FE News | City, University of London opens UK’s largest AR/VR design learning center in partnership with ARuVR

Up to 50 students to be simultaneously trained in AR/VR in a state-of-the-art facility ARuVR provides a platform and expertise to prepare the next generation of Metaverse technology pioneers –

ARuVR, a multi-award-winning end-to-end extended reality (XR) enterprise training platform, today announced a three-year partnership with the City, University of London to bring their award-winning technology and expertise to engineering, computer science, undergraduate and postgraduate students applied mathematics at the School of Science and Technology at the UK’s largest bespoke training center for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and metaverse design.

Officially opening in September 2023 and funded by the Office for Students (OFS), this new, state-of-the-art facility will train up to 50 students at a time to become the next generation of ethical technology pioneers in Augmented and Virtual Reality and their applications in engineering, computer science and applied mathematics. Developing skills in VR and AR and the Metaverse is seen by the industry as a key skill shortage and the new facility is a direct result of demand from industry and the City’s business partners, the University of London, who are seeking talent with advanced levels of skills in this area.

The STEM skills gap costs the UK £1.5bn per year (IMechE). Without access to modern, state-of-the-art facilities and the means for flexible learning in a world with ever-increasing demands, the higher education sector skills gap is unlikely to be closed. The Interactive Ethical Learning Design Studio will provide a hands-on space to innovate and practice new industrial processes to deliver social and economic value. It will transform and expand the City, University of London’s specialized teaching and research capacities in engineering, computer science and mathematics. The facility is also used by students and researchers from the School of Health and Psychological Sciences and the School of Communication and Creativity.

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Professor Rajkumar Roy, Executive Dean, School of Science & Technology (SST) City, University of London said:

“Our partnership with ARuVR allows us to provide students with a scalable, cloud-based, industry-leading AR and VR platform for rapid application creation, helping them develop the skills needed to meet the needs of the multi-sector economy to fulfill. This partnership goes beyond just providing the technology, ARuVR will provide ongoing expertise and guidance, as well as hands-on industry experience and practice that will be invaluable to our students’ progression in their studies and careers.”

In addition to providing its AR and VR training platform, which enables students to easily create compelling content and uniquely enables trainers to simultaneously interact with multiple students in a virtual world, ARuVR will also bring the AR/ Provide VR hardware as a complete solution. jointly finance a doctoral position, advise on the “training of trainers” and offer internships for students.

Frank Furnari, CEO and Founder of ARuVR said:

“AR, VR and mixed reality are powerful learning and development tools used by companies worldwide. We are delighted to announce our first university partnership, supporting the City, University of London’s vision in creating not only the UK’s largest AR and VR ethical design learning centre, but also the most technically advanced. In addition, ARuVR provides support and insights for students in researching and developing projects, as well as industry internships to give them hands-on experience.”

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