LINKING CULTURES

AN ONLINE EXCHANGE PROGRAM BETWEEN STUDENTS AND

LECTURERS FROM THE ARABIC WORLD (NORTH AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST) AND EUROPE.

For centuries, a very important and constructive exchange took place between the Arab World and Europe. The cultures, on both sides of the Mediterranean, are built on similar, partly common grounds. In the current political situation, the relations between the Arab World and Europe are critical. A constructive dialog between these countries is important to foster mutual understanding and to reduce prejudice. In particular, the exchange between students and the joint collaboration of economic, social, and cultural topics across linguistic, social and religious boundaries is intended to generate experiences that enable a constructive, productive coexistence. To achieve this, an active dialogue is necessary, especially between young people which are studying in similar areas. 

THE PROJECT

In spring 2020, the idea arose to promote a cooperation between different design and art schools from North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. During the winter semester, six institutions from five countries presented their curricula to each other and jointly planned a project and a lecture series for the spring semester 2021. 

THE PARTNERS 
American University of Beirut, AUB 
American University in Cairo, AUC 
Berlin University of the Arts, UdK 
École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech, ESAV 
Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK 
Haute école d'art et de design Geneva, HEAD

 

Here below the individual schools present their study programs and their didactic orientation: