Orange Jordan, EU launch FabLab

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AMMAN — Orange Jordan agreed with the Hashemite University to launch a FabLab at the faculty of engineering soon, Orange said in a statement.اضافة اعلان

The move is part of “Innovation Space”, a three-year project co-funded by the EU’s “Innovation for Enterprise Growth and Jobs” program, which aims at promoting digital empowerment and innovation culture on a wider scale.

“The new FabLab is an extension of the ‘Innovation Space’ project that seeks to expand Orange’s free digital programs and give the youth the opportunity to benefit from training in digital skills growing in demand to enhance their employability and support them in launching their own projects,” the statement said.

Under the agreement, the Orange FabLab will “provide a comprehensive training in digital fabrication skills, tools, and machinery to enable joiners to create prototypes and benefit from 3D printing technologies, laser cutting and CNC machines in starting their innovative projects,” according to the statement.

It said Orange Jordan “affirmed its keenness to extend its free digital programs to cover the Kingdom at large, as the number of beneficiaries/certificates granted within the ‘Innovation Space’ project reached 20,000.” Orange noted that it continues to expand the scope of the programs in partnership with the EU.

The Hashemite University FabLab is set to digitally empower youth for more employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, stemming from Orange Jordan’s role as a responsible digital leader and its belief in youth’s active contribution to driving sustainable development, the company added.

It quoted Fawaz Al-Abdel-Haq Al-Zboon, Hashemite University president, as saying that he highly values Orange Jordan’s continuous initiatives and “is proud of the cooperation with company in establishing the Orange FabLab.

He said FabLab reinforces the efforts of the university and its faculty of engineering to enable students and graduates in terms of skills, as well as offer them an opportunity to benefit from this leading project in digital fabrication and innovation that prove vital to elevate their fourth industrial revolution skillset and increase their competitiveness in the local and global labor markets.

Zboon also asserted the importance of the Hashemite University and Orange Jordan’s partnership “as a model for national institutions seeking to enrich Jordan’s youth skills and drive growth in the national economy by providing human capital equipped to excel and compete.”

That, he added, will increase students’ opportunities in the labor market, enable them to start their own projects and startups, and empower them in their careers to enhance their contribution to socioeconomic progress, all in line with the university’s vision: “from the Hashemite University to the world.”

The EU-funded “Innovation Space” project supports the expansion of Orange Jordan’s digital programs to include nine Community digital centers, five new coding academies, 5 FabLabs, eight start-up accelerators and incubators, in addition to an “Innovation Hub” at the Orange Digital Village in Amman.

The program is a pioneering initiative in Jordan and a one-stop shop for digital innovation and entrepreneurial support. It introduces digital culture, fosters digital skills – especially among women and youth – and promotes and nurtures entrepreneurship by identifying key opportunities for digital economic growth, according to the statement.

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