QU integrates 3D design, printing technology into the core program
Apr 10, 2021 – 9:36 AM
Students experiencing the integration of 3D design and printing technology into core program courses at Qatar University
Doha: The Core Curriculum of the Dean’s General Studies Program at Qatar University (QU) launched several initiatives during the 2020/2021 academic year to support the university’s strategy for innovation and digital transformation.
Among these initiatives implemented by the program is the integration of 3D design and printing technology in some university courses such as Innovation, Leadership and Community Involvement (UNIV 200) and Mathematics in Society. (MATH 105). This fits in with the role of the program to unleash the innovation potential of students and develop their digital skills.
Commenting on this, Dr Omar Al Ansari, Vice President of Academic Affairs, expressed his gratitude to these initiatives in line with the dynamics related to innovation and digital transformation. Through digitally enhanced curricula, the university aspires 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 ten years. He added that such initiatives would support the achievement of the university’s strategic goals.
Such initiatives strengthen the university’s continued active role towards excellence and maintain its place among the most prestigious universities. Professor Ibrahim Al Kaabi, Dean of General Studies, welcomed the initiative, in which he confirmed the central role of the core program. The program plays a vital role in preparing students and in providing them with the skills, competencies and skills to meet the needs of society.
He explained that such technologies allow them to be aware of the evolution around them in light of the technological revolution in today’s difficult world. 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. This includes a series of important changes that would have a positive impact on improving student engagement and 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 has launched this initiative to enable students to design, print and to model what they are planning to apply what they have learned to 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 outcomes of the development process that took place on the program, namely innovation, leadership and commitment civics (UNIV 200) and mathematics in society (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 she was satisfied with the results of this experiment. “3D design and printing are integrated into more core courses 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.