To train the engineers of the future and to strengthen the collaboration between industry and academia, the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and Siemens have announced a new academic collaboration that will provide advanced learning and certification opportunities for engineering students and professionals. Beginning 2018, GUtech will offer the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Programme (SMSCP) to all students interested in advancing their skills in automation and manufacturing.
Announced at a signing ceremony hosted at the GUtech campus in Halban, Muscat, the partnership is designed to boost students’ digital skills to meet the needs of an increasingly digitalised industry sector. The signing was witnessed by H E Thomas F Schneider, Ambassador of Germany to Oman, as well as other business leaders and academia experts.
H E Schneider in his address congratulated Siemens and GUtech on the agreement and said, “This cooperation gives GUtech access to a global network of advanced technology partners working with Siemens, linking the sultanate to the top level of industrial research and education.
“This is an initiative which we wholeheartedly welcome and which we would like to see become a model for cooperation in other fields. Therefore, I consider this ceremony today not only as the conclusion of MoU, but as a starting point for an ever closer cooperation between the various branches, such as science and business.”
Prof Dr Eng Michael Modigell, rector of GUtech, said, “Education is a long-term investment. We are very thankful for the support of Siemens, one of the global leaders in engineering. We are grateful that our engineering students will be able to use a special mechatronics laboratory here at GUtech, featuring the SMSCP. This programme will also enhance our close cooperation with the German and Omani industry. In the long run, the certification of our students will enhance their employability.”
Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering integrated to build complex systems. This holistic, hands-on approach to engineering can improve efficiency, productivity and quality and ultimately decrease time to market. Industries that benefit greatly from mechatronics systems include aerospace, materials processing, water desalination, machine building, automotive, transportation, building technologies and mining.
Markus Strohmeier, CEO of Siemens in Oman, said, “Today’s industrial sectors are undergoing rapid change. Manufacturing systems are becoming increasingly complex and digitalised and these systems require qualified highly skilled individuals with the knowledge required to design, operate and maintain them. We are honoured to collaborate with GUtech to bring mechatronics training to Oman.”