Developments in Saudi Arabia

It is an exciting time of change in Saudi Arabia. One of the key changes is the launch in 2016 of the Saudi Vision 2030 which is a comprehensive plan to reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation, and tourism.

A major focus is to increase the employment of women to 30 percent of the workforce. This page reports on an ongoing project which oversaw the development and implementation of an Industrial Design Degree at a women’s only college in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

International Conference on Engineering and product Design Education 2016

My colleague was at the International Conference on Engineering and product Design Education, in Aalborg, Denmark, 2016, and  presented the following paper on the initial phase of our project.

Curriculum in progress: Developing an industrial design programme for female students in Saudi Arabia

Carlos MONTANA-HOYOS, Elke STRACKE, Karin OERLEMANS, Eddi PIANCA, Stephen TRATHEN.
Faculty of Arts and Design, Industrial Design, University of Canberra, Australia.
Faculty of Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics, TESOL, University of Canberra, Australia.

ABSTRACT

This paper discusses an Australian curriculum development project for Industrial Design (ID) female education in a Muslim country. In a first step, we provide background information about key issues relevant for this project, ranging from the interplay of curriculum development, education and culture to specific features of contemporary ID education. We present the findings of a review of current undergraduate ID curricula worldwide, used in the formation of the intended curriculum, with an emphasis on the need to integrate local industry into the curriculum and the educational experience of the female students. Then we report and discuss the implementation of an ID curriculum in two different contexts, Australia and Saudi Arabia. We conclude with a reflection on what we have learnt during the course of this project and possible next steps.

Keywords: curriculum development, female-only education, Industrial Design, Islamic context, Saudi Arabia

Presented at INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION
8 & 9 SEPTEMBER 2016, AALBORG UNIVERSITY, DENMARK

A full copy of the paper is available here (external site)

HERDSA 2017

We presented a further paper on the project at the 2017 HERDSA conference in Sydney.

Exploring career aspirations and pathways for undergraduate design female students in Saudi Arabia

Elke Stracke, University of Canberra; Karin Oerlemans, Kairos Consultancy & Training; Carlos Montana-Hoyos, University of Canberra

You can read more about the paper here.

ID in Saudi Arabia
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