Sharjah Research and Technology Innovation Park (SRTIP) said it has joined hands with Finland's Oulu University of Applied Sciences to explore potential of 3D printing across the Middle East region’s rapidly thriving construction sector.
The move complements current efforts to consolidate Sharjah's position as a leading knowledge and innovation hub, said a statement from SRTIP.
The strategic alliance between SRTIP, an initiative of the American University of Sharjah Enterprises (AUSE) and Oulu University of Applied Sciences, one of the best and largest universities in Finland, aims towards further enhancing the emirate's position in the fields of innovation and development while also consolidating the Sharjah techno park's role as a regional centre for scientific and commercial research.
The programme's agenda began at American University of Sharjah this week, which focused on intensive discussions regarding the latest developments in the field of 3D printing and robotics in construction, in addition to research regarding the local composites of materials utilized in 3D printing, which are suitable to the region's climate and compatible with the current line of structural printing devices.
The programme is part of the co-operation agreement signed between the AUSE and Oulu University of Applied Sciences in May 2017.
"This research programme is a beginning of a long-term co-operation between UAE and Finland, including universities and businesses in both countries and in different fields of industries," remarked Kimmo Paajanen, International Project Manager, Oulu University of Applied Sciences.
"We are going to utilise shared resources for research and development work in Sharjah to boost a world-class system for innovation in different industries to meet local needs. We look forward to other areas of cooperation in the future such as developing robots for different industries, smart technologies, high-speed networks and smart applications, internet of things, data analytics and smart digitalization," he added.-TradeArabia News Service
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