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Design projects to enlighten society

Design projects to enlighten society
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Christian Gellerin, Executive Director of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique has just had the visa for its Master’s degree renewed by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research for another five years. We must thank all those who were involved in putting together this dossier - it was a painstaking but extremely rewarding task which reflects the quality of our teaching and the organization in place. The Haut Conseil pour l’Evaluation de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement supérieur (the French evaluation agency for research and higher education, or HCERES)who audited our dossier submitted a very positive report to our institution. The Conseil national de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (the French National Council of Higher Education and Research, or CNESER) did likewise. It is an enormous achievement for the staff, teachers and all those (academic or administrative) who are responsible for the students and apprentices. A good job all round! Congratulations.

Once again, the school has set itself apart and continues building on its success. Despite delays in the "Ile de Nantes” project – which we hope will not lead to a referendum – we continue to work on new courses, new modules and new options. And opportunities are always at their greatest in times of upheaval in the economic, sociological or ecological context. Then there is digital technology which is taking the world by storm, flooding every domain be it technical, economic and societal.

But none of that makes any sense without the students’ tremendous contribution, their creativity, resourcefulness and entrepreneurship. L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is the sum of 1300 students who put in a huge amount of work to innovate and build tomorrow’s society. The recent exhibitions of student work and gratifying results in several international competitions demonstrate the relevance and quality of their work. There is no doubt that this work will enlighten the companies that recruit them but also society in general, which badly needs to review all its models.