Institutional access for design students

Enabling knowledge exchange for universities over a global platform.

Institutional access is first of its kind platform enabling institutions to have a knowledge exchange for their students where they work on an international design problem listed/hosted on UNI in a synchronous time-frame. This enables participants to draw the international design scene to enter their studios and scale their studio's ideas-philosophy to the global level.

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Why be part of institutional access?

Competitions are challenging. We know how tough things can be when managing both academic courses and competition side by side. Why not bring both together?

World class challenging problems

Every semester we work on multiple design problems. Most of these problems stay in the limited classroom environment where the best is determined by the knowledge pool of the institution. Here is your chance to pick the kind of design problem you want for your academic portfolio or for your students. Choose a brief with resources that are challenging not just by their nature, but with people who compete in.

Gain international industry experience

As the gaps between our society and borders reduce, the design is no more a local profession with set clients. Problems like these propel your work from local to global recognition.

Make your institution go world class

We match your institute with another institute internationally, so that you can exchange your ideas, knowledge, and skills to develop yourself and solve some of the most challenging problems across the globe.

In the end, get awarded for your valuable design solutions.

How does it work?

Choose an international design competition hosted on UNI.

Check if the competition is eligible for institutional access or not.

Complete your registration

You will receive a confirmation upon registration.

Verify your identity

We will get in touch with you within 72 hours to complete the verification process with your institution.

Add entries for the competition

You can add a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 entries for the competition. All the entries will be supervised by 1 faculty member (this information cannot be changed later

Make your teams!

Like working solo? You Can! The combinations to participate can range from all students working solo (Eg: 1 participant per entry  = 20 Submissions) to all students in maximum size of team permitted in competition (Eg. 4 participants per entry = 5 submissions), or any custom structure of teams, solo duo, trio - only condition is 20 registered students are allowed to participate per Institution Access pass.

Submit your entries

Submit your entries using UNI's submission portal before the submission deadline.

Meet your partner institution

Soon after the submission deadline is over we will announce your partner institution so that you can discuss upon the ideas and exchange resources. Faculty will explore the entry of the partner institutions and students can start discussing their project with partner institution students.

Result declaration and Awards

Once the competition period is over, we declare the result openly with one winner for every institutional access and an international winner of the competition.

What's inside institutional access?

Institutional Access (IA) is eligible for currently enrolled students during the competition tenure. Under Graduate/Graduate both participants are allowed.

20 Students and 1 Mentor

We offer 20 registered students to enter a competition with one faculty supervisor (who mentors /coordinates this endeavor) to participate in an eligible competition of your choice.

Flexible participation mode

We will offer you a choice to flexibly form your group - solo or duo or full team as per your preferences.

Be a part of the jury

We offer supervisors/mentors to evaluate an institutional access submission set, and transfer entries to an eligible institution for parallel knowledge exchange. The best entry coming from each institute wins an Institutional Excellence Award - coming from the particular institute.

Get constructive inputs from the eminent jurors

All the entries submitted through this channel will also be transferred to the Lead jury panel (like an individual participant entry) for the final reward as well.

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Have any queries? Reach out to us at ia@uni.xyz

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