Canceled: GoGlobal 2020 Design Workshop with English Design Graduate School the Royal College of Art

March 16th-April 3rd, 2020

We regret to inform you that due to the unfolding situation regarding the new corona virus COVID-19, after careful consideration with Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, we have decided to cancel GoGlobal 2020 that is planned as below. We thank all who have joined the event for your commitment, and are sorry to have to make this decision, as well as any inconvenience this may have caused.



A major innovation project will come to Kyushu University.
The Royal College of Art (RCA) is the world’s leading art and design education and research institute*. Its alumni include Sir James Dyson, who pioneered the premium domestic appliances market with his innovative vacuum design, and Tim Brown, the author of “Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation” and CEO of IDEO, the world’s top design consulting firm.
The Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) a program offered by RCA and Imperial College London (ICL), is recognized throughout the world as outstanding innovation education. RCA’s on-campus accelerator Innovation RCA has received the Accelerator of the Year award from angel investment association UKBAA. Many entrepreneurs have come forth from the IDE program to Innovation RCA.
IDE Go Global is an educational module that can be called the flagship within the IDE program, and its substance has had a significant impact on participating students. Every year over the course of three weeks, they collaborate with different education and research institutions around the world and undertake innovation aimed at solving major issues locally.
Students from a wide range of fields, such as Kyushu University’s QREC and the Faculty of Design, will team up with students gathered from England and work together over three weeks on practical content ranging from expert talks, fieldwork, interviews, prototyping, to presentations.
Besides Japan, Go Global has so far been held in various countries, including Singapore, Thailand, Russia, India, and China. The theme for 2020 is “water”. Dividing this into sub-themes such as the relationship between living things and people, sustainability, and flood damage, we will primarily grapple with issues that will affect Kyushu in the future.
RCA and ICL, as well as guest lecturers, will bring forth new ideas with stimulating talks and as well as by giving advice.


Water World


Week 1: March 16 – 22   Arranged field visits and talk input
Week 2: March 23 – 29   Autonomous research and group work by the teams
Week 3: March 30 – April 3   Prototyping and final proposals for the presentation of the results on the last day


Tim Corvin
Senior visiting lecturer of the IDE program and founding director of the RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab.
Having developed a career as an innovation & design consultant for global manufacturers of consumer products, he returned to his alma mater the RCA five years ago, where he took up a post to create a new course (Global Innovation Design and Innovation.) He is involved in knowledge exchanges such as industry-academia collaborations and server as project leader for IDE GoGlobal Chile and Singapore.


Bjorn Sommer Ph.d.
Doctor in bio informatics, RCA IDE program research tutor and Year 1 Masters Lead.
His research interests include computer science, immersion (virtual reality), and visual analytics for design. He primarily works on the organization of the IDE program, student guidance, research in related fields, and as the leader of the GoGlobal program.


Organizer: Kyushu University Kyushu Institute of Design
Co-host: Kyushu University Robert Huang / Entrepreneurship Center (QREC)


March 16th-April 3rd, 2020, a.m.10:00-p.m.18:00


Kyushu University Ohashi Campus

4-9-1 Shiobaru Minami-ku Fukuoka Japan


The students of Kyushu University


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Actual results


QS Ranking 2017-2020 (Art & Design field), Asia region-Japan: Ranked #1


Number of collaborative research results:44


Percentage of international students: 20%