City, University of London to open UK’s largest AR/VR design learning centre in partnership with ARuVR
29 March 2023
– Up to 50 students to be trained in AR/VR simultaneously in a state-of-the-art facility
– ARuVR provides platform and expertise to prepare the next generation of Metaverse tech pioneers
London, UK, 29th March, 2023 – ARuVR, a multi-award winning end-to-end, enterprise-grade Extended Reality (XR) training platform today announced a three year partnership with City, University of London to provide its award-winning technology and expertise to engineering, computer science and applied mathematics undergraduate and postgraduate students within the School of Science and Technology, at what will be the UK’s largest bespoke Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Metaverse design training centre.
Officially opening in September 2023, with funding from the Office for Students (OFS), this new state-of-the-art facility will train up to 50 students simultaneously to become the next generation of ethical tech pioneers in the field of augmented and virtual reality and its applications in engineering, computer science and applied mathematics.
The development of skills in VR and AR as well as the Metaverse is seen as a key skill shortage by industry and the new facility is as a direct result of demand from the City, University of London’s industry and business partners who are seeking talent with advanced skills in this sector.
The STEM skills gap costs £1.5bn per year in the UK (IMechE). Without access to modern, cutting-edge facilities and the means of flexible learning in an ever-demanding world it is unlikely the skills gap can be addressed in the higher education sector. The Interactive Ethical Learning Design Studio will provide a practical space to innovate and practice new industrial processes to deliver social and economic value. It will transform and grow the City, University of London’s specialist teaching and research capability in engineering, computer science and mathematics. The facility will also be used by students and researchers from the School of Health and Psychological Sciences and the School of Communication and Creativity.
As well as providing its AR and VR training platform, which allows students to easily create compelling content and uniquely allow trainers to simultaneously interact with multiple students all while in a virtual world, ARuVR will also provide the AR/VR hardware as a complete solution, jointly fund a place for a PhD student, provide consultancy to ‘train the trainers’ and provide practical work placements for students.