International visitors learn how Dundee has become a District of Creativity

Members of the District of Creativity Network with Professor Mike Ferguson of the life sciences department.

Dundee is being held up as an example across the world, thanks to its design, technology and science innovations.

A total of 44 delegates from all over the globe visited the city on Wednesday to learn about its achievements and to take creative ideas back to their own countries.

Academics, entrepreneurs and government representatives who form the global District of Creativity Network (DCN) toured both universities, as well as the waterfront development.

They had come from as far as the USA, Brazil, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Spain and Italy and spoke highly of the City of Discovery.

The first stop for the cultural delegation was Dundee University’s life sciences department.

Speaking shortly after he arrived from Belgium, DCN’s general manager Pascal Cools said: “For me, Dundee stands for gaming, design and life sciences.

“The interdisciplinary approach is very important.

“We believe that you can’t innovate and find ideas if you only stick to your own domain.

“Dundee is not a large city but it is one of the main hubs for gaming in Europe.

“I don’t know about Dundee’s specific initiatives, and that’s why I’m here.”

Gurt Grosfeld, managing director at the Embassy for Creative Affairs, came to visit Dundee from the Netherlands.

He said: “Dundee is capable of expressing itself in the playing field of the world.

“The waterfront is a showcase for Dundee, but I want to see what’s behind it, to see the social challenges that the region faces.”

The DCN was founded in 2004 to foster the exchange of best practice in order to stimulate creativity and innovation in business, culture and education.

One of the speakers during the visit was Professor Gregor White, head of the school of arts, media and computer games at Abertay University.

Others included Gillian Easson of Creative Dundee and Colin Anderson, a games industry expert.

The visit was organised by the Scottish government and included a tour of Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as Dundee.

Will Dawson, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “Our recognition as a Unesco City of Design has put us fairly and squarely on the cultural map, and 44 delegates from across the globe saw for themselves why we thoroughly deserve that accolade.”