24 September 2013

Twelve Universities Throughout China Receive In-Kind Software Grants from Siemens PLM Software

PLANO, Texas, September 24, 2013 – Twelve universities throughout China are receiving in-kind software grants from Siemens PLM Software for its NX™ software in an effort to advance the teaching of design and manufacturing management while cultivating high-quality talents in the region. The in-kind grants have a commercial value of more than $700 million and include the Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, Dongguan University of Technology, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou University, Nanchang University, Ningxia University, Shandong Jiaotong University, Shenyang City University, Tianjin University of Technology and Education, Yuncheng University, Southwest University and Qinghai University. Siemens’ NX software is a computer-aided digital design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) solution.

Today’s news follows last year’s Siemens PLM Software announcement about the signing of a long-term memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Education Management Information Center of the People’s Republic of China Ministry of Education (MOE). The MOU established cooperation between the two parties to support the National Computer-Aided Technology Certification Project (CAXc Project) aimed at cultivating innovative engineering technology talent and enhancing career competitive advantages for China’s university and secondary vocational school students.

Siemens’ GO PLM academic growth in China

The in-kind grant is part of the Siemens’ Global Opportunities in PLM (GO PLM) academic program that aims to challenge and grow future business leaders in science, technology, engineering and math to groom and develop the next generation of excellent engineers. To date, the GO PLM™ program has supported 25 universities and provided more than 10,250 students access to technical certification. The new grants will enable 5,000 students from the 12 universities to receive technical certification over the next three years.

“In just one year following the signing of the MOU, this announcement is proof positive of the significant progress made for China’s student population,” said Bill Boswell, Senior Director of Partner Strategy of Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software brings the world's leading technologies to students in China giving them a solid platform to become excellent engineers in the 21st century, and pioneer the development of digital and intelligent manufacturing throughout the country.”

Jim Rusk, Siemens PLM Software’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Product Engineering Software, delivered a speech at a presentation ceremony, saying, “Siemens PLM Software is proud to support education in engineering technology as it enables us to provide the global manufacturing industry with a highly trained and heavily recruited workforce. China’s CAXc project will provide the industry with innovative local talent experienced in NX software.

Siemens support for China’s ‘Excellent Engineer’ initiative

To further support China’s “Excellent Engineer” efforts and amplify the initiative, Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM project will continue to accept applications from various universities across the country, including Shanghai Jiaotong University, Tongji University and Zhejiang University. Siemens PLM Software will also put greater emphasis on empowering institutions in Western China to help improve their digital design and manufacturing education, promote local talent and contribute to boosting local economic development.

“Siemens PLM Software is committed to empowering China's talent growth especially in digital design and manufacturing management by working closely with universities throughout China,” said Leo Liang, Managing Director of Siemens PLM Software for Greater China. “For the last 26 years, Siemens PLM Software has played a pivotal role in developing digital manufacturing in the country and this in-kind grant to 12 of China’s most illustrious universities is a testament to our continued efforts and commitment to the country.”

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with seven million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supports the entire value chain of its industrial customers – from product design to production and services – with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software. With its software solutions, the Division can shorten the time-to-market of new products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software, and Water Technologies. For more information, visit www.siemens.com/industryautomation.

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