Raffles Design Institute (Shanghai and Guangzhou)

In 2002, Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou was established with the support of Raffles Education and its outstanding education resources. The school was approved by the Guangzhou government and Guangzhou Bureau of Education. At Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou, you can immerse comfortably in the Chinese culture while enjoying the familiarity of using English.

Raffles Design Institute, Guangzhou is the first full-time higher education institute in Guangdong that conducts business and design programmes in English. Many of our graduates found successful career opportunities at internationally-renowned establishments like: Nike, Adidas, HP, Wrigley and Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL).

The school was founded in 1994 in conjunction with Donghua University; directly subordinate to China’s Ministry of Education and the “211 Project”; and Raffles Design Institute, Singapore. Raffles Design Institute, Shanghai was the first nationally approved joint venture institutes in Shanghai. All programmes are carried out in English by academic staff from around the world. The academic team of Raffles Design Institute, Shanghai, hails from places like the US, UK, Australia, France, and Germany. After completing two years of studies in Raffles Design Institute, Shanghai, you may choose to pursue your bachelor’s degree in other colleges within Raffles’ Asia Pacific network.


The following programmes are currently running at Raffles Design Institute Shanghai campus:


HELP Academy enrolls students twice a year, in January and September. All students are enrolled at the HELP Academy first and then registered with the University of Derby. Once enrolled, the University of Derby provides students with access to the University’s virtual learning environment (University of Derby Online) where online resources and learning materials are available.

Students will receive administrative support from both HELP Academy and the University of Derby.

Award ceremonies

Awarding students attend a University of Derby awards ceremony held at Raffles Design Institue. There is also an option to graduate at the University of Derby awards ceremony in the UK instead.