Partnerships, Associations and Collaborations

AUB is a member of various international organisations and associations.

The relationships we have with international institutions and colleagues are crucial to our ongoing development of globally-oriented projects and collaborations. In addition, through these links we support opportunities for both student mobility and staff exchanges.


International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

Cumulus, recognized by UNESCO, 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 187 members from 46 countries.

The University of Art and Design in Helsinki (UIAH) (currently Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) and the Royal College of Art in London, in co-operation with Danmarks Designskole, Gerrit Rietvelt Academy, Universität Gesamthochschule Essen and Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Wien initiated Cumulus as a network in 1990. They all had a common desire to enhance the quality of education through co-operation, student and teacher exchange within the European Union Erasmusprogramme.

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 continues to build and maintain dynamic and flexible academic fora which 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.

Through competitions, summer schools and exhibitions, Cumulus enhances promotion of the talent of the youth and increases the visibility of their works.

With the potential careers of today students in mind, the first Cumulus Think Tank ‘Designers: Career and Professionalization’ was published in 2010 to provide insights into the role of design and innovation in companies. More Think Tanks are to come.

To stimulate design actions, projects and research leading to a more sustainable society, Cumulus representatives signed the Kyoto Design Declaration in March 2008. To implement the ideals of the Declaration, the Cumulus Green award was established. Cumulus Green is an international award focused on cultivating and leading global cultures, societies and industries towards more ecological and responsible solutions.



The European League of Institutes of the Arts

ELIA represents approximately 350 Higher Arts Education Institutes training artists at a professional level coming from all disciplines in the Arts (Fine Art, Design, Theatre, Music, Dance, Media Arts, Architecture) and from 47 countries.

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European Association for Architectural Education

The EAAE is an international non-profit association committed to the exchange of ideas and people within the field of architectural education and research. The EAAE aims at improving the knowledge base and the quality of architectural and urban design education. It is a bi-lingual English/French association. ??Founded in 1975, the EAAE has grown in stature to become an institution fulfilling an increasingly essential role in providing a European perspective for the work of architectural educationalists as well as concerned governmental agencies. ??The EAAE counts more than 140 Active Member Schools in Europe from the Canary Islands to the Urals, representing almost 5.000 tenured faculty members and more than 120.000 students of architecture from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. The EAAE provides the framework whereby its members can find information on other schools, and addresses a variety of important issues in conferences, workshops and summer schools. The Association publishes and distributes proceedings. It also grants awards and prizes.



Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision

(International Association of Film and Television Schools)

CILECT was founded in Cannes, France in 1955 at the idea of the two leading figures of the French film school IDHEC (L\’Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques) – Marcel l’Herbier (IDHEC President) and Remy Tessonneau (IDHEC General Director).

CILECT includes over 160 audio-visual educational institutions from 60 countries on all continents with more than 9,000 teachers and staff who annually train more than 55,000 students and communicate with an alumni network of more than 1,830,000. Over 75% of the world’s award-winning and highest box-office film and TV creators are graduates of CILECT member schools.

CILECT is deeply committed to maintaining the highest possible educational standards of audio-visual teaching and learning in its member schools, and to encourage film, television and new media education in countries where it doesn’t exist.

CILECT is fully dedicated to the stimulation of creativity, diversity and individuality. It strives to be a key factor in the contribution to the major cultural and communication processes around the world.

CILECT considers inter-regional collaboration among its members (and close in goals partners) to be its strategic priority. Cross-cultural thinking is the association’s life-long credo and the support of projects that promote the philosophy of sustainable development is of the highest importance.