, I connected with inspiring people from around the world, discovering professionals who are working towards fostering support, community and solidarity within and beyond the design community.

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Spreading the word about Aalto University in Costa Rica

During my visit to my home country, I had the pleasure to introduce Aalto University’s master’s programmes to several students from Veritas University in San Jose, Costa Rica. My aim was to raise interest about Aalto’s study opportunities and build a stronger collaboration between the two countries as a student ambassador of the MA programme in Creative Sustainability.

National Theatre, San Jose, Costa Rica

National Theatre, San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and Finland are two very different countries. Yes, I’m sure you might be thinking about one having warmer temperatures than the other, but the truth is that they both share something in common: nature. By building on this similarity, I then introduced Finland and the master’s programmes of Aalto University to all the students. I wanted from the very start to literally “break the ice” and the fear of experiencing a cold country. As I once heard in Finland, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing”.

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Building Interest for Aalto University in Taos, New Mexico

New Mexico
During my Christmas holiday, my family and I spent a month in the sparsely populated ‘city’ of Taos in New Mexico, USA. As an Aalto Ambassador seeking prospective American students, my aim is to recruit interested parties from all regions I visit for both business and leisure purposes. As a result of this, I am able to attract talent from parts of the country that would otherwise go overlooked.

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My visit to to Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in China

It is not the first time that Aalto University makes connections with this one of the three oldest art colleges in China – Hubei Institute of Fine Arts(HIFA). In 2015, there was visiting professors giving lectures and organizing workshops at HIFA.

However, students and teachers from HIFA had a chance to get to know Aalto from a fresh and different perspective – a presentation given by Aalto Student Ambassador who come from current students at Aalto, me Yuzhou Wang.

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Babi, reporting from Tokyo …

Everything happened very fast. One day I was opening my mailbox and reading the message from Saara and Katri that I was nominated as one of the Aalto Ambassadors and in, what it felt like less then a week, I was sitting in the train, looking through the window and arriving at the crazy massive city of Tokyo. Since my departure from my exchange time in Tokyo in February of this year, I wanted to come back, but it didn’t cross my mind that it would be still in the same year. The feeling was amazing! Plus, I was filled with the thrill of being entrusted with the task of representing Aalto students. I was carrying my ‘thematic’ bag and heading to Tama Art University (my exchange university) and Sokei Academy of Fine Art & Design.

My ‘thematic’ suitcase

Packing

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