AWDC and UAntwerp partnering for education
Shared needs and common goals brought AWDC and UAntwerp together for the development of an educational track.
These two institutions and their partners have elaborate expertise and excellence available on history, trends and innovation in diamond industry. Strengths of both institutions are compatible and lead with the development of the summer school to an attractive cooperation targeting a shared interest group.
The first edition of ‘From mine to finger/2 modules’ is developed on the one hand in the framework of Antwerp Summer University, since 2010 a yearly initiative of University of Antwerp providing high standard, short term, international courses and on the other hand, in the framework of the celebration year of Antwerp’s diamond industry, 2017.
Antwerp – centre of diamond industry
Antwerp and diamonds are inseparable. Antwerp has been the capital of the world diamond trade for more than five centuries, ever since the first diamonds arrived at Antwerp’s port and is widely recognized as the leader in the industry today, in more ways than one. AWDC’s mission is to ensure Antwerp remains at the forefront of the global diamond industry, to foster awareness of Antwerp’s unparalleled contributions to local and international trade and to inspire current and future generations to embrace the beauty and value of our product. We want everyone to recognize that diamonds are a fundamental part of Antwerp’s DNA.
To give you an idea of what it means to be the leader in the diamond industry, and what this means for Belgium, consider a few facts: AWDC promotes the interests of more than 1,700 individual companies representing 6,600 direct and 26,000 indirect jobs in Belgium. In 2016, the total value of traded goods amounted to no less than US$48 billion, or an average of US$220 million per day. Antwerp’s diamond imports and exports provide a significant boost to the Belgian economy, representing 15% of all Belgian exports outside the EU and 5% of total exports; more than 70 nationalities work together in Antwerp every day in the most international diamond trade center in the world. On a broader scale, the diamond trade provides employment and ensures a better livelihood for millions of individuals on all five continents.