A high level delegation consisting of four members from the University of Northampton (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) visited the Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Noida on February 19, 2019.
The delegation consisted of Ms. Kate Williams, Dy. Dean, Ms. Chris Hill, Programme Leader for Footwear, Ms. Vicky Dean, Principal Lecturer, Subject Leader-Fashion and Foundation Study Framework and Mr. Puneet Malhotra, Head South Asia.
The delegation met Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director (MD), FDDI and Mr. Adarsh Kumar, Executive Director (ED), FDDI and had a long discussion.
The objective of the visit of the delegation was to formulize the intervention plan as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two institutions for fueling mutual growth.
An MoU was signed between FDDI, India and UoN, UK on 7th February 2018 for mutual cooperation and support in the area of education, research, students and faculty exchange as well as design and development of joint programs/projects/research and publications which opens new vistas for cooperation between both the countries that also paves way for greater cooperation meeting mutual needs.
Whereas FDDI, India - an ‘Institution of National Importance’ (INI) as per FDDI Act, 2017 is among one of the few Institutions (University of Northampton-UK, DE Montfort University-UK & Thomas Bata University-Zlin) in the world providing higher education in the niche area of Footwear and Leather Products Design, Manufacturing and Management the University of Northampton, UK is divided into six schools: Arts; Science and Technology (formerly Applied Sciences); Education; Health; Business and Social Sciences which conducts courses on two campuses close to Northampton town centre namely, Avenue Campus & Park Campus.
The delegation discussed in length about the curriculum development process of the Institute, methodologies of promoting training programs among the industry and services offered by FDDI, shared experience of FDDI with regards to linkages with higher institutions, research institutions and the private sector etc.
Besides this, the methodology for ‘Course Mapping’, possibilities of offering ‘Collaborative Programmes’ to the students and ‘Faculty & Student Exchange Programme’ which also included the issue of financial implications & legalities involved in exchange, was discussed in detail.
The delegates also interacted with the staff and faculty members over various issues where the programmes conducted by FDDI and its unique features and benefits were briefed to them.
Post-INI, in line with Institute’s mandate of holistic development, the curriculum of FDDI has been upgraded based on the Academic & Industry inputs. The focus has been to train the youth to be the leaders of tomorrow with apt skills, deep rooted sense of social responsibility, strong ethical values and with a global outlook to face the challenges of Footwear and Allied Product Industries not only in India but across the globe.