On 15 April 2011, the license signing ceremony between Siemens and the five Vietnamese universities under the framework of the HEEAP took place at Legend Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City.
At the event, Siemens announced an in-kind software grant with a commercial value of US$71 million to the Higher Education Engineering Alliance Program (HEEAP). The in-kind software grant, provided by Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, will help universities develop the next generation of Vietnamese engineers.
HEEAP, developed in collaboration with the government of Vietnam, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (ASU), Siemens, and Intel Corporation will collaborate with top technical universities in Vietnam to advance their Electrical and Mechanical Engineering curricula. The goal is to develop a highly skilled technical workforce that will attract and sustain a healthy high-tech manufacturing industry, thus positioning Vietnam to compete among high-tech centers of excellence.
The in-kind software grant made through Siemens PLM Software’s GO PLM™ initiative, will provide its NX™ software, a comprehensive digital product development solution; and Tecnomatix® software, a best-in-class digital manufacturing solution, to Ha Noi University of Technology, Da Nang University of Technology, Can Tho University, Ho Chi Minh University of Technical Education, and the Ho Chi Minh University of Technology.
“Siemens is pleased to support the universities with the state-of-art Siemens PLM Software technology in their education program,” said Erdal Elver, President and CEO, Siemens Vietnam. “This is our commitment to Vietnam as part of our corporate social responsibility. I sincerely wish the program a very successful start and bring down-to-earth benefits to the participants for their career development.”