ABB establishes Automation Technology Training Center in Shenzhen

Partners with Shenzhen Polytechnic Institute to train vocational talents for the automation industry

Shenzhen, January 19, 2011 –ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today signed a framework agreement with Shenzhen Polytechnic Institute to jointly establish the ABB (China) Automation Technology Training Center. As part of the agreement, ABB will provide support to aid in the setup of the Automation Technology Teaching and Training Room. With its advanced equipment and experts, ABB will help the school to jointly develop automation courses and teaching materials, while providing on-site opportunities for students, so as to accelerate the training of high level technicians with the necessary skills to succeed in the automation industry.

Tobias Becker, head of the Process Automation Division, ABB North Asia Region and ABB China, said at the signing ceremony, “Quality technicians who possess extensive knowledge, operating skills, and experience are key to the high-end manufacturing sector. ABB attaches great importance to the training of skilled technicians and has partnered with schools in Chongqing and Xiamen to provide expertise and professional skills. We hope that through our cooperation with the Shenzhen Polytechnic Institute, we will produce more technicians with practical skills who will have a positive impact on local communities. “

Yang Runhui, Vice President of the Shenzhen Polytechnic Institute, said: “Our school is one of the first institutions for higher learning to focus on providing high-level vocational training in China. Through this partnership, both parties will follow the principles of corporate-school interaction, combining industry and research, promoting academic exchange and talent development. We believe this cooperation will not only boost our technical expertise and teaching strength, but also create a model for skilled technician development in the automation industry in China.”

According to the agreement, both parties will work together to establish the ABB Automation Technology Teaching and Training Room. The company will provide DCS and other high-end automation devices to improve the practical ability of the students and help them master leading automation knowledge and skills.

In addition, ABB and the school will jointly develop curriculum and relevant courseware for the automation applications to help students master useful industry knowledge such as DCS project, new energy applications. At present, the parties have initiated a 48-session optional course – the DCS Engineering Project. The content of the course will be upgraded in accordance with industry development. ABB’s technical experts will provide regular training for teachers and students, while also helping in the development of teaching materials. At the signing ceremony, the Shenzhen Polytechnic Institute awarded certificates to three ABB senior engineers as part-time teachers of the school.

Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to visit ABB plants in Guangzhou and Xiamen to experience a first-class automation working environment, laying a solid foundation for their future careers.

ABB has long advocated the corporate-school partnership for technician training in China. Beginning in 2007, ABB has cooperated with Chongqing Mechanism Technician College and Xiamen Technician school to establish ABB Classes, combining technical education and enterprise demands for skilled talent development. In January 2010, ABB cooperated with Beijing Jiaotong University to set up the ABB Electrified Railway Training Center, contributing to talent development in China’s high-speed electrified railway sector in support of the overall development of the industry.

Supporting education is a key part of ABB’s corporate social responsibility program. Since 2005, ABB has donated RMB 1 million annually to the ABB-New Great Wall Fund for College Students. The fund finances and supports college students majoring in the fields of power and automation – thereby enabling them to complete their studies. In total, ABB has provided more than RMB 6 million to this initiative, benefiting over 1500 students at 37 colleges.

Founded in 1993, Shenzhen Polytechnic Institute is a full-time technical training school, and one of the first national technical training model schools in China. The institute has a variety of schools and departments, with curriculum in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Electronic and Information Engineering, Applied Chemistry and Biological Technology, and Construction and Environment Engineering, while overseeing the Industry Training Center for teaching and technical skill training.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with almost 16,000 employees, 30 joint ventures and wholly owned companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 60 cities.

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