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ABB has invested in a number of local educational initiatives “to continue the cycle of learning, to transfer skills, aid with resources and provide the expertise to guide the next generation”. One of these is a partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand Technology Centre.

ABB invests in education

The University of the Witwatersrand Technology Centre, known as the Tshimologong Precinct, is a digital technology centre, inspired by the Kendal Square Initiative in Boston, US, and the East London Tech City in London's East End. Centrally located in Braamfontein, the centre serves as a platform for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 growth. ABB provides seed funding for technology transfer projects and application of its own technologies in the African economic context, and the University has partnerships in the Southern African Development Community (SADEC) region. Together, they aim to foster growth, initiate conversations and transfer learnings.

“We are excited that our social investment will offer young people access to the digital economy and provide the opportunity for ABB to contribute towards industrial automation and digital technology in the region. It also provides us the opportunity to interact with future business and entrepreneurial leaders, who are brimming with bright ideas. As businesses we are responsible to shape the future by mentoring those that follow us,” says Leon Viljoen, MD of ABB Southern Africa.

ABB Ability is being used to show young digital technology graduates, researchers, developers and entrepreneurs the applications that ABB has for the digital future in manufacturing, agriculture, marine utilities, food and beverage, and mining. “ABB's involvement could help to extend the centre's reach into Southern Africa, enabling these countries to benefit from Industry 4.0. This could potentially divert attention away from global research centres to Africa, helping to elevate Africa’s research and development capabilities,” the company said in a statement.

Another educational initiative on ABB’s part is the ABB Jürgen Dormann Foundation for Engineering Education. The foundation provides scholarships to talented engineering students for their first academic degree. The scolarships are reserved for those students that can prove a high standard of academic achievement and who need financial support to be able to continue their studies. Scholarships are awarded for a maximum of five years of study.

“Giving back, educating and providing tools and re-sources to the community, is the legacy of a company, and ABB’s 110-year African heritage is proof that giving back should be the very fabric of any entity, large or small,” the company says.

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