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Siemens Helps Universities Develop Next Generation of Vietnamese Engineers with US$71 Million In-Kind Software Grant to the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program

In-kind software provided by Siemens PLM Software to Vietnamese Universities to further enhance engineering education in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, April 15, 2011 - Siemens today announced an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of US$71 million to the Higher Education Engineering Alliance Program (HEEAP). The in-kind software grant, provided by Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, will help universities develop the next generation of Vietnamese engineers.

HEEAP, developed in collaboration with the government of Vietnam, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (ASU), Siemens, and Intel Corporation will collaborate with top technical universities in Vietnam to advance their Electrical and Mechanical Engineering curricula. The goal is to develop a highly skilled technical workforce that will attract and sustain a healthy high-tech manufacturing industry, thus positioning Vietnam to compete among high-tech centers of excellence.

HEEAP focuses on developing and advancing interdisciplinary and applied engineering and vocational curriculum through instructional innovation and university level transformation. Working with the Ministry of Education and Training, partner university leadership, and industry leaders, the project focuses on faculty instructional innovation and university level transformation needed to succeed in the emerging Vietnamese high-tech sector.

The in-kind software grant made through Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ initiative, will provide its NX™ software, a comprehensive digital product development solution; and Tecnomatix® software, a best-in-class digital manufacturing solution, to Ha Noi University of Technology, Da Nang University of Technology, Can Tho University, Ho Chi Minh University of Technical Education, and the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology.

“Advanced technology like the PLM software is critical to preparing our students for the challenges of a global economy. We are pleased to partner with Siemens PLM Software to give students in Vietnam access to state-of-the-art tools that provide the knowledge and experience that will help them be successful in a highly competitive marketplace,” Jeffrey S. Goss, Director, Vietnam Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program and Assistant Dean, Global Outreach and Extended Education for ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“Siemens is pleased to support the universities with the state-of-art Siemens PLM Software technology in their education program,” said Erdal Elver, President and CEO, Siemens Vietnam. “This is our commitment to Vietnam as part of our corporate social responsibility. I sincerely wish the program a very successful start and bring down-to-earth benefits to the participants for their career development.”

“Siemens PLM Software provides universities with access to PLM technology, which otherwise would be out of reach for the academic community, giving students a distinct advantage by being able to use the same PLM technology widely-used by leading multi-national manufacturing companies around the globe,” said Rajiv Ghatikar, General Manager, APAC and Australasia, Siemens PLM Software. “The experience gained in the use of these tools better prepares students for today’s highly-competitive manufacturing jobs requiring full knowledge of modern technologies.”

Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM™) initiative leads the industry in the commercial value of the in-kind grants it provides and brings together four complementary community involvement programs focused on academic partnership, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development and the PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education) program. GO PLM provides PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at nearly 10,800 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs. For more information on GO PLM and the partners and programs it supports visit www.siemens.com/partners/goplm.

About the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP)

Through the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (ASU), Portland State University Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (PSU) and Intel Corporation will collaborate with top technical universities in Vietnam to advance their Electrical and Mechanical Engineering curricula, considered the "bread and butter" degrees for technology manufacturing. The goal is to develop a highly skilled technical workforce that will attract and sustain a healthy high-tech manufacturing industry, thus positioning Vietnam to compete among high-tech centers of excellence.

About Siemens PLM Software

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 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 69,500 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

Siemens Vietnam dates back to 1993, when our representative offices were officially established in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Since then, Siemens has participated in numerous Vietnam’s infrastructure projects, particularly in all key areas of the economy such as energy, industry, healthcare and transportation. In order to create a solid basis for enhancing cooperation with local partners, Siemens Ltd. was founded in September 2002 to provide solutions and services related to Siemens products and systems. The rapid expansion of its business relations with Vietnam prompted to establish Siemens Automation Systems Limited in 2005 to produce busbar trunking systems. To date, Siemens is an integral part of Vietnamese economy and is committed to further contribute to the socio-economic development of Vietnam. For more information please visit our website: www.siemens.com.vn.


Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. GO PLM, NX and Tecnomatix are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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Duong Huong Ly
+84 4 3577 6688
duong-huong.ly@siemens.com

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