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Delivering university executive education courses on design thinking

Victoria University of Wellington

We created and deliver Design Thinking Executive Education courses for public and private sector employees with little design awareness and capability.

Victoria University of Wellington, Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui, the number one university in New Zealand for research. It has a tradition of fostering strong global links in teaching and research and programmes of national significance and international quality.

In early 2015, Victoria University School of Design approached Empathy to joint venture in a Design Thinking Executive Education course, primarily for public sector employees.

Empathy designed three courses to step participants through initial awareness of design thinking to mastery. The initial one day course centres around the design mindset, enabling participants to return to work and integrate design thinking into their working day without having to worry about the buy-in from others.

Design Thinking for business (the second course), takes participants through the process and key methods, giving them the ability to run their own projects. The final course is a set of masterclasses where participants delve into a moment in the process in more detail.

The courses have be a hit in Wellington with every course being a sellout and has participants booked well in advance.