Analysis of 1700 questionnaires shows deficits in specialist knowledge about industry 4.0 Universities must develop curricula for industry 4.0 Employees must be prepared for digital change through further training strategies
In Spring of 2020, the "Nachwuchsstiftung Maschinenbau", a foundation supported by the VDMA e.V., will open the new premises of the training centre in Obajana, Nigeria, together with its Nigerian partner "Dangote Foundation". The final preparations are in full swing.
Developing new ideas for teaching together with an external perspective: On 12 November 2019, the nacelle transfer project of the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau (VDMA - German Engineering Federation) will start in cooperation with the mechanical engineering course at Hof University of Applied Sciences.
Mainfranken has the best German "Maschinenhaus": The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences has won the fourth VDMA University Award. A total of 125,000 euros in prize money was distributed.
Universities are important players in helping to shape digital change. But the universities are also part of the change process. So what will higher education look like in the future? On 29 October 2019, around 45 representatives from universities and companies discussed this topic in the run-up to the award ceremony.
The jury has decided: Four universities will have the chance to be named "Best Machine House 2019" at the award ceremony on 29 October 2019 in Berlin. You are already guaranteed 20,000 euros in prize money.
Today, technical knowledge is a fundamental component of general education. However, a comprehensive analysis of the curricula at general schools, which the VDMA has carried out in all the federal states, shows that the curricula of general education are not the same: The vast majority of young people can finish school without ever coming into contact with a proven technical education.
The number of employees has been increasing for years - what about the engineering quota? Statistics from the Federal Employment Agency are not sufficient here. Your numbers are still in demand and important until 15.09!
This is the fourth time that the VDMA has awarded a university prize for good teaching as part of its initiative "Maschinenhaus - Platform for Innovative Teaching". The award ceremony for the "Best Machine House 2019" will take place this year on 29 October in Berlin.
After the successful pilot project with the study course mechanical engineering of the HTW Berlin, now three further study courses with support of the federation want to set the correct course for the future.
Interdisciplinary teaching will become increasingly important in the engineering sciences in the future due to Industry 4.0. On 13 June 2019, around 45 representatives from universities and companies discussed the framework conditions that are necessary and the challenges that interdisciplinary teaching entails.
From the point of view of the VDMA, the resolution of 6 June on the continuation of the science pacts by the heads of government of the federal and state governments is an important political signal for the importance of higher education teaching. However, the science pacts are still a long way from achieving equivalence between research and teaching: the scope of funding for teaching remains far behind that of research.
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering at Coburg University of Applied Sciences wants to set the course for the future with the support of the association and thus meet the challenges of digitisation.
Machinery house transfer project starts at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences. What impact does the technological upheaval have on engineering education? The Koblenz University of Applied Sciences and the VDMA are jointly finding and discussing sustainable ideas for teaching in mechanical engineering and information technology.
Frankfurt am Main/Mannheim, April 24, 2019 - On April 24, 2019, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences will hold its kick-off workshop for the nacelle transfer project of the German Engineering Federation (VDMA).
In the competition for young talent, mechanical engineering has a major disadvantage: pupils often do not know our apprenticeships. Somebody has to tell them about this. Why not your trainee? The VDMA offers the appropriate training.
Fewer and fewer young people are interested in vocational training. More and more training places remain vacant. Today, companies have to recruit junior trainees at an early stage. The VDMA's new "Guide for the Promotion of Young Talent" shows how this can be done.
During the German-African Business Summit, which took place from 11 to 13 February 2019 in the Ghanaian capital Accra, Federal Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller presented the "German Entrepreneur Award for Development" to HAWE Hydraulic SE.
As part of the initiative "Maschinenhaus - Plattform für innovative Lehre", we offer as a prize the 4th VDMA University Prize. With this award we would like to honour outstanding teaching concepts which stand for more academic success and thus set an example for the importance of teaching.
Study by the IMPULS Foundation for Engineering Education for Industry 4.0 develops the first target profile for engineers in industry 4.0 Appeal to universities: Making teaching more interdisciplinary New competencies: Computer Science, Data Science and Data Security
Interdisciplinary competences, also called key competences, are an important part of the qualification goals of study programmes and are currently gaining in importance due to Industry 4.0. On 6 December 2018, around 40 university representatives and company representatives took part in the "Maschinenhaus" experience exchange to discuss and debate these.
Despite (still) rising student numbers in computer science, the high drop-out rates are a cause for concern. In order to meet the demand for IT specialists in industry 4.0, the quality of teaching must be further improved. The VDMA nacelle initiative is committed to this and will include the field of computer science in the next project phase.
We, the education department of the VDMA, support our members in all matters relating to the recruitment of junior staff, schools, training, studies and further education and serve as a bridge to education policy. Here you will find the right contact person for your topic and your question.
Every three years, the VDMA asks its member companies about the number and type of engineers they employ, their expectations for the future and other data and facts relating to engineering. Here you will find the engineering surveys of recent years.
Pupils often do not know mechanical engineering professions. Someone has to tell them about it. More and more companies are using their own apprentices for this purpose. The VDMA offers the appropriate training courses for this purpose.
The foundation for the fascination with technology and for the interest in technical professions is already laid at school. It is therefore important to interest young people in technology in this crucial phase of their lives and to encourage their natural curiosity and creativity.
In February 2018, the first training courses of VDMA’s technical vocational training project in Kenya will start. VDMA is implementing these courses in Kenya within the framework of its “Skilled Workers for Africa” Initiative. Following the successful project Kick-off event in October 2017, VDMA and its local partner training center - Centurion Systems Limited - presented the training program at a Stakeholder workshop in Nairobi.
Based on a close cooperation with the Botswana Ministry of Education, we are paving the way for technical vocational education and training in the areas of control technology, hydraulics and mechatronics
The food market in Kenya is developing at a rapid pace. With a practice-oriented vocational education program and further technical training for the employees of the Kenyan food industry, VDMA- Initiative makes an important contribution to meeting the high demand for
qualified skilled workers in this sector.
Together with the Dangote Group, VDMA is establishing a training center in Obajana, which focuses on technical vocational education and training in the fields of mechanics, electronics and mechatronics. The training is based on the German model of dual track education system.
Interested companies can participate in the initiative in a variety of ways - for instance:
by making use of the training program, by providing equipment or by organizing study tours
or training the trainers / instructors.
The core of the VDMA-Initiative is to offer technical vocational education and further training for skilled workers which is geared towards the needs of the local industry in cooperation with local partners, organizations and the private sector.
The VDMA maintains a diverse range of services and advice for its member companies, but also for universities and media representatives in the field of science policy and engineering studies. Here is an overview of our services for these three groups.
The largest German industry association VDMA and the Kenyan technology service provider Centurion have launched a joint project to support the Kenyan food processing industry by providing training and sharing expert advice and experience.
The VDMA is sceptical about the establishment of tenure-track professorships through the federal-state programme for young scientists in the engineering sciences. These do not help attract seasoned industrial researchers for university professorships.
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