Multimillion dollar Siemens' grant puts UniSA students in the Industry 4.0 box seat

Siemens Siemens MOM SoftwareThe University of South Australia will be providing its students the opportunity to work with some of the most advanced Product Lifecycle Management software, thanks to a Siemens $450m commercial value grant.

The largest software grant of its kind in Australia, it is part of Siemens’ commitment to invest more than $1 billion in advanced PLM software to select universities nationally, ensuring students develop the skills needed to successfully participate in what has been dubbed the fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0.

Announced today at UniSA’s new futuristic museum, MOD., Siemens chairman and CEO, Jeff Connolly, says the grant reflects Siemens long partnership with the state of South Australia and a commitment to working with great educational institutions to build the workforce of the future. 

“I’m delighted to announce the grant of Siemens PLM advanced industrial software with a commercial value of $450 million to UniSA,” Connolly says.

“It demonstrates the great partnership we have with the state of South Australia and our commitment to working with great educational institutions to build the workforce of the future,” Mr Connolly said.

The grant is part of Siemens’ commitment of more than $1 billion in advanced PLM software grants to select universities nationally and will enable students and the University to develop the skills needed to successfully participate in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). 

Linked to the recommendations and work of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce – an industry led group established to support improved bilateral relations between Australia and Germany – the grant is the only one awarded in South Australia.

University of South Australia Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the partnership with engineering giant, Siemens Australia, will provide extraordinary opportunities for UniSA students and for local industry in the State.

“It’s exciting to think that our students will soon have access to the same software used to design and develop everything from Space X, the Mars Curiosity Rover, Maserati Ghibli and other world leading innovations such as the digital shipyard for Newport News (US) where aircraft carriers are built,” Professor Lloyd says.

“Not only will it give our students experience of an industry 4.0 environment, it will also deliver huge benefits for manufacturing research at UniSA and, for the industry partners we work with every day, to support innovation and enterprise.

“Across defence, space, mining, the environment, and biomedical technology – it will allow us to model and prototype new ideas and give our students experience of advanced technology in the production of things, systems and processes.

“This investment is really farsighted, and we are delighted to be working with Siemens to deliver graduates with the skills and knowledge to shape and transform industry in the future.”

Siemens PLM Digital softwareThe Siemens PLM software grant provides a suite of advanced PLM software and ensures UniSA will have access to the same advanced software, processes and best practices that are used to develop some of the most sophisticated global products and systems in industries including automotive, aerospace, shipbuilding, high-tech electronics and more.

Media contacts:

UniSA: Michèle Nardelli mobile +61 418 823 673 email michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au
Siemens: Krupa Uthappa mobile +61 427 601 578 email krupa.uthappa@siemens.com

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