Integration of 3D design and printing technology into the core program courses at QU
The Core Curriculum of the Dean’s General Studies Program at Qatar University (QU) introduced a number of initiatives during the 2020/2021 academic year to support the university’s strategy for innovation and digital transformation.
Among the initiatives implemented by the program is the integration of 3D design and printing technology into a number of compulsory courses such as Innovation, Leadership and Civic Engagement (UNIV 200) and Mathematics in Society (MATH 105 ). This fits with the role assigned to the program in unleashing the innovative potential of students and developing their digital skills, QU said in a statement.
Dr. Omar al-Ansari, Vice President of Academic Affairs, expressed his gratitude for these initiatives which are part of the measures taken in innovation and digital transformation. The university aspires, through digitally enhanced curricula, to be a pioneering educational institution that delivers educational programs and approaches that meet the needs of the next generation. Advanced digital technologies such as design technology and 3D printing play a fundamental role in changing the demands of the job market over the next 10 years.
He added that such initiatives would support the achievement of the university’s strategic goals. They also reinforce QU’s continuing active role towards excellence and maintain it among the most prestigious universities.
Professor Ibrahim al-Kaabi, Dean of General Studies, welcomed the initiative and stressed the central role of the core curriculum, which plays an important role in preparing students and equipping them with skills, abilities and skills. skills that help meet the needs of society. .
He explained that such technologies allow them to be aware of the changing world around them “in light of the incredible technological revolution as we live in a difficult world today. Our students must be well educated. and qualified for the job market. “
Professor Rana Sobh, Director of the Core Curriculum Program, said: “Such initiatives are the result of a comprehensive program development process over the past three years, which includes a series of important changes that would have a positive impact on student improvement. engagement, then improving the educational process and outcomes.
On the initiative to integrate design technology and 3D printing into decisions about university requirements, Professor Sobh said the program launched this initiative with the aim of enabling students to design, d ” print and model what they envision in order to apply what they have learned in terms of scientific concepts and theories. It will also open up new opportunities and new horizons to discover other cutting-edge technologies and the best ways to use them.
She indicated that the experimental implementation of the project was based on two courses that were added as one of the results of the development process that took place on the program, namely UNIV 200 and MATH 105.
Course instructor Dr Abdul Hamid Ahmed (Innovation, Leadership and Civic Engagement) said: “The 3D printing experience is a great addition to the course. I learned a lot from this experience as a teacher. This is an opportunity for us to improve our digital skills as teachers, and not just to develop our students. Students are excited to learn more about this technology.
Professor Sobh said he was very happy with the results of this experiment, stating, “3D design and printing is being integrated into more of the core curriculum courses in order to achieve the desired goals of helping students better. understand the new challenges facing our society. This activates the effective role the program plays in preparing students and equipping them with skills, competencies and skills that meet the needs and aspirations of society.