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Siemens works closely with the Ministry of Education to implement new education concepts combining theory and practice to train innovative professionals for manufacturing.
Future of Manufacturing
Siemens has a long tradition of supporting engineering education, promoting school-enterprise cooperation in China, and sponsoring the annual Siemens Cup to ignite student creativity in the application of practical technologies. All of this offers a platform for mutual exchange and learning.
China is transitioning from a big manufacturing country into a super manufacturing power. Besides the transformation of products and manufacturing technology, the need for talent is equally crucial. China industry education is facing the challenge of having to bridge the gulf between theory and practice.
In 2011, Siemens signed a Memorandum on education cooperation with the Ministry of Education of China. The two parties declared that they would work together to promote the development of engineering education. Siemens expansive collaboration with the Ministry supports teachers and students in universities higher vocational schools and junior colleges by building up a curriculum that exposes them to the latest Siemens industrial technologies, implementing training programs for teachers, establishing over 300 training centers and labs, and organizing contests like the “Siemens Cup."
The Siemens Cup has been held since 2006 to ignite students' creativity in the application of practical technologies, providing a platform for mutual exchange and learning. The contest has five competition items: Logic Control, Design Development, Engineering Innovation, Motion Control and Hardware Development. Designed to develop excellence in creative engineering talent for China. So far, the contest has attracted nearly 40 percent of China’s technological institutes, with nearly 10,242 contestants of over 3,414 teams from 28 provinces and cities.
The Memorandum reflects Siemens’ endeavor to help to promote the development of engineering education and cultivate creative talent for China’s manufacturing sector upgrade. Additionally, Siemens has created a corporate identity as "Employer of Choice" and "trusted partner to create sustainable values".
The cooperation between enterprises and universities is important for education, in line with the key concepts of the Education Plan.
China’s manufacturing is growing rapidly, so is the demand on engineering talents. With its profound experience on engineering education, Siemens widely promoted school-enterprise cooperation in China, and holds “Siemens Cup” automation contest every year to ignite students’ ability and creativity in application of practical technologies, providing a platform for mutual exchanges and learning.