The agreement was signed by Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Energy Middle East, and His Excellency Mubarak Saeed Al Shamsi, Deputy Director General of Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET), at a ceremony on September 4
The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and Dr Michael Suess, global CEO of Siemens Energy and Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG.
The three-year sponsorship program includes training for 40 secondary school students from the United Arab Emirates, with a focus on practical subjects such as mechanical and electrical maintenance and welding. The students will receive training at both institutions.
“It is a core principle of Siemens to invest in the development and education of local
talent,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Energy, Middle East. “We believe it is our responsibility to help develop talent in the Middle East, and this agreement to sponsor 40 students is the latest in a series of Siemens programs that inspire,
educate and train students across the region.”
Additionally, 30 Emirati students will be certified by Siemens as mechatronics machine operators and technicians following the implementation of the Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program at Abu Dhabi Polytechnic. In another initiative, 36 Saudi Arabian students are currently undergoing a Siemens-sponsored three-year electrical and mechanical vocational training scheme at Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic.
Other Siemens educational and training projects across the Middle East include the Siemens Experiment Kit, distributed in Oman, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which teaches school-age children the basics of power production and management, conservation and efficiency.
The prestigious Siemens Student Award, now in its second year, also challenges Middle Eastern university students to develop solutions to real-world issues affecting the region, and finalists are currently being shortlisted.