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NextGen Center Spaces

The Design Principles of the center are based on the URBAN DESIGN / NEIGHBOURHOOD and the Design Thinking methodology. This will start from the Commons where we chose the Arabic name Al Warsha were teams and individuals will have the space to research, define and understand the requirement of any project, followed by the Nexus where we chose the Arabic name Takween where they ideate and imagine the project in a shared meeting space, to display the implicit information to help the teams learn, responds and develop the idea. This is then followed by the Town Hall area, where we chose the Arabic name Khulwa, which means a space for initial discussions, exchanging thoughts and reviewing the project without a feeling of intrusion. Then we have the Enclaves, where we decided to call it Arkan in Arabic, where students will have their own space, to work, produce and focus on their ideas. Last is the Café which we chose the Arabic name for to be Tawasul, where we can talk + bond in these space forms a community.


(Town Hall)
(Materialize: Test, Implement,
Show Case)

This space lets teams’ welcome customers or outside colleagues for quick meetups or reviews without a feeling of intrusion.


(Understand: Empathize, Define)

Shared meeting spaces is a central anchor in the design. This area links IT to the rest of the business. Analog and digital project displays make the implicit information explicit to help teams learn, respond and develop.

El Warsha

(Explore: Ideate, Prototype)

This space is the working area for teams or individuals.


(Explore: Ideate, Prototype;
Materialize: Test, Implement)

These spaces allow for people to do their work independently while still being in touch with other. Possibility to connect while being alone is an option that must be provided in such area. Most of the productive work is taken place here.


(Understanding: Empathize, Define)

Humans are creature that best function together, especially when we are well-fed. Talk + bonding in these space forms a community.


The main Purpose of the Centre is to connect Academia with Industry here at the NextGen Centre we have secured multiple Initiatives with our partners,

The CTI NextGen Center will serve as a crucial node in ZU's innovation eco-system by extending our partnership with companies like SAP, IBM, Cisco, Microsoft, Etc., startups and government agencies.

These organizations are willing to work with us to bring real projects and problems from the industry to our community, so we help in finding solutions through projects and research.

The center opens the possibilities for ZU students and faculty to collaborate with industry and government entities