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Honoris member colleges and universities will provide an immersive, hands-on experience both on and off campus

Quick read

➨ Honoris United Universities is rolling out AR and VR software across its college and university members to boost knowledge and skills transfer for students
➨ EON Reality is providing AR and VR education software, initially in engineering and IT, health sciences, and architecture
➨ Students studying at Morocco at Honoris institutions Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur and Ecole d’Architecture de Casablanca will be the first to access EON-XR

The story

Honoris United Universities, the pan-Africa network of private higher education institutions, is rolling out augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) software across its college and university members to boost knowledge and skills transfer for students.

The African higher education network has chosen California, USA-based EON Reality to provide AR and VR education software, initially in engineering and IT, health sciences, and architecture.

Students studying these subjects in Morocco at Honoris institutions Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingénieur and Ecole d’Architecture de Casablanca will be the first to access EON-XR, to experience virtual field trips, undergo simulated lab exercises, emulate real-life building projects, and more, all to enhance their learning experience and further increase job preparedness.

Honoris says the software will eventually be rolled out across higher education institutions throughout Africa. Its members serve 61,000 students on 70 campuses.

EON Reality has a strong track record in serving education, with Waynesburg University and the University of Glasgow partnering with the extended reality (XR) technology company.

Honoris describes EON Reality as the “the de-facto standard of AR/VR education software for skills transfer” and says its software and infrastructure will enable member colleges and universities to provide an immersive, hands-on experience both on and off campus.

‘A fundamental reorganisation’

Commenting on the roll-out, Hassan Filali, chief executive officer of Honoris in Morocco and project lead across the Honoris network, says: “Higher education is undergoing a fundamental reorganisation, with a pivot towards new learning systems and technologies that accelerate and improve skills acquisition.”

“We are delighted to partner with EON Reality. The EON-XR solutions will contribute to introducing interactive and immersive AR and VR lessons in the curricula to continuously improve the student experience. At Honoris, we are committed to investing in academic innovation and exploring new methods of delivery with a strong focus on student success.”

Honoris United Universities group chief executive officer Dr Jonathan Louw adds: “Honoris institutions are united in developing sustainable academic models that are future-oriented and employability-focused.”

“I am proud of all the efforts deployed by our faculty to develop strategic partnerships in Africa and across the globe to enhance both student experience and student outcomes. The intrinsic cross-pollination between our institutions helps foster and scale academic innovation and collectively re-imagine education to prepare world-class African talent.”

The Honoris partnership is an important one for EON Reality as Africa represents a new market for the company. Founder Dan Lejerskar says: “Partnering with Honoris United Universities gives us the opportunity to expand far beyond our existing markets to key educational hubs in Africa.”

“Bringing a delivery of EON-XR to a system of universities as diverse and expansive as Honoris is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity for us to reach as many people as possible. I look forward to seeing how this partnership continues into the future.”

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