Siemens and Flinders University have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on defense, energy efficiency and food and beverage, areas critical to the state of South Australia.
The broad scope of the collaboration can be summed up as a ‘technology-education partnership’, Siemens Australia President and CEO Jeff Connolly stressed that more than ever, industries and educational institutions need to work closely together. .
âThe days of siled approaches between universities and industries are over.“said Connolly.
âOnly together can we truly build a future workforce with cutting-edge skills and out-of-the-box outcomes that will meet the needs of business and society.
Along with the government of South Australia, Flinders University is a founding partner of the Tonsley Innovation District and Siemens has been a key tenant on the site since the early days of the redevelopment.
âFlinders University is one of South Australia’s leading educational institutions and we have a long-standing relationship with them, especially after seeing the success and growth of Tonsley’s redevelopment together.“said Connolly.
“This MoU aims to formalize this relationship and set us on the path that will support South Australia in vital areas such as defense, food and beverage and energy efficiency.
âI particularly like the mission of Flinders University, which is toâ¦ change lives and change the world. This is very much in line with our worldview and the role of technology in transforming the world and creating a sustainable future – environmentally, economically and socially.
Both Siemens and Flinders University see this as a crucial time for South Australia to secure its long-term future.
Through such partnerships, the state can leverage its many strengths, natural strengths and opportunities by embracing areas such as digital skills development and securing a prosperous long-term future.
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Professor Colin Stirling, President and Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University, stressed the importance of industrial and academic collaboration and the importance of the Memorandum of Understanding with Siemens.
âThe partnership with Siemens means we are working directly with one of the largest and most technologically advanced companies whose high-tech software, automation and electrification are the foundation of everything from the program NASA’s Mars Rover to major Navy and Air Force programs in the US and UK, and much of the food and beverage industry, including the famous Coopers Brewery and even Haigh’s Chocolates“said Professor Stirling.
âThis is an exciting step forward for the University and its students as we formalize the nature of our relationship.
âOver the years I have had the chance to experience firsthand the power of the German approach to engineering and technology and have visited a number of Siemens benchmark facilities and sites in Germany. . Siemens is a very impressive organization and I look forward to the results that this MoU will lead to our students as well as South Australia in general.
This MoU is designed to support the many technological transitions and ambitions such as net zero goals, the transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (a concept born in Germany known as Industry 4.0), cities and infrastructure smarter and even support the sovereign defense of the nation. capacity, in which South Australia plays an important role.
Siemens are not only the largest industrial software company, the largest automation company, and the source of much of the world’s electrification, but they are also part of the fabric of South Australia that founded the Australian enterprise here in 1872 with the commissioning of the Darwin-Adelaide land telegraph, according to Professor Stirling.
“I want our university to be the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates” said Professor Stirling.
âAnd to get there, we need to work closely with the most enterprising companies that have stood the test of time..
âIn forging this relationship with Flinders, Siemens is partnering with an educational institution determined to change and make a difference at a pivotal time in global manufacturing; a generational change that ushers in new waves of automated technologies and new ways of creating. “
Professor Stirling added that by embracing digitization, including high-tech software, digital twin technologies and data platforms, our local industries can improve quality, reduce costs and downtime, increase speed, achieve higher safety standards, be more efficient with scarce resources, gain flexibility to pivot during times like COVID – and ultimately be more competitive and have a bigger positive impact.
“This memorandum of understanding is an important signal for the future of the University and for having a much more integrated and collaborative approach to constitute the workforce of the future”, Professor Stirling concluded.
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