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IWTO is committed to supporting wool textile education, including collaboration between industry and academia, cross-disciplinary approaches, and degree programmes that link with research.

Projects such as Pitti Filati's Feel the Yarn and Campaign for Wool's Wool School (and here) are examples of collaborations that showcase the wonderful natural properties of wool.

IWTO will continue to focus on education in events (such as the 2016 Wool Round Table held in Biella), and encourage industry participaton through these events and working groups.



Queensland University of Technology

Focusing on cross-disciplinary studies, the Creative Industries Faculty and the School of Design offer teaching and research in design and sustainability while science degrees provide skills relevant to profitable and sustainable textile industries. Many different courses can lead to careers in wool and the environmental sciences. www.qut.edu.au

University of New England

UNE is the only university in Australia to offer a comprehensive range of sheep and wool units developed and funded by industry bodies. The Australian Wool Education Trust (AWET) developed the courses and scholarships to educate students and encourage them into a career in the Australian sheep and wool industry. The programme covers all aspects of the Australian sheep and wool industry and supply chain, from farm to fabric. University students from across Australia participate in the sheep and wool units offered by UNE creating a unique opportunity to develop contacts and networks across Australia.


www.woolwise.com (website of AWET)



Ghent University - Department of Textiles - European Textile Engineering Advanced Master (E-TEAM)

E-TEAM's unique international and multidisciplinary approach brings together all major European universities and renowned education specialists. All modern areas related to textiles are covered in the two-year course, along with many important non-technical skills such as languages, cross-cultural experiences and organisational abilities.




HEC Paris - School of Management

In association with luxury brand Kering,  HEC Paris offers a unique “Luxury Certificate” programme that aims to help future leaders learn how best to handle luxury brand management challenges, to explore key sectors within the luxury market, and develop an in-depth understanding of the many facets of working in the luxury industry.

HEC Luxury Certificate

Kering - www.kering.com



Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences/Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology 

Based in Mönchengladbach, this is one of the largest and best know faculties of textile and clothing technology in Europe, with teaching and research from fibre to final textle product. Bachelor and Master programmes. International opportunities include semester abroad, fairs, design competitions, and internships.




Citta Studi

A full range of programmes at Bachelor and Master level including the Master in Management and Textile Engineering, conducted in English and recongized world-wide.



New Zealand

Massey University - College of Creative Arts

Offers Bachelor and Master, Master of Fine Art and PhD degrees in Textile Design, located in Wellington, New Zealand.

Says Professor Sandra Herrernan, "The Master of Design (MDes) is about design that matters. ... We aim to facilitate design projects that make a significant contribution to research-driven innovation and support sustainable economic growth."




University of Otago - Centre for Materials Science and Technology

Offers undergraduate programmes in the fibres and textile field (designated CLTE). These have international accreditation by The Textile Institute, a very useful recognition for graduates seeking employment in any branch of the textiles field. Postgraduate qualifications are also available, such as PhD, Masters Degree (MSc and MAppSc) and Postgraduate diploma.

COntact: Professor Raechel M Laing, Director of the Centre for Materials Science and Technology. 




Wool Academy Podcast - A weekly podcast exploring the wool supply chain from farm to fashion and beyond. Hear the story behind the wool supply chain as told by the passionate individuals who make this one of the most fascinating of industries.

Wool Knowledge - An initiative of The Woolmark Company, resources include Wool Appreciation Courses, descriptions of the manufacturing process for worsted and woollen apparel products, and numerous Educational Training Manuals (available multiple languages).

Formed in 2010 to continue the work begun during the International Year of Natural Fibres, the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative provides a platform for the natural fibers stakeholder community.

DNFI Members work together to promote all natural fibers in the face of competition from manmade fibers, to raise awareness of the advantages of natural fibres, and exchange information on innovative technologies.

Through its Innovation in Natural Fibres Award DNFI aims to recognise innovations and raise the public's awareness of the achievements of the natural fibre sector.

From abaca to wool, DNFI promotes the natural fibre community from growing and processing to the consumer and beyond. Visit the DNFI website to join or for more information.