Starters - PaTI x Fikra

︎     Introduction
︎     Process

01      JUN Hakyung
          Ayesha Bin Haider

02    LEE Hye-won
         Afra Ashraf

03    JUNG Yul
         Noora Moosa

04    HAN Yoon-ji
         Ammar Khaled

05    PARK Mirinae
         Hind Rais

06    YOON Jeongweon
         Moza Alfalasi

︎    Starters 1.0



UAE - Korea Cultural Dialogue

The United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Korea announced the launch of the year-long series of the UAE-Korea Cultural Dialogue 2020.  Under the theme Converging Cultures, the UAE-Korea Cultural Dialogue 2020 includes a roll out of events, workshops, and public talks that celebrate and recognize Korean and Emirati culture in both countries starting January 2020 to June 2021.

Ministry of Culture and Youth, UAE

The Ministry of Culture and Youth works to enrich the cultural ecosystem in the UAE. It aims to promote the cultural sector creatively and innovatively, enhancing the UAE's position on the global cultural map and preserving the Emirati identity.


Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea

Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism develops and implements a wide range of policies to promote culture, arts, sports, tourism and religion so as to provide cultural opportunities to the public.



The Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (KOFICE) is an institution in charge of international cultural exchange designated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. In order to invigorate cultural exchange transcending national boundaries, KOFICE works towards the following activities: bilateral cultural exchange events, global networking, research and studies, and professional training programs for experts in related fields. With the vision of “A network hub connecting Korea and the World through culture,” KOFICE aims to serve as a foundation for “win-win cultural development” by connecting people and exchanging cultures around the world.



PaTI is a creative design school. With creativity as their goal, PaTl’s designers independently built a new design space in the publication city of Paju in 2013. It is based on the idea that “great teaching must be a creative design in itself.” Various masters, with graphic designer, Nalgae Ahn Sang-soo, at the helm, gathered to pursue their unique and imaginative teaching method combined with collaboration from organizations within and outside of Korea.

PaTI aspires to design a solid creative environment. They follow the extraordinary spirit (design spirit) of the great designer Sejong Ido and use typography as the basis for our teaching and learning. They strive for autonomous coexistence by practicing learning through creativity and truth seeking while embracing character building, art, and hard work. PaTI is based on the profound wisdom and culture of East Asia and aims to establish an international education network working toward a new design culture. It is a place where people wanting to change the world for the better through design and education come together. The Educational Cooperative Party is aiming at democracy.


Fikra is a design-led platform established in 2006 by Salem Al-Qassimi, Fikra’s philosophy is rooted in exploring the relationship between design and culture.

At its origin, Fikra started as an experimental graphic design studio, specialized in bilingual — Arabic and English — graphic design and typography. It then evolved into a fully- fledged design research organization that explores cultural narratives through the lens of graphic design. Fikra runs a rich year-long program for the public that includes talks, workshops, film screenings, book clubs, and exhibitions. It has established itself as an international platform and a cultural pioneer for cutting-edge initiatives such as the Fikra Graphic Design Biennial and the Fikra Designer-in-Residence program.

Fikra comprises a co-working space, design studio, café, gallery, art and design library, and urban rooftop that are housed within Fikra Campus, located in Sharjah, UAE.


Project Manager
Eleonora Cervellera

Tutors (Fikra)
Salem Al-Qassimi
Maryam Al Qassimi

Tutors (PaTI)
Choi Kelly Moonkyung
Park Chan Shin

Park Soyoung

Assistant Coordinators
Pyeon Hae-in
Zahra’a Nasralla

Jenan Ismail
Hana Neuman
Mariam AlZayani
Reem Ahli

Starters 1.0

Tala el Miligy
Hadeel Sabha
Saba Shahin
Mariam Al Qubaisi
Lara Ali
Habiba Darwish
Hana Al Ali

KIM Juyeong
SONG Sujin
LEE Jiwon
HAN Yoon-ji
JEONG Yookyeong
JANG Yunjeong

Starters 2.0


Ayesha Bin Haider
Afra Ashraf
Noora Moosa
Ammar Khaled
Hind Rais
Moza Alfalasi

JUN Hakyung
LEE Hye-won
HAN Yoon-ji
PARK Mirinae
YOON Jeongweon