This program was designed to collaborate with two other partners, in Paris at Institut Français de la Mode, and at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Students from these schools become our students’ colleagues and they form one big cohort. That’s a very rich resource to take back with you when you return to your job full time, people who’ve been performing different functions in the apparel industry all around the world.
Our students come away with an extraordinary network because they’re linked in with colleagues on three continents, and that’s expanded by the fact that within the New York cohort there are students from as many as eight different countries. The three-continent program also gives students who have worked in one area for a good part of their careers a glimpse of what’s happening globally, and keeps them current with industry developments. In Hong Kong, for example, they learn the latest research in body scanning. This is still a new way of fitting apparel, and a good deal of research has been done at Hong Kong Polytechnic.
By going from place to place around the world, we’re able to look beyond our own tunnel vision to see how the apparel industry is run globally.