On his recent Middle East tour, Prince Charles visited a high-tech innovation campus in Jordan where he got the chance to meet with Vice Chancellor of Coventry University, Professor John Latham. The campus is kitted out with the help of Coventry University subsidiary, Serious Games International Ltd which is located on Coventry University’s Technology Park.
The Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC) in Jordan’s capital, Amman, and some of the key elements of its state of the art technology lab were set up by SGIL as part of the strategic relationship between Coventry University and Zain (Jordan’s leading mobile telecoms operator and founder of ZINC). The lab was opened in November by King Abdullah II of Jordan and some of its features include a virtual reality room, driving simulator and a smart touch table.
Prince Charles’s visit to ZINC came as part of an event to help launch Prince’s Trust International, a scheme which has been working in Jordan to help bring more young people in to employment, offering mentoring and assistance.
Professor Latham spoke of his meeting with The Prince of Wales, “It was a pleasure to meet with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and showcase the positive impact that British higher education is having around the globe. Going forward we hope to strengthen relations with the Prince’s Trust and explore ways that the University’s Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations could work with the charity.” Professor Latham also spoke with Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development.
Coventry University alumnus, Dr Majid AlSadi, initially began the collaboration between the university and Zain and is still involved with the university’s ‘Changing Lives’ programme, through which students at Coventry visit Jordan on a cultural exchange during their studies.
Coventry University was established as a university after the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, until which time it was known as Coventry Polytechnic. It boasts 27,000 students and is the larger of the two universities within the City of Coventry, the other being the University of Warwick. Coventry University has two campuses, one in the city centre of Coventry and the other 100 miles south-east of Coventry, on Middlesex Street in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Professor Latham also took the time to explain to Prince Charles the continuing professional development programmes being delivered by Coventry University to managers at Zain.