Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Last updated on فبراير 27, 2020

AUC is Now a Member of Global Design Thinking Alliance 

The Global Design Thinking Alliance extends its network. On the occasion of the annual conference at Hasso Plattner Institute, New York, the GDTA welcomed five new member institutions: The American University in Cairo, Echos Innovation Lab, Penn State University, Tecnológico de Monterrey and Universidad Mayor. The Global Design Thinking Alliance is a network of institutions, including the Hasso Plattner Institute, London School of Economics, Penn State University, University of British Columbia, the University of Cape Town, among other prestigious institutions. This worldwide network of institutions promotes excellence in Design Thinking education and research


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CLT Goal

CLT's goal is to integrate design thinking into the curriculum across disciplines to develop students’ creative and entrepreneurial thinking skills. We aim at establishing and maintaining an institutional structure that promotes experiential learning and supports design thinking education and implementation as the underlying framework for innovation and cross-disciplinary collaboration across the University.

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a human-centered problem-solving approach that is practiced by fortune 500 companies, universities, governments, and NGOs across the world to identify hidden opportunities and design user-centered innovative products, services, businesses, governance, and social solutions for tomorrow.
A key to the success of Design Thinking is its multidisciplinary team-based approach. It follows an intentional and iterative process to discover the day-to-day unmet needs and unarticulated aspirations of users, and develop solutions that balance user desirability, technical and structural feasibility and economic viability of proposed solutions.
Design Thinking relies on a culture of collaborative innovation, a key pillar in AUC's Strategic Plan moving forward. The anticipated value of this opportunity to our departments, service centers, programs, staff, and students is eminent and of high impact while moving forward with the University's strategic direction towards innovation and quality of education.



CLT Design Thinking

Previous Design Thinking Events at CLT


Borderless Design: Collaboratively designing creative solutions to our challenges

Friday, March 29, 2019

This daylong workshop, facilitated by AUC’s Center for Learning and Teaching, aims to connect AMICAL colleagues in building creative solutions to common challenges using Design Thinking. This workshop builds on the spirit of AMICAL 2018 Teaching and Learning Innovation Exchange event bringing members together in a collaborative environment.


Goals of this workshop

The workshop has the following goals:

  • Identify challenges within and across AMICAL member institutions, focusing on AMICAL’s grant-funded goals or areas of CLT expertise:

    • Localized and collaborative forms of digital liberal arts

    • Information and digital literacies

    • Innovative and effective library and technology leadership

    • Faculty development

  • Unpack/analyze challenges across institutions and roles in order to recognize views of impacted stakeholders

  • Design and document creative solutions (in multifunctional and inter-institutional teams) which can be implemented or applied in future

  • Result in initiatives and projects within a single institution or across multiple institutions, AMICAL projects, creation of AMICAL Interest Groups, or other concrete actions that can be taken in the coming year after AMICAL 2019


Research and Creativity Convention 2019 Design Thinking Teaser

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - Sunday, April 7, 2019

AUC Research and Creativity Convention is a collective event that brings together diverse research, design, entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity activities that have demonstrated growth and success over the years. Its aim is to enhance knowledge-sharing, interdisciplinary research collaboration, and projects of community or economic value. It is an event that highlights AUC’s strategic priorities, strengthens research capacity, invigorates campus creativity and explores critical regional and global issues.

AUC faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate, showcase and share the outcomes of original research and creativity in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, business, and the arts. They demonstrate the breadth and depth of the institution’s research mission. The AUC Research and Creativity Convention is a celebration of excellence in university research, entrepreneurship, and creative achievement.

This hands-on design thinking event is designed to introduce you to this creative approach to problem-solving, where you will learn the tools, mindsets, and frameworks of design thinking. What is unique about design thinking is the process that places the user at the center of the design canvas, and only through a deep understanding of the user’s needs, fears and aspirations that designers are able to create insight-driven innovations tailored to the user needs.


Design Thinking for Educators Fellowship

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Thursday, January 24, 2019

As AUC approaches its Centennial, the Center for Learning and Teaching, with the support of the Office of the Associate Provost for Research, Creativity and Innovation, is collaborating with the Hasso-Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking (HPI) to offer an immersive year-long program for educators as design thinking coaches and innovation enablers. The selected cohort is expected to integrate this innovative approach to problem-solving into the curriculum to foster real-life experiential learning experience for students. This initiative is in line with the Quality of Education and Innovation Pillars in the Centennial AUC Strategic Plan.

The selected cohort will receive design thinking training, coaches training and academic integration training and consultations throughout the duration of the fellowship. Upon completion, participants will receive a Design Thinking Coach and Educator certificate from AUC, and a certificate of participation from HPI-AUC events attended.

The fellowship program will launch with a Design Thinking for Educators Bootcamp, from January 22-24, 2019. This three-day experience provides educators with an in-depth introduction to Design Thinking and how it can be used to engage students in projects and assignments that foster engagement, innovation and creativity. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience a Design Thinking Challenge “Re-imagine the Future of Higher Education” (Day 1 and 2)

  • Practice facilitating part of the Design Thinking Process (Day 3)

  • Review and work with AUC and other Open Design Thinking materials from HPI and IDEO and Stanford School of Design Thinking (Days 1-3)

  • Participate in conversations about implementing Design Thinking in courses within a network with like-minded educators (Day 3)



Summer 2018 Bootcamp

During the first week of July 2018, a cohort of 24 AUC faculty members, staff members and graduate students, representing the entire AUC community, took part in a Design Thinking Bootcamp, designed and facilitated by the Hasso-Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking (HPI), in collaboration with design thinking experts at CLT, AUC.

The cohort spent four days in an immersive experience, learning and practicing the tools, mindsets and frameworks of design thinking. During the Bootcamp, participants got a chance to apply this user-centered innovation framework to solve a real-life design challenge, in collaboration with our industry partner, Valeo. Four multidisciplinary teams were tasked to design the future automated delivery experience in the age of smart mobility.  

We invite you to explore the highlights of our first global design thinking week in this video.