On September 13, Guangdong Department of Human Resources and Social Security (GDHRSS) and Siemens signed a letter of intent for establishing the Sino-German Siemens Technology (China) International Institute.
In the coming ten years, both parties will introduce Siemens’ German faculty and talent development standards. They will also cooperate on program and curriculum development, teaching, internship and etc. to explore a dual-system vocational education path with Chinese characteristics.
The Sino-German institute will be Siemens’ first in-depth international partnership on a Chinese academy to fully introduce the essence of German talent development system into Guangdong’s vocational education.
“While promoting the transformation and upgrading of the local industry, Siemens has been bringing its century-long expertise in engineering talent development accumulated worldwide to Guangdong,” said Wang Haibin, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Factory Division, Siemens Ltd., China, “this will pipeline international innovation-oriented high-skilled minds for the achievement of ‘Made in China 2025’.”
The Sino-German academy will be established at Guangdong Machinery Technician College directly subordinate to GDHRSS, which will become an educational partner of Siemens Technical Academy Berlin (STA).
In addition, it has access to support from SITRAIN, Siemens’ training for industry, and STA on relevant industry-institute-college activities.
Offering four-year programs in such areas as mechatronics, the facility is open to high school and secondary vocational graduates, who will be trained as technicians, awarded the Siemens Mechatronics System Certification Program (SMSCP) certificate upon graduation.
Cooperation between Guangdong and Siemens
The cooperation between Siemens and Guangdong dates back to 1929. Over the years, Siemens has been participating in the province’s major infrastructure projects, such as the energy retrofit project of Canton Fair Complex, which is China’s largest single building energy renovation project, the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport’s creation of an international aviation hub of the Asia Pacific, and the building of a demonstration and model city for “green and smart traffic” in Zhuhai.
Prior to this, Guangdong has signed three MoUs with Siemens for cooperation in such fields as intelligent manufacturing, intelligent infrastructure and talent development, to support the province’s comprehensive transformation and upgrading.