Siemens PLM Software Donates $725 Million in Grants to Japanese Education

31 Oct, 2007

Company supports institutions and training centers to help develop that country's future manufacturing employment base.

Siemens PLM Software, formerly UGS, announced the delivery of in-kind software grants with a commercial value of $725 million to educational institutions and training centers throughout Japan. The grants reportedly will help the institutions produce a strong future employment base for Japanese manufacturers.

Siemens PLM Software made the series of grants to 393 schools throughout the past five years. As a result of the investment, 36,000 Japanese undergraduate and graduate college/university students reportedly have direct access to the company's product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions.

"Education and training are critical factors in maintaining Japan's economic leadership in the world," said Tamotsu Murakami, professor, Design Engineering Laboratory, Department of Engineering Synthesis, the University of Tokyo. "We salute Siemens PLM Software for their work in the engineering and manufacturing fields and we know that the training our students receive is top notch. Students who receive educational training on 3D CAD systems have clear advantages. These students are given chances to be engaged in the real work and earn unsurpassed experiences during internship opportunities they may have prior to graduation and, in turn, receive advanced standing placement within companies as they begin their careers."

Siemens PLM Software distributed the grants through its Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management (GO PLM) initiative, which reportedly provides PLM technology to more than 930,000 students annually at as many as 9,100 global institutions.