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Siemens Canada signs mechatronics education MOUs


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Siemens Canada has signed two memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Seneca College and Sheridan College in Ontario.

These MOU signings focus on Mechatronics programs and strengthens cooperation between Siemens and Canadian colleges and universities.

Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens may participate and lend its expertise in the form of guest lectures, technical workshops and providing recommendations on curriculum development. Further opportunities exist for Sheridan students in the form of engineering internships and co-op placements, the college notes.

At the heart of the agreement is the ultimate goal of preparing Sheridan engineering graduates to write a Siemens certification exam in Mechatronic Systems, the college says. The ability to obtain this credential soon after graduation is especially important for Sheridan’s growing population of international students, because it’s a credential that is globally recognized, it adds.

“Our relationship with Siemens Canada is grounded in our shared belief that today’s knowledge economy requires engineering graduates who are critical thinkers and creative problem solvers,” says Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, president and CEO of Sheridan. “It also recognizes that what truly sparks innovation and excitement in students is the practical application of fundamental principles in the form of experimentation and hands-on experiences.”


Sheridan’s and Senaca’s partnerships in the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program is based on cooperation through activities in program development, research and teaching. The program recognizes post-secondary institutions as certified educational partners. Its training emphasizes in-demand industrial skills, trouble-shooting and hands-on practice.

{nomultithumb}siemens300“We are proud to be expanding Seneca’s relationship with Siemens, an industry leader around the globe. This agreement will allow our students to benefit from their expertise, receive highly-specialized training and have increased experiential learning opportunities,” said David Agnew, president, Seneca College.

“It is very important for Siemens to create a culture of continuous learning,” said Mr. Robert Hardt, president and CEO of Siemens Canada Ltd.  “(The) MOU signing reconfirms Siemens’ commitment to education and training that is supported and driven by key partnerships with Canadian colleges, universities and government.”

The MOU also builds on an existing relationship with Siemens Canada that has resulted in donated equipment for Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies, supported student scholarships and provided program advice through participation on a Program Advisory Committee.


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