The Dean of General Studies at the University of Qatar’s (QU) core curriculum program launched a number of initiatives in the 2020/2021 academic year to support the university’s strategy towards innovation and digital transformation.
Initiatives implemented under the program include the integration of 3D design and printing technology into a number of required courses such as Innovation, Leadership and Civic Engagement (UNIV 200) and Mathematics in Society (MATH 105). This is in line with the role assigned to the program of unlocking students’ innovation potential and developing their digital skills, QU in a statement said.
Dr. Omar al-Ansari, Vice President for Academic Affairs, thanked them for these initiatives, which are in line with the steps that have been taken towards innovation and digital transformation. Through digitally enhanced curricula, the university aims to be a pioneering educational institution that provides curricula and teaching approaches that meet the needs of the next generation. Advanced digital technologies such as design technology and 3D printing will play a fundamental role in changing the demands of the job market over the next 10 years.
He added that such initiatives would help achieve the university’s strategic goals. They also reinforce QU’s continued active role towards excellence, claiming that it is among the most prestigious universities.
Prof. Dr. Ibrahim al-Kaabi, Dean of General Studies, praised the initiative, highlighting the central role of the core curriculum program, which plays an important role in preparing students and equipping them with the skills, abilities and competencies that will help meet the needs of society fulfill .
He explained that such technologies enable them to become aware of the development of the world around them “in the face of the amazing technological revolution as we live in a challenging world today. Our students must be well educated and qualified for the job market.” “
Prof. Rana Sobh, Director of the Core Curriculum Program, said, “Such initiatives are the result of an extensive process of development for the program over the past three years, which includes a number of important changes that would have a positive impact on student engagement and improvement then improve the educational process and outcomes. “
On the initiative to incorporate design technology and 3D printing into the university’s requirement decisions, Prof. Sobh said the program launched this initiative with the goal of enabling students to design, print and model their ideas to use what they have learned apply scientific concepts and theories. It will also open new opportunities and horizons to learn about other advanced technologies and the best ways to use them.
She indicated that the test implementation of the project was based on two courses added as one of the results of the development process taking place under the program, namely UNIV 200 and MATH 105.
Dr. Abdul Hamid Ahmed, Course Leader (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. It is an opportunity for us to improve our digital skills as teachers and not just develop students. Students are excited to learn more about this technology. “
Professor Sobh was very pleased with the results of the experience and said, “3D design and printing are being incorporated into more core curricula to achieve the desired goals and to help students gain more insight into the new challenges facing our society. This activates the effective role the program plays in preparing students and equipping them with skills, abilities and competencies that match the needs and aspirations of society. ”