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20.03.2020
On 16.03.2020 Elke Büdenbender officially took over the patronage for the VDMA initiative "Skilled Workers for Africa" during a meeting in Bellevue Castle
18.03.2020
IHK is canceling exams. Vocational schools close. What companies can do.
20.02.2020
13 VDMA member companies took part in the business initiation trip to Ethiopia from 10 to 13 February 2020 initiated by the Association. During the B2B talks, the factory visits and the symposium in Addis Ababa, there were signs of increased investment in finishing.
17.02.2020
On February 3, 2020, the first run of the "Mechatronics Technician" training program started at the CITF Training Center in Botswana as part of the "Skilled Workers for Africa" initiative
13.02.2020
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
07.02.2020
The VDMA Services GmbH is organizing the fourth exchange of experience in Kenya in February 2020.
06.02.2020
Using influencers to recruit young people - but how? The VDMA is currently gathering initial experience with its YouTube campaign.
27.01.2020
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.
14.01.2020
Your help is needed - let us know your figures on dual studies by 31 January 2020! Companies that do not yet offer a dual study programme are also invited to participate.
06.01.2020
From November 17th to November 21st 2019, the second makeathon on the African continent took place with the SMART GREEN BOTSWANA MAKEATHON
19.12.2019
In November 2019, the VDMA welcomed a delegation from Botswana within its initiative "Skilled Workers for Africa"
02.12.2019
Mechanical and plant engineering continues to set new records for engineering employment. This is shown by the new VDMA engineering survey, which is carried out every three years.
12.11.2019
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.
29.10.2019
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.
16.09.2019
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.
03.09.2019
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.
23.08.2019
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!
07.08.2019
The mechanical engineering sector continues to have a high training rate compared with the man-ufacturing sector. However, more and more vocational training places remain vacant.
Training year 2019 starts with 34,000 vacancies in mechanical engineering VDMA members particularly committed to young talent
12.07.2019
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.
Appeal to the universities: Change process must be given top priority - Rapid adaptation of curricula and better teaching equipment necessary
21.06.2019
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.
19.06.2019
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.
06.06.2019
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.
22.05.2019
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.
16.05.2019
The Faculty of Industrial Technologies of the Tuttlingen campus of the Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences successfully completes the nacelle transfer project in cooperation with the VDMA.
08.05.2019
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.
19.03.2019
Invitation to the conference and a tour of the "Innovation Center" of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG; June 24/25, 2019, Heidelberg
08.03.2019
Study of the IMPULS Foundation on Engineering Education for Industry 4.0
19.02.2019
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.
13.02.2019
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.
07.02.2019
On Thursday in Tübingen, in the presence of the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, the Young Mechanical Engineers Foundation was officially presented at an official opening ceremony attended by more than 100 invited guests from industry, politics and science.
15.01.2019
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
11.12.2018
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.
26.10.2018
The next exchange of experience for university representatives will take place on 6 December 2018 at the VDMA in Frankfurt.
30.08.2018
Mechanical engineering industry supports the development of sustainable economic structures - Only 2 percent of machine exports go to Africa
26.04.2018
Für seine Initiative „Fachkräfte für Afrika“ hat der VDMA jüngst einen wichtigen lokalen Partner, die Kenya Association of Manufacturers,als Mitstreiter gewonnen.
22.12.2017
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.
23.10.2017
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.
04.05.2016
The jury of the VDMA University Award 2017 consists of 20 jurors from science and universities, companies, associations and initiatives as well as politics.
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Exchange of experience nacelle - Innovative teaching concepts for industry 4.0
The ERFA Maschinenhaus offers interested university and company representatives a platform for exchange. The focus topic on 12 May is "Innovative teaching concepts for industry 4.0 - the winners of the VDMA University Award for Best Machine House 2019".
Number of mechanical engineers at record level
Mechanical and plant engineering continues to set new records for engineering employment. This is shown by the new VDMA engineering survey, which is carried out every three years.
The Institute of Mechanical Engineering - Your partner for professional development
For more than 40 years, the VDMA's Institute of Mechanical Engineering has been a partner for the professional development of specialists and managers in mechanical and plant engineering.