Global technology leader Siemens announced in November a $447 million grant to the University of Western Australia.The UWA announcement follows on from a similar grant made to Swinburne University of Technology, and like the Swinburne grant, is made in the form of license to proprietary software rather than cash.The industrial software investment is a critical enabler in preparing students for a highly digitalised work environment.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater noted that в "the software grant from Siemens is a remarkable contribution to the education of UWA students, now and into the future.UWA wants to enhance its reputation as an institution of tomorrow; a place that empowers and equips students for the careers of the future."
This investment supports UWA's activities in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry. UWA, in partnership with Chevron, won the BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration in R&D in November 2017. Professor Eric May (Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering) describes LNG as "crucial to the world's future prosperity and its energy needs". Part of UWA's plan includes establishing a LNG Futures Facility which includes a digital twin of a LNG plant, allowing users to train in a realistic virtual facility.
"In the area of natural gas processing, which is incredibly important to our state, it will allow Australian innovators access to facilities essential for technology development. Such capabilities will help transition Australia's resource industries beyond export of raw materials and into the delivery of knowledge, expertise and innovation." Professor May said.
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