Apr 19, 2011

Siemens announces US$71 Million In-Kind Software Grant to the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City - Siemens has 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.”