• The software will allow UQ students access to software used to design the Mars Curiosity rover.
    The software will allow UQ students access to software used to design the Mars Curiosity rover. Pixabay

Siemens has announced a software grant with an in-kind commercial value of over half a billion dollars to the University of Queensland (UQ).

The Siemens PLM software grant will provide UQ students access to the Siemens Digital Innovation platform.

The announcement was made by Siemens Australia Chairman and CEO Jeff Connolly at UQ’s Atrium in Brisbane, supported by Queensland’s Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk and Professor Høj, Vice Chancellor and President of UQ.

“Put simply, for Australia to take advantage of the opportunities that come with the fourth industrial revolution, we need to build a future workforce now, with the skills needed to participate – and that’s exactly what this grant is about, “Connolly said. “Partnerships such as this with the University of Queensland are critical to giving students exposure to digital technologies being used by leading companies globally.”

“I welcome the grant from Siemens into our State and look forward to their continued collaboration with our local researchers and students at University of Queensland to progress our industry not just in Australia, but globally,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

The announcement is linked to the recommendations and work of the Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce – an industry led group established to support improved bilateral relations between Australia and Germany.

This is the fourth in a broader strategic program of software grants, which to date have included Swinburne University of Technology, University of WA, and University of SA.

Professor Peter Høj, Vice-Chancellor and President of UQ said the partnership would ensure students were prepared for the evolving nature of the workforce.

 “A civil engineering project team will be able to test city traffic flows and use artificial intelligence to adjust the model in response to new scenarios, while physiotherapy students could use design and simulation tools to develop rehabilitation programs to optimise patient recovery.

“This partnership will equip our students with the tools that are being used to design and develop everything from Space X to the Mars Curiosity Rover, Maserati Ghibli and other world-leading innovations,” Professor Høj said.

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