Siemens hands over equip­ment to uni­ver­si­ties

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SIEMENS is hand­ing over equip­ment specif­i­cally re­lated to in­dus­trial au­to­ma­tion that en­ables in­te­grated en­gi­neer­ing to 13 en­gi­neer­ing fac­ul­ties at uni­ver­si­ties in Ghana, Tan­za­nia, Kenya and South Africa.

The Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion is hav­ing a dis­rup­tive ef­fect on economies and the de­vel­op­ment of dig­i­tal skills is vi­tal. There is an op­por­tu­nity, es­pe­cially in Africa, to em­brace new and ex­po­nen­tial tech­nolo­gies com­bined with hu­man tal­ent to ac­cel­er­ate in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and drive eco­nomic growth.

Ac­cord­ing to The Fu­ture of Jobs and Skills in Africa Re­port, re­leased by the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum (WEF), it is pre­dicted that 44% of all work ac­tiv­i­ties in Ethiopia are sus­cep­ti­ble to au­to­ma­tion, as are 46% in Nige­ria, 52% in Kenya and 41% in South Africa.

With this in mind, Siemens is hand­ing over equip­ment specif­i­cally re­lated to in­dus­trial au­to­ma­tion that en­ables in­te­grated en­gi­neer­ing to 13 en­gi­neer­ing fac­ul­ties at uni­ver­si­ties in Ghana, Tan­za­nia, Kenya and South Africa. This is part of the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able skills de­vel­op­ment across the con­ti­nent.

The value of the equip­ment is close to $400 000 (R4.7m).

Data col­lected by WEF in key African mar­kets shows em­ploy­ers across the re­gion iden­tify in­ad­e­quately skilled work forces as a ma­jor con­straint to their busi­nesses, in­clud­ing 41% of all firms in Tan­za­nia, 30% in Kenya, 9% in South Africa and 6% in Nige­ria. This pat­tern may get worse in the fu­ture. In South Africa alone, 39% of core skills re­quired across oc­cu­pa­tions will be wholly dif­fer­ent by 2020.

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