FCAD announces FCAD London as a hub for its international development in the UK
FCAD, The Faculty of Communication and Design announces FCAD London, as a new initiative to build a major hub of activities in the heart of London for transatlantic education and innovation in the creative industries. Working in collaboration with some of Ryerson’s London-based partners, FCAD will expand its global engagement in research, student experience and cultural innovation.
Charles Falzon, Dean of FCAD announces the initiative as, “A network of partners and industry leaders that will support the Faculty’s international strategy.”
“The FCAD London initiative is the latest in a number of outstanding global partnerships for Ryerson University and one more step on the way to making Ryerson a truly global institution,” said President Mohamed Lachemi. “In an increasingly global economy, it is essential that we expand engagement with international organizations to create exceptional opportunities for our students and faculty.”
This strategy includes a variety of international education initiatives with University Arts London in the area of design, including a plan to develop a global Master’s of Design. With London South Bank University (LSBU), FCAD will partner on the Global Creative Impact Supercourse, to provide students from both institutions the opportunity to collaborate on curricular-based transatlantic projects. FCAD and LSBU will also provide opportunities for bilateral linkages for innovation and startups through Ryerson’s Learning Zones and LSBU’s Clarence Centre.
“London is an important creative centre for the growth of UK/Canada educational relations and we are looking to ensure our students and thought leaders can be at the cutting edge of these future opportunities by initiating early collaborations with peers in this part of the world,” says Falzon.
FCAD London features the establishment of a new alumni mentorship group that will advise students and faculty members in developing links in the UK. The FCAD London Alumni Mentorship Group will be headed by notable UK-based fashion designer and FCAD alumnus, Todd Lynn.
FCAD sees these exciting initiatives enhancing the number of students and faculty that will engage in UK opportunities and is establishing a special UK development fund with an initial investment of $50,000 which will support student and faculty travel to London. The Faculty is anticipating a large increase of students and faculty members will spend time studying in London next year and that FCAD will attract a similar number to Toronto. All partners are committed to an increase of collaborative faculty research with five research projects currently in development with funding from both countries.