2 Million Euros from the “European Union” to Finance Virtual Smart Laboratories at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology in Cooperation with European Partners for the First Time
The Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology announced a new research project aimed at developing students’ skills to keep pace with the needs of the labor market with a funding of 2 million Euros provided by the European Union and European partners.
Prof. Sameh Nada, Vice President of the University, explained that this project comes within the framework of the university’s interest in supporting scientific research that serves society, stressing that there is a priority to direct scientific research to confront the second wave of the Corona pandemic. He pointed out that the implementation of this new research project is being carried out by the University’s Faculty of Engineering to establish the first smart virtual lab for distance learning and developing students’ digital skills.
On his part, Prof. Amr Eltawil, Dean of the Faculty of Innovative Design Engineering at the Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, said that the university has obtained a research project funded by the European Union amounting to 2 million Euros in cooperation with 3 European partners and 7 universities from Egypt, Algeria and Jordan. The project sets to establish the first virtual laboratory in Egypt with international specifications to simulate real laboratories to train students on the latest skills, competencies and experiences, through the use of tools that incorporate the latest virtual and augmented reality technology.
Prof. Eltawil added that virtual laboratories provide students with an artificial or illusory learning environment that simulates real laboratories with the latest technological developments, as it includes the latest computers, scientific software and advanced communication means that enable students to conduct digital scientific experiments remotely, repeat them, observe the reactions and obtain results similar to those in real laboratories. He emphasized the importance of this project in supporting the hybrid educational system in light of the spread of the new Corona virus and the efforts of higher education institutions in developing educational means to keep pace with the new conditions and reality faced by higher education.
He added that the research project also aims to prepare a set of applied curricula to develop individual skills for engineering, science and technology students to keep pace with the labor market corresponding to the latest communication technology and the fourth industrial revolution, including control systems and artificial intelligence. He also pointed out that implementation of the project by the University has already started and extends for a period of three years, including a year and a half for development and a year and a half for experimentation and implementation.