Festo Didactic SE and TUM Asia Inks Partnership to Upskill the Workforce for Industry 4.0

On 8 December 2016, Festo Didactic SE and the Technical University of Munich Asia (TUM Asia) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly explore and develop education activities for students and employees who are interested in upskilling themselves in the areas of Automation Technology and Industrie 4.0 (Industry 4.0) in Singapore. The MoU signing took place at the German Centre Singapore.

Following the announcement of the Smart Nation initiative in Singapore, there have been national effort that aim to create a better future through technology-enabled solutions. As a result, Industrie 4.0 (Industry 4.0), where the internet of things and automation are revolutionising manufacturing, has been making waves in Singapore. This cooperation sets the stage for both institutions to work towards the common goal of equipping employees for new and value-creating roles. The development and execution of joint education activities in Industrie 4.0 (Industry 4.0) and related areas aim to upskill the workforce for this shift.

Festo Didactic and TUM Asia agreed to also explore potentials for innovative technology and new business models, with the intention to include the results as part of their curriculum offerings. The agreement will allow both Festo Didactic and TUM Asia to leverage on one another’s institutional strengths to promote the exchange of views, experiences, and knowledge in these areas.

“I am extremely delighted to join hands between two of the most prestigious educational powerhouses of Germany, TUM (Asia campus) and Festo Didactic, in order to jointly compose further frameworks of cooperation not only within Singapore, but also for the Asian region in all aspects of training, research, curricula development and human resource development”, said Mr. Enrico Rühle, Board Member, Festo Didactic SE.

“Festo Didactic and TUM Asia share a common vision; to provide education and training to further equip the next generation workforce. This MOU will pave the way towards promoting industry relevance and addressing manpower growth needs in the region. TUM Asia looks forward to working together with Festo Didactic to encourage bright young minds to continue pursuing innovation”, said Dr. Markus Wächter, Managing Director, TUM Asia.

The two organizations have committed to regular meetings to develop joint education activities over the next two years.