As the world becomes more connected universities across every continent work to give their students the best opportunity to learn new skills and stand out to industry leaders. German universities are no different in wanting the best for their students. As of June 2016, 13 universities in Baden-Württemberg and 8 locations of the Duale Hoschschule Baden-Württemberg have decided to use licenses for Siemens PLM software, including NX, Teamcenter, and Tecnomatix. This allows the students at the universities to learn software that is integral from the design phases through the manufacturing of a product. NX gives students the ability to design and refine project design, Teamcenter allows for expert data management and process support, and Tecnomatix gives the ability to plan production and simulate the manufacturing process.
The universities decided to add Siemens PLM software to its classrooms to adapt to the growing regional industry demand for highly technologically skilled future employees. The leading manufacturing companies in Germany use Siemens PLM software so by the universities adopting the software it ensures thousands of students will have the skills companies desperately need as the global workforce ages.
These universities are partnering with BCT Technology AG, a Siemens software development and sales partner. IN addition to the academic licenses for Siemens software and their implementation, BCT Technology AG provides the universities with add-on software, user and implementation support, as well as training. The combination of technology leadership from Siemens in the Digital Factory field and the expertise of practical relevance of BCT were powerful arguments for the universities’ decision-making.
CEO of BCT, Jürgen Hilleman, knows the importance of preparing students for the future, “By digitizing workflows, considerable potential for industry and its competitiveness can be addressed. The increasing figure of digital twins – of products and production – and the resulting combination of the virtual and the real world plays an important role. It is particularly important to us to support young people specifically the engineers and developers of tomorrow, and that they are introduced to modern technologies preparing them for their future work in the industry.”