Siemens has donated $20,000 worth of automation solutions to two universities in West Africa.
The University of Lagos and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology were selected as the first recipients of the funds.
“We see the Africa of tomorrow powered by highly efficient industries with a skilled and inclusive workforce. Siemens is shaping this future today, by investing in a technology and skills revolution that enables people to prosper,” the Chief Executive Officer, Siemens sub-Saharan Africa, Sabine Dall’Omo, said.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Nigeria, Onyeche Tifase, also said, “Siemens Nigeria is proactive in its efforts to support the achievement of human capacity development targets for Nigeria through the delivery of vocational and technical education programmes at tertiary school level.
“We strongly believe a bottom-up approach is critical and we are working with various local partners to deliver STEM education courses for primary and secondary schools in Lagos and other states.”
The company said that each university received a Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 automation solution kit, “which enables the electrical engineering students to simulate automation processes for a wide range of industries, such as automotive manufacturing and food and beverage production, mining, to name a few. Each solution contains a compact CPU, analogue output, simulator module, Ethernet cable and software.”
According to the company, if Africa is to compete in the digital age, Dall’Omo argues that there is a need to shift from the traditional thinking, adding, “Competing against each other is counter-productive. The collaboration between government, business (local and international), labour and academia has the ability to change mindsets, implement policies and create an environment for knowledge sharing and execution.”
A statement from Siemens read, “With these shifts, it is possible and highly likely that digitalisation will happen quite rapidly in Africa, and bring about developmental changes on the continent. We need only look at the impact of cellphone technology and smartphones in Africa to see how innovation can leapfrog older technologies at an almost breathtaking speed.”