Cumulus - International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media
The University of Art and Design in Helsinki (UIAH) (currently Aalto University School of Art and Design) and the Royal College of Art in London, in co-operation with Danmarks Designskole, Gerrit Rietvelt Academy, Universität Gesamthochschule Essen and Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Wien initiated the Cumulus Network in 1990.
They all had a common desire to enhance the quality of education through co-operation, student and teacher exchange within the European Union Erasmus programme. The Network was transferred to Cumulus Association in 2001.
Cumulus has been a pioneer in developing jointly organised MA-programmes, intensive workshops, projects and biannual conferences. It has published 'working papers' which have documented the discussions and seminars in conferences, a First Aid Kit to help students and professors in planning mobility actions, kept up a web page, etc. These activities go on.
During the past ten years Cumulus has grown in size and ambition. The number of members has grown from 6 to 150 (2009). The members represent most of the European countries and during past years several countries overseas have also joined Cumulus.