HEEAP to raise training funding for future engineers

HCMC – Partners and members of the Higher Education Engineering Alliance Program (HEEAP) will convene a meeting in HCMC this week to decide more funding and measures to make this program move faster and develop next generation of Vietnamese engineers.

The meeting was disclosed by Jeffrey S. Goss, director of Vietnam HEEAP and assistant dean of Global Outreach and Extended Education for Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“Our initial resource partners Intel Corporation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provided us US$2.5 million to start the project last summer. We will be announcing a large increase in the funding for the program,” Goss told the Daily last Friday, after Siemens announced US$71 million in-kind software grant to the program.

The in-kind software grant will help universities develop the next generation of Vietnamese engineers in order to quench the thirst of companies for high-skilled employees in Vietnam.

The software comprising comprehensive digital product development and digital manufacturing solutions will benefit the Hanoi University of Technology, Danang University of Technology, Can Tho University, HCMC University of Technology and the HCMC University of Technical Education.

Erdal Elver, president and chief executive officer of Siemens Vietnam, said Siemens supported the universities in their education program as part of its corporate social responsibility committed to Vietnam. He expected the program would bring practical benefits to the universities and assist students with their career development.

The software was provided by Siemens PLM Software of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, a major provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services.

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Saigon Times, Apr 18, 2011

Defining PLM, Siemens PLM Software Web Site

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software allows companies to manage the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively, from ideation, design and manufacture, through service and disposal. Computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE), product data management (PDM) and digital manufacturing converge through PLM.