Massey University’s School of Design, based in Wellington, has recently been ranked number one within the Asia-Pacific region by global design award agency Red Dot.
It’s a rapid rise for the school, which is part of Massey’s College of Creative Arts: five years ago the school was placed 11th in the same rankings.
The latest ranking confirms Massey’s School of Design as a leader in teaching design with further evidence provided by the 12 Red Dots awarded to staff and students at a gala function in Singapore on 18 October.
An internationally recognised quality label for excellent design, Red Dot recipients are selected by expert juries in the areas of product design, communication design and design concepts. The ranking is determined through tracking and measuring the success of universities in producing exciting new concepts over the previous five years.
The ranking saw Massey’s School of Design outclass similar institutions across the Asia-Pacific including in Australia, China, Japan and Singapore.
College of Creative Arts Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Robinson says the ranking is verification of the University’s excellence in design. “This is a massive achievement for the institution and the individual designers who have showcased their creativity, innovation and designs on the international stage,” Professor Robinson says.