WEEF & GEDC 2022 – The Digital Transformation Needs Education

By youheng.dong

In 2022, the Siemens Empowers Education and Startups Team joins the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) and Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) in Cape Town International Convention Center in Africa. This year, the sponsorship is supported by Siemens Digital Industries Software in partnership with Nelson Mandela University. Global Siemens industry leaders and Nelson Mandela University professors will host several panels and discussions.

About the Conference

“We invite professors, academics, engineering educators, industry leaders, researchers, students and governmental organizations to attend and participate in this conference. This will give us all an opportunity to share our experiences, vision, strategy, research, products, technology and also network with engineering thought leaders from across the world. Each year, IFEES holds the World Engineering Education Forum in different locations around the world. 

On even years, the conference is jointly convened with the Global Engineering Deans Council Conference. This is the largest global gathering in engineering education and includes participation from a large number of stakeholders – Engineering educators, global leaders, students, industry, governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, amongst others – who share and build fruitful and long-term collaborations and future directions during the event”

– Prof Sunil Maharaj, the General Conference Chair of WEEF & GEDC

Follow along with Siemens and Nelson Mandela University:  

Topic: Implementing Digital Twins and Virtual Commissioning within Education using Siemens solutions

Host: Prof Theo van Niekret, Nelson Mandela University

Topic: Transforms: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA) to STEM Education is key

Host: Dora Smith, Senior Director of Siemens Global Academic Program 

Siemens provides the most comprehensive digital twin to predict behavior, optimize performance and validate the most complex objects. Dora Smith presents a case from Professor Theo Van Niekerk of Nelson Mandela University highlighting the use of Digital Twins in Engineering Education and creating a better understanding for learners to implement Virtual Commissioning of Industrial Systems.

Topic: Skills for Sustainability, Micro credentials: Challenges, Opportunities and the path Forward, GEDC Industry Forum 

Host: Jennifer Bradford, Global Education Leader of Siemens

Siemens Empower Education and Startups believe that the digital industry transformation needs education. Teaching the complex interactions of Industry 4.0 is placing new demands on teachers and trainers, and requires modern teaching concepts. The Digital Twin can support training with a wide range of applications as a digital image of industry 4.0 machines. Siemens offers among others an application example for education. It is complemented by a full training documentation which demonstrates the commissioning of a digital twin of a transport system in interaction with a virtual automation system.

Click here to learn more about WEEF&GEDC 2022 Program!

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