The Mismatch among Design Education, Research, and Practice: How to Strengthen the Bridge?

By Ana Cristina Dias, Rita Assoreira Almendra and Fernando Moreira da Silva.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Portugal displays a gap between design higher education and the professional practice, namely with companies. There are communication problems as well as a bad evaluation of the skills offered by educational institutions in comparison with those expected by the companies and achieved, in reality, by designers. This poor interaction was reinforced by the recent economic crisis. The research, shared knowledge and, consequently, creative outcomes must be incentivized, overcoming the business deadlock and meeting new challenges. The change starts with education as a preparatory base for boosting innovation. This leads to a fundamental question on which we must reflect: what strategies should be adopted to boost the triangle research-education-practice? As part of a Ph.D. research focused on product design curricula’s adequacy to business challenges, this paper introduces part of the results of the empirical research methodology already applied. Some interviews were done to experts and privileged people from international institutions where it was possible to understand the existence of a co-construction of knowledge culture, through collaborative practices, which contribute to the consolidation of the national economy and competitiveness.

Keywords: Design Education, Knowledge Transfer, Collaborations

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.17-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 766.158KB).

Ana Cristina Dias

Ph.D. Candidate, Research Centre in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Ana Cristina Dias is a Ph.D. Student from FA-ULisbon besides working within the Design Department. Her background is in Industrial Design. She is a researcher of CIAUD and her research focus is on product design curricula’s adequacy to business challenges.

Prof. Rita Assoreira Almendra

Full Professor, Research Centre in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Rita Assoreira Almendra is a Designer and Professor in the Department of Design, Faculty of Architecture at the University of Lisbon. She is the Coordinator of the Schenography graduation Program at the same Faculty.

Dr. Fernando Moreira da Silva

Professor, Research Centre in Architecture, Urban Planning, and Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Fernando Moreira da Silva is a Professor at the University of Lisbon.