Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum (TAG-KF), member of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Global (TAG.Global), participated in an online panel session organized by TechWorks, one of the initiatives of the Crown Prince Foundation, under the title “Learning through Practice – Integrating digital manufacturing into education”. The panel brought together a number of education, industry, business and innovation experts from several countries.
The Director of the Unified Admission Coordination Unit and spokesperson for the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Mohannad Al-Khatib, opened the panel, which was moderated by Mr. Fadi Daoud, Executive Director of TAG-KF and TAG.Global Education and Youth Advisor.
During the session, speakers discussed the gaps that exist in the current education system due to traditional teaching methods, while revealing how digital learning could positively contribute to sharpening the technological and personal skills of students, by more to improve their critical thinking and problem solving skills.
The professor and researcher in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Texas, Dr Hassan Qandil, stressed the importance of industrial projects to fill the gaps in the labor market, citing the reasons that have delayed Jordanian universities in adopting industrial projects financed or guaranteed. At the same time, he urged universities to embrace digital manufacturing, calling for the establishment of Fab Labs (or digital manufacturing labs); which are as important as traditional laboratories.
Meanwhile, Ing. May El-Dardiry, who is interested in business and innovation and spokesperson for TEDx in Egypt, gave a presentation titled “The Impact of Digital Manufacturing and Experimental Learning”. She described what schools and universities need to build Fab Labs. That is, in addition to the requirements for building a culture of digital manufacturing in schools, referring to the importance of preparing responsible teachers to teach such techniques and methods.
Ing. Ala’aaldin Al-Khawajah, Sager Drone Academy Team Leader, gave a presentation on the inclusion of digital fabrication skills in educational curricula, highlighting how digital fabrication approaches differ from traditional approaches. . He then spoke of the importance of including digital manufacturing in education with the aim of creating a “generation of manufacturing” and “digital thinkers”.
Founder and CEO of InnoTech in Oman, Eng. Othman Al Mandhari, spoke about the contribution of digital manufacturing skills to filling gaps in labor markets, explaining how Fab Labs could contribute to science and technology education, engineering and math.
TechWorks is a digital manufacturing laboratory (FabLab) and one of the initiatives of the Heir Prince Foundation. With its modern devices and equipment for 3D printing and the production of digitally manufactured prototypes, it supports young Jordanian innovators and strengthens the innovation system in Jordan.