Design Thinking for Education – Unleash


New Perspectives. New Generation.

Empowerment Through Learning

Design thinking has made its way from the creative and business sectors into education, equipping students with the most important 21st century skills.

To establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning, educators from the primary school to university level are using design thinking to:

Engage students in enquiry and project-based learning,

enabling them to learn actively by posing questions, exploring problems and understanding scenarios.

Move a one-size-fits-all curriculum

toward a human-centered pedagogy that focuses on the needs, talents and potential of each individual.

Incorporate the unique learning needs of students

into a multidisciplinary curriculum.

Inspire, empower and motivate students

to experience fun, freedom and a sense of belonging in the learning process.

Designing Your Life

At Stanford University, the most popular course is not computer science, but a class about finding one’s vocation. “Designing Your Life” extends design thinking concepts and techniques to help students learn about gratitude, generosity, self-awareness, adaptability and their own ability to initiate personal and societal change.

17% of seniors at Stanford enroll in the class. In lieu of a final exam, they must present “odyssey plans”, which chart out three radically different five-year roadmaps. By prototyping different versions of themselves, students are empowered to consider their future lives and careers.

Design thinking can nurture students’ creativity, enhance their empathy and create a better future for our society.

Mr. Jeff Sze
Political Assistant to Secretary for Education
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region