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Halmstad University has signed a cooperation agreement with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT. Through this, the University has access to a world wide network through its 3D lab, which now becomes a Fab Lab in accordance with the MIT concept. On December 15, there is a preview of the new lab.
The agreement was signed last week, when representatives from the University visited Boston, due to the ongoing construction of a 3D lab in Halmstad modelled after the MIT concept.
– During the visit at MIT, it was confirmed that the operation we are creating lives up to the requirements of being accredited to the Fab Lab network. The joint cooperation agreement that was signed is the first step on the road, says Bengt-Göran Rosén, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and one of the University representatives on the trip.
The collaboration means that the University will have access to a rich material that will be of great significance for the University’s education as well as for research and collaboration outreach ventures.
Among other things, both lecturers and students in Halmstad will have the opportunity to partcipate in conferences and unique courses given online at MIT. Furthermore, collaboration on a course level is planned within the framework of the University’s various engingeering programmes.
– We will have the opportunity of introducing different course elements given at MIT, among others in our new Master’s programme, Industrial Organisation and Innovation, which is starting in autumn of 2016. The same goes for our future Master’s programme in Mechanical Engineering, future Civil Engineering programmes and courses, as well as the Science programmes, says Joakim Tell, Head of Innovation Management at Halmstad University, who was also in Boston.
– This venture ties in well with the University’s history and the start of the Innovation Engineering programme over 30 years ago with a focus on creativity and product development. We are now given an opportunity to broaden this approach and combine educational and research ventures within profile areas such as 3D Life, Business Development, Green Innovation and Health Innovation, says Henrik Barth, Dean of the School of Business, Engineering and Science.
The Fab Lab concept will be a creative environment that is primarily a resource for the University’s students, but the public and industry as well as students outside the course and programme activities will benefit from the lab and its equipment. How this will work in practice is not yet determined. Close collaboration with the business sector and industry is however a natural element of the operation.
The official opening of Fab Lab is planned for summer, but operations will start successively during spring.
This is Fab Lab
Fab Lab is short for Fabrication Laboratory and is a concept developed at MIT. A basic component is increased openness and collaboration between education, reseach, industry and even private individuals, according to the so-called maker movement's model. The maker movement unites craft and technology in a maker space, a kind of open workshop with different production and prototype machinery.
The global network has around 800 Fab Labs. Halmstad University has from previously connections to MIT and Harvard through different research collaborations and several researchers from the famous Boston universities working as Visiting Professors at Halmstad University.