From mine to Finger. A deep dive into the world of Diamonds is an intensive two-week programme, hosted by the University of Antwerp (UAntwerp) and the Antwerp World Diamond Center (AWDC).
- During the first week (27-31 August-), a selected group of (max.) 30 students will follow a five-day course programme, hereby immersing themselves in every aspect of the world of diamond jewelry. Topics include the historical, geological, technical, economical, commercial and ethical perspectives of the global diamond trade
- During the second week (3-7 September), the summer school aims to practically apply the academic thread set out in the first week through a series of workshops and diamond talks in which we look at past, present and future of the diamond industry. The focus of the programme set-up in the second week is “innovation” in every facet of the global diamond industry, from mine to finger. Contrary to the first part, the second week will also be open to the public, from both within and outside the industry. Moreover, the summer school participants will be able to attend several workshops behind the scences (sorting, polishing and grading stones; tender simulation game, …).
Throughout this two-week programme, students are expected to develop a report focusing on a particular field of study of the diamond sector, this in multicultural groups. On the final day of the programme each group delivers a presentation of their report to a professional and academic jury.