A new pedagogical initiative by Pearl Academy engaging international students through a rich learning experience in India
The School of Creative Business from Pearl Academy hosted 40 International students from LDT Nagold University, Germany, at its Delhi and Jaipur campus. This industry led and real time project based exchange program commenced from Delhi where these students were taken to many visits, workshops and interactive sessions with the experts like Pearl Global factory, Li & Fung Corporate Office, Moda Cocktail export house and the likes.
Followed by the visit to our Kukas based campus where students learnt various colourful art and crafts of Rajasthan under the guidance of expert Pearl mentors and local artisans. During the workshops, the international students delved deeper and explored the traditional art in textile and jewelry of Jaipur region of Rajasthan. Pearl faculty and local artisans, who are the mentors to these students, taught them the intricate processes of crafts such as Lahriya, Bandhej, Gotta Patti, Dabu print of Bagru, Patwa Kaam, Kundan Meena, Wire Inlay, Lac, Stone Work, Leather Work, et al.
Dr. Veena Dutta, Director, Pearl Academy-Jaipur Campus, said, “Pearl Academy is a part of Laureate International Universities (LIU) network which has more than 80 campus-based and online institutions in 29 countries. We collaborate with our fellow institutions globally to provide international exposure to our students and vice-versa in terms of knowledge sharing, education practices and cultural/student/faculty exchange. The students from LDT are a part of such initiatives and we shall be witnessing more international students visiting our campus in the future to come.”
Clamens, one of the German students said that, “The workshops here at the Academy are more structured and clearer which allows you to learn better from the mentors, practice the methods right after seeing those and take home the beautiful learning that you will never forget. Today, I was a part of Tie-and Die workshop which I knew already, however, not to that extent. It was a wonderful experience to be a part of it and know it better as well as first hand.”
“It feels so nice to know that we will be taking home all the pieces that we will be working on here. I am really excited that I am learning so many things and I will be showing my work to everybody back at home and my school in Germany.” said Karen, another student from LDT at Pearl’s campus.
The students also got to visit Princess Diya Kumari Foundation Society (NGO), People of Bagru Industry, Ankohi Museum and Karigar Khana to gain insights on the rich culture and heritage of Jaipur city.
At the end of the workshop these international students got the chance to showcase their finished products in the category of Fashion and Jewellery.