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Qatar- QU integrates 3D design, printing technology into Core Curriculum


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Doha: The Core Curriculum Program at the Deanship of General Studies at Qatar University (QU) introduced several initiatives during the academic year 2020/2021 to support the university's strategy towards innovation and digital transformation.

Among these initiatives implemented by the programme is integrating 3D design and printing technology in some university-required courses such as innovation, leadership, and community participation (UNIV 200) and mathematics in society (MATH 105). This comes in line with the programme's role to unlock students' innovation potential and develop their digital competencies.

Commenting on this, Dr. Omar Al Ansari, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, expressed his gratitude towards these initiatives in line with drives related to innovation and digital transformation. Through digitally enhanced curricula, the university aspires to be a pioneering educational institution that provides curricula and teaching approaches that meet the needs of the next generation. Advanced digital technology such as design technology and 3D printing plays a fundamental role in changing the labour market requirements in the next ten years. He added that such initiatives would support achieving the university's strategic goals.

Such initiatives enhance 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 confirmed the pivotal role of the Core Curriculum Program. The programme plays a vital role in preparing students and equipping them with skills, abilities, and competencies to meet society's needs.

He explained that such technologies enable them to be aware of the development around them in light of the technological revolution in a challenging world today. Students must be well educated and qualified for the labour market. Prof. Rana Sobh, Director of the Core Curriculum Program, said, 'Such initiatives result from a comprehensive development process for the programme during the past three years. This includes a series of important changes that would have a positive impact on enhancing student engagement and then improving the educational process and outcomes.

On the initiative to integrate design technology and 3D printing into the university requirements decisions, Prof. Sobh said the programme had launched this initiative to enable students to design, print and model what they envision to apply what they 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 employ them.

She indicated that the project's trial implementation was based on two courses that were added as one of the outputs of the development process that took place on the programme, namely Innovation, Leadership and Civic Engagement (UNIV 200) and mathematics in society (MATH 105).

Dr. Abdul Hamid Ahmed, Course Instructor (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 competencies as teachers, not just develop students. Students are excited to learn more about this technology. Professor Sobh said she was happy with the outcomes of this experience. '3D design and printing are being integrated into more core curriculum courses to achieve the desired goals of helping students gain more insight into the new challenges faced in our society. This comes to activate the effective role that the programme plays to prepare students and equip them with skills, abilities, and competencies that meet society's needs and aspirations.

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