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Istituto Marangoni sets foot in the Middle East with a school in Dubai

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Feb 23, 2022

Istituto Marangoni continues to expand internationally with the opening of a fashion school in Dubai. The project, which has been in the works for two years, will become a reality in October 2022 with the inauguration of the self-financed and directly operated structure in a booming market for fashion and luxury. 

The Milan branch in Via Cerva dedicated to interior design - Istituto Marangoni

"A market study made us realize that there was room for an institute like ours. There is no structured school in the region with such an articulated offer on fashion, art and interior design studies. This is an opportunity to gain a foothold in the Middle East where we can continue building our reputation in the region, which is already very strong despite not being present in the territory. The Dubai location’s long-term plan is to invest heavily on qualified education," Stefania Valenti, managing director of Istituto Marangoni, told FashionNetwork.com.

"This operation is part of our direct investments. We expect to breakeven in the third or fourth year. We kept the same tuition rates as in Milan, an average of €25,000 per year," she mentioned.

The school will be located in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). It will offer a three-year fashion and design course, as well as a 12-month master's program. The diplomas will be validated by the emirate's Ministry of Education.

70% of the institution’s teachers will come from Italy while the others will be recruited locally. The new building, which should have a first class of about 50 students, will be linked with the Marangoni school in Mumbai. Students from the Mumbai campus will be able to complete their final years of studies in Dubai. Similarly, students from the new school will be able to continue their education in the group's other institutes.

The Dubai campus joins the list of Marangoni schools which includes two buildings in Milan (one dedicated to interior design) and locations in Florence, Paris, London, and Mumbai. Others include the recently inaugurated Miami campus and its Chinese grounds in Shanghai, and Shenzhen. In total, Istituto Marangoni will boast ten campuses worldwide after opening its newest property.  

In addition, Valenti announced a first hybrid online master's program scheduled to launch in June, a fusion of digital and physical learning. The Institute has also been recently increasing its collaborations and special projects with exceptional mentors, such as Massimo Giorgetti, Riccardo Grassi and Olivier Rousteing in Paris.
"In recent years, we have seen a very big shift towards a digital business model in the industry. Digital profiles capable of merging online and physical distribution are highly sought after as well as everything related to sustainability in the production chain," concluded Valenti.

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