In the year of 2016, the representatives who attended the Second Oriental Design Forum in SJTU reached a resolution that there should be a regular meeting for the institute and scholars that are interested in academic design issues. It would be the best occasion for them to discuss design related issues. As the initiators are from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Berlin University of the Arts, University of Glasgow, Nagoya City University, Nanyang Technological University, Tongji University, Bauhaus-Universitaet Weimar, Donghua University, Chonbuk National University. As there are a total of 9 universities, the union is named “D9” Union (D stands for Design). The establishment of this union was recorded into “The Develop Scheme: Shanghai Jiao Tong University Creative Design Discipline being, the World First Class Discipline.” in 2017. After that, universities such as Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Shandong University, Shanghai University, Soochow University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Southeast University, Hanyang University, Chiba University all entered this union through the Oriental Design Forum. To this date, the initial “9” is now considered as “many”. On the date of 21st September in 2019, in the 5th Oriental Forum and the 2019 International Symposium on Orient Design, here the representatives declare the “D9” Union Shanghai Declaration”. Design scholars from every corner of the world should come to work together, contribute to the acknowledgement, development and future mission of design discipline. We should work on the design trend, explore design science and make design the motivation of human society development so as to devote for our better life!
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