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The University’s new Virtual Reality Lab

Press Release   •   Jan 08, 2018 08:00 GMT

Photo: Catrin Landén Sveriges Radio Gävleborg P4

“In here, you are supposed to be able to do all sorts of things. We will have project spaces and arrange workshops and courses. Come her and hang out with us, play or test your ideas”, says Josephine Rydberg, cross-media consultant at Region Gävleborg.

The University’s new Virtual Reality (VR) Lab opens on 26 January and has been developed together with Region Gävleborg, the county council in Gävleborg. The Lab wants to provide new experiences and promote innovative ways of telling stories.

“We would like to put a new tool in the hands of storytellers, artists and filmmakers to see what they will come up with,” Josephine Rydberg says.

New opportunities for education

“It is very important that you come here and try it for yourself. Talking about VR without testing it is just like talking about water without swimming, or without even having been there,” says Claes Westelius, project manager at the University of Gävle.

“VR gives us great opportunities, not least within education. A teacher or student who can’t be there physically, can now participate in a way which has not been possible earlier.”

For more information, please contact:
Claes Westelius, project leader for online learning at the University of Gävle
Phone: 026-64 84 52, 073-460 72 08
Email: claes.westelius@hig.se

Text: Douglas Öhrbom

Education and Research at a Scenic Campus.
The University of Gävle has approximately 17 000 students, more than 50 study programmes and second-cycle programmes, about 1 000 courses in humanities, social and natural sciences and technology.

Research Profiles
Built Environment and Health-promoting Working Life are the general research profiles of the higher education institution. Important parts included are Spatial Planning with a specialisation in Sustainable Built Environment and Musculoskeletal Disorders with the purpose to prevent work-related injuries. In 2010, the higher education institution received permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in the profile area of Built Environment.
The higher education institution has applied for permission to carry out third-cycle programmes in technology, humanities and social sciences.