March 9, 2021
Humber College and Siemens Canada have announced the next chapter in their decades-long partnership through a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU). The organizations plan to address the challenges facing the Canadian economy including the pandemic, shifting demographics, urbanization, climate change and sustainability. The development and deployment of technologies by a skilled and well-trained workforce is critical for Canada, and this partnership will continue to prepare graduates for these roles.
“We know that higher education-industry collaboration is vital to producing the workforce of the future. One of the best ways to prepare students to become career-ready citizens is to provide them with opportunities to work and collaborate with community and industry partners,” said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO, Humber College. “With a rapidly evolving workforce, particularly during an ongoing global pandemic, we need our partners more than ever to help us give students access to the latest technology and training in and out of classrooms and labs.“
Together with Siemens, Humber will provide experiential learning opportunities for students, combining industry expertise, data-driven strategies and a multidisciplinary approach to program development focused on solving real-world problems.
“Working with Siemens as a part of the Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy program while studying at Humber College has provided me with real industry experience, and has allowed me to develop job skills that will help me in my future career,” said Ty Wilhelm, Electromechanical Engineering Technology student.
The MOU outlines how Humber and Siemens will enhance academic curriculum and applied research and learning opportunities. Humber will leverage Siemens’ domain and technological expertise combined with its vast and product portfolio while focusing on student engagement and knowledge sharing in specific areas of mutual interest including:
- – Smart buildings and the energy efficient digital campus
- – Microgrid and sustainable energy generation, storage and management
- – Industry 4.0 applications for the enablement of smart, safe factories
- – Digital transformation and Internet of Things innovation
- – Trainings and joint training offerings to market (Mechatronics)
- – Hackathons for bridging Industry and Academia on latest digital technologies and trends
- – Work-Integrated Learning opportunities (i.e. Co-op and Engineering internships)
“The pandemic has significantly accelerated the adoption of digital technologies in our everyday lives, and so too is the case with Canadian industries,” said Faisal Kazi, President & CEO, Siemens Canada. “In order to tackle the economic, resource and climate challenges that lie ahead, industry and academia must fast-track and test currently available technologies and prepare students with the skills to deploy them. Our partnership helps bridge this gap and we’re honoured to have a like-minded partner in Humber College.”
This latest partnership continues a strong tradition of joint educational and technological ventures between Humber and Siemens. Siemens‘ smart building automation solutions have been deployed at Humber’s Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation and in early March 2020, the two organizations held their first Hackathon for students based on raw energy data from the building.