Dubai-based New Media Academy announced the launch of the Middle East’s first virtual campus that leverages immersive technology. The campus is a custom New Media Academy-branded virtual Space Station in orbit around Mars. Users will be given the experience to transport down to the surface of Mars to explore.
The inauguration of the virtual campus drew the participation of several Academy members and alumni, including leaders from public and private sector institutions and independent content makers. Immersive and virtual reality technology specialist and Forbes columnist Charlie Fink delivered a presentation on the role of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in business and accelerating global transition towards digital learning in virtual and immersive environments.
Rashid Al Awadhi, CEO of the New Media Academy, said: “VR and immersive technologies are shaping the learning experience of tomorrow. It is not a moment; it is a permanent movement. With the extensive set of tools that comes with immersive learning, accessibility becomes a possibility and is the next best thing to real life. Students become active participants in an elevated educational process with exceptional multi-sensory 3D experiences where they can interact with objects and each other. VR is not simply a supplement for other learning solutions – it is the future. Our students have access to the highest quality education, supported by the world’s best educators.”
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