The Chief Executive of Siemens UK, Juergen Maier, was special guest at a ceremony to officially open the newly expanded engineering facilities at the University of Lincoln, UK.
The event at the Engineering Hub on the University’s main Brayford Campus on Thursday 8th September 2016 celebrated the award-winning partnership between the University and Siemens.
Lincoln’s School of Engineering was the first dedicated facility of its kind to be created in the UK in more than two decades, welcoming its first students in 2011. The result of a pioneering collaboration between University of Lincoln and Siemens, it has won a series of national awards and accolades as an example of how industry and academic can work together, including a prestigious Lord Stafford Award.
The expansion of the Engineering Hub provides additional training spaces and offices for Siemens, as well as new academic spaces for staff and students. The shared facilities further consolidate the unique partnership between the University of Lincoln and Siemens.
Lincoln is one of only 16 universities around the world to hold Siemens global Principal Partner status. The Research and Development Framework pioneered by the University and Siemens provides an innovative approach to collaboration on producing new technologies and is now being rolled out to other partners.
Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “The opening of the Engineering Hub development is another important milestone in the resurgence of science and engineering in Lincolnshire. At the University of Lincoln, we are expanding and growing our relationship with Siemens and we are serving the need for engineering and science graduates. Our strong partnership is recognised nationally as a blueprint for how academia and industry can work together to drive education, innovation and economic growth. We are delighted that Juergen Maier, UK Chief Executive of Siemens, was able to join us for this landmark event.
“Now ranked in the top ten nationally for student satisfaction, we are proud to be a university going from strength to strength. We are also proud of the very positive impact that this continues to have on the prosperity of the Lincolnshire region as we grow and invest in infrastructure to support education, research and industry, not just in the centre of Lincoln but across the county.”
Juergen Maier, Chief Executive of Siemens UK, said: “It is a pleasure and an honour to open these new facilities. They highlight the enormous progress that has been made as part of the special partnership between Siemens and the University of Lincoln. It is truly remarkable what has been accomplished here; in terms of training excellence, research and development, and academic achievement.
“Lincoln is a very special place for engineering because while everyone else is talking about the development of industrial strategy in the UK, when you come here you can actually see it in action. It is happening right here in Lincoln.”
The official opening of the Engineering Hub extension took place on the same day that Juergen Maier received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lincoln, in recognition of his contribution to the engineering sector.
He began working for Siemens as a Production Engineer in 1986, and has gone on to hold a number of senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2014.