QU integrates 3D design and printing technology into the core curriculum
April 10, 2021 – 9:36 am
Students experiencing the integration of 3D design and printing technology into core curricula at Qatar University
Doha: The Dean’s Core Curriculum Program for General Studies at the University of Qatar (QU) launched several initiatives in the 2020/2021 academic year to support the university’s strategy towards innovation and digital transformation.
These initiatives implemented by the program include the integration of 3D design and printing technology into some of the university’s required courses such as Innovation, Leadership and Community Participation (UNIV 200) and Mathematics in Society (MATH 105). This is in line with the role of the program in unlocking students’ innovation potential and developing their digital skills.
Dr. Omar Al Ansari, Vice President for Academic Affairs, thanked them for these initiatives in line with efforts to innovate and digital transformation. Through digitally enhanced curricula, the university aims to be a pioneering educational institution delivering 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 labor market demands over the next decade. He added that such initiatives would help achieve 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. Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Al Kaabi, Dean of General Studies, praised the initiative in which he affirmed the central role of the core curriculum program. The program plays an important role in preparing students and equipping them with the skills, abilities and competencies to meet the needs of society.
He explained that such technologies enable them to become aware of developments around them in the face of the technological revolution in today’s challenging world. The students must be well educated and qualified for the job market. Prof. Rana Sobh, Director of the Core Curriculum Program, said: “Such initiatives result from an extensive development process for the program over the past three years. This includes a number 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 incorporate design technology and 3D printing into the university’s requirement decisions, Prof. Sobh said the program launched this initiative to enable students to design, print and model what they want imagine yourself to apply what you have learned in 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 outcomes of the development process of the program, namely Innovation, Leadership and Civic Engagement (UNIV 200) and Mathematics in Society (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 said she was satisfied with the results of this experience. “3D design and printing are being incorporated into key curricula to achieve desired goals and 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. “