International network

ADU Ambassadors

We believe that it is a common interest and need of Design Institutes to cooperate and exchange experiences. In order to facilitate common activities, we propose a “mainstream” network between people we know, and esteem. Design Networks go further than only student exchange programs. Common interests in Research which lead to Funded Projects, exchange of teaching experiences, sharing of publications, peer reviewing, and Conference Activities are just some of the possible topics that a strong Network can easily manage. 

To do so, we thought to introduce the idea of the “Ambassador, who is also representative of ADU at their home institution. The idea is to give priority to our Ambassadors to involve them in projects, Conferences, Calls etc.  


Cumulus is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 340 members from 61 countries.  

Founded in 1990, the network was transferred to Cumulus Association in 2001. Cumulus was a pioneer in developing jointly organised MA-programmes, intensive workshops, projects and biannual conferences. These actions were followed by the publication of Cumulus working papers documenting discussions and sessions of each conference and by the development of tools and guides helping students, professors and administrative staff in internationalization. 

Cumulus still aims at building and maintaining a dynamic and flexible academic forum which would bring together top level educational institutions from all parts of the world. Cumulus collaborates not only with institutions and organizations from the field of art, design and media; the encouragement of co-operation with industry and business is important as well. 

The Advanced Design Unit has been actively participating in the network since 2019.


The Network for the Development of Design Processes is an informal group of researchers and university professors who study and operate in the particular field of design known as design processes. It is a group of people who benefit (and self - financing their activities) from regularly meeting by person in a Forum, in order to debate and discuss their studies and their experiences. The Forum is thought as a “thematic” conference and takes place in, and thankto, a “university-member” of the Network. 

Latin Network events:   

  • 2008: The foundation of the Latin Network and the writing of the Cultural Program / Manifesto called the “Carta di Torino” (Turin, Italy) 
  • 2009: Escola de Design of Unisinos (Porto Alegre, Brazil), title: Design Cultures as Models of Biodiversity 
  • 2010Universidade de Aveiro, (Aveiro, Portogaltitle: Design, art, craft: cross-fertilizations and experiences. 
  • 2011: Politecnico di Torino, (Turin, Italy), title: Innovation in Design Education 
  • 2012: UEMG (Belo HorizonteBrazil), during the Brazilian Design Biennal, title: Diversity: Design/Humanities 
  • 2014: TEC Monterrey, campus Guadalajara (Mexico), title Advanced Design Cultures  
  • 2016: Universidad Tecnica de Valencia (Valencia, Spain), title Systems & Design  
  • 2019: Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Palmira, Colombia) title: Design & Territory, Emerging Scenarios and Conflict 
  • 2022: Università di Bologna (Bologna, Italy), title: Disrupting Geographies in the Design World

University of the Republic of San Marino

The courses in Design of the University of the Republic of San Marino have been organized since the Academic Year 2017/2018 in collaboration with the Advanced Design Unit of the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, giving to the Students of San Marino the double degree (San Marino – Italy).