The Core Curriculum Program at the Deanship of General Studies at Qatar University (QU) introduced a number of initiatives during the academic year 2020/2021 in order to support the university’s strategy towards innovation and digital transformation.
Among these initiatives implemented by the program is the integration of 3D design and printing technology in a number of university required courses such as innovation, leadership and community participation (UNIV 200) and mathematics in society (MATH 105). This comes in line with the role assigned to the program to unlock student’s 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 that comes in line with initiatives related to innovation and digital transformation. The university aspires, through digitally enhanced curricula, 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 requirements of the labor market 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 maintains it place among the most prestigious universities.
Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Kaabi, Dean of General Studies, praised the initiative, in which he confirms the pivotal roleof the Core Curriculum Program. The program plays an important role in preparing students and equipping them with skills, abilities and competencies that meet the needs of society.
He explained that such technologies enable them to be aware of the development of the world around them in light of the amazing technological revolution as we are living in a challenging world today. Our students must be well educated, and qualified for the labor market.
Prof. Rana Sobh, Director of the Core Curriculum Program said: “Such initiatives come as a result of a comprehensive development process for the program during the past three years, which included 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 spoke that the program had launched this initiative with the aim of enabling students to design, print and model what they envision in order to apply what they learned in terms of 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 trial implementation of the project was based on two courses that were added as one of the outputs of the development process that took place on the program, namely Innovation, Leadership and Civic Engagement (UNIV 200) and mathematics in society (MATH 105).
One of the instructors expressed his opinion on this unique experience. 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 to develop students. Students are excited to learn more about this technology.”
In the conclusion of her speech, Professor Sobh expressed her great happiness with the outcomes of this experience, she said: “3D design and printing are being integrated into more core curriculum courses in order 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 program plays to prepare students and equip them with skills, abilities and competencies that meet the needs and aspirations of society.”
Source: QATAR UNIVERSITY