The expansion will bring South African XR solutions to new heights.
EON Reality, the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education, announces a new expansion with their South African partner, Vaal University of Technology (VUT), to roll out EON-XR to their students.
After initially beginning their partnership through a pilot program over the summer. EON Reality and VUT are looking to take the South African XR economy to new heights with the addition of the full-fledged EON-XR rollout. The two organizations have long shared a passion for bringing world-class academic solutions to those who need them most, with the original collaboration being based out of students’ needs for a more “hands-on” remote learning to get them through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our initial pilot program with VUT was so successful for both of us, that expanding the partnership to launch a brand new South African XR rollout only made sense. VUT is one of the finest partners we have in the region, and we’re looking forward to seeing how we can continue to evolve together with the new venture. I’m excited for this next step and believe our collaboration is far from over.”Dan LejerskarFounder of EON Reality
EON Reality’s new South African expansion is the XR provider’s latest growth in its mission to bring EON-XR to as many users as possible around the world. With recent announcements coming from several different countries across multiple continents, the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic has been a significant opportunity for expansion for the industry leader.
For VUT, the new rollout marks their place as not only one of the largest academic institutions in the nation but also a South African leader in the international XR community. Considering the area’s status as a technology hub and desire to incorporate modern and futuristic technologies into everyday life, adding a large-scale rollout of EON-XR will likely contribute drastically to those goals.
“The initial pilot project with EON-XR highlighted the potential of this technology to improve teaching and learning. Vaal University of Technology seeks to produce employable and entrepreneurial graduates who can make an impact in society. As a University of Technology, we need to ensure that experiential learning is an essential part of our learning environment. EON-XR permits us to extend experiential learning into the classroom as we can experience the workplace in a realistic computer-generated environment. XR environments allows students and staff to experiment with science and engineering concepts in a safe environment, to co-create learning and to improve the quality of teaching and learning. VUT is based in an industrial hub which allows us to partner with Industry to create new learning experiences for training for high technology applications. We are really excited in incorporating EON-XR into our teaching as both augmented and virtual reality have been shown to help students to learning more effectively as it supports the understanding of complex phenomena and abstract problems. VUT intends to collaborate with other stakeholders to improve the quality of graduates at VUT as well as across South Africa.”Maggi LiningtonDVC: Teaching, Learning and Student Support Services of VUT
About EON Reality
EON Reality is the world leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education. EON Reality’s 21 years of success are tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every human on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality has developed the de-facto standard for Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer software that supports devices from mobile phones to large immersive domes. EON Reality’s global development network — with more than 20 locations worldwide — has created the world’s leading AR/VR library for education and industry with over 8,000 applications and over 40 million users worldwide.
About Vaal University of Technology
Established in 2004 as Vaal University of Technology (VUT), the VUT originated as a College of Advanced Technical Education (1966). Based in southern Gauteng, Vaal University of Technology draws students from across the country, as well as 25 other countries. It is one of the largest universities of technology in South Africa, with an annual enrollment of about 20 000 students. The university is well positioned to make a substantial contribution to the development of human capital in the southern Gauteng region, the country and the continent. It has four faculties: Applied and Computer Sciences; Engineering and Technology; Human Sciences and Management Sciences. For further information visit www.vut.ac.za.