PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company(TM), today announced that 23 universities and technical colleges in the State of North Rhine Westphalia have teamed up using Pro/ENGINEER and Windchill for critical engineering education. Up to 45,000 engineering students per year can be trained on PTC solutions. The Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH Aachen University), one of the leading technical universities in Europe, is driving the project by deploying Pro/ENGINEER for 3D product design and Windchill for content and process management within the North Rhine Westphalian Resource Network.
Universities have a critical need to complement traditional engineering curricula with collaboration skills required by international multi-site engineering projects. However, more and more European universities face constraints in budget and teaching resources, which make it difficult for the schools to deliver the training necessary to compete in today's highly competitive global manufacturing environment. To meet these challenges, universities and colleges are looking for new and more efficient learning concepts that add flexibility and bandwidth to traditional methods. PTC enables up to 10,000 parallel users to work with Pro/ENGINEER and 5,000 users to access PTC-University with Windchill and Pro/ENGINEER training courses and teaching material for students and teaching staff.
"The use of digital design and collaboration tools is becoming a key element of engineering training curricula. To be able to participate in globally distributed projects, engineers have to be proficient both in the use of digital modelling and collaboration tools," said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jorg Feldhusen, Dean of the Institute for Engineering Design at RWTH Aachen University and project leader in the country's Resources Network. "With Pro/ENGINEER we can provide our engineering students with access to mechanical design software that represents the state-of-the-art in modelling capability and associativity with downstream processes. And with Windchill, our students learn to apply project collaboration as best practices in engineering and cross-discipline processes. The additional use of the PTC-University learning platform expands our traditional teaching offerings to innovative E-learning methods and curricula within a blended learning model."
"We believe it is essential to offer leading technology which can contribute to the education of the next generation of highly skilled engineers, as they will help the industry to stay competitive by keeping the high level of expertise to develop innovative products," said John Stuart, senior vice president, Global Partners & Education, PTC. "Our product development system is a great solution to support the needs of universities in complete alignment with the needs of our customers. In addition E-Learning has a remarkable potential to support the objective of increasing training bandwidth in spite of cost pressures."
About RWTH Aachen
The Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Aachen Hochschule (RWTH Aachen University) is recognized as one of the best technical universities in Central Europe. The university is committed to deliver the latest technology skills used in the industry. For more information: http://www-zhv.rwth-aachen.de/zentral/english_aboutrwth.html. For details of the product development network for distributed locations (ProVerStand): www.proverstand.de (in German Language only)
PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) provides leading product lifecycle management (PLM), content management and dynamic publishing solutions to more than 40,000 companies worldwide. PTC customers include the world's most innovative companies in manufacturing, publishing, services, government and life sciences industries. PTC is included in the S&P500 and Russell 2000 indices. For more information on PTC, please visit http://www.ptc.com.
Except for the historical information contained herein, matters discussed in this news release may constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include: the success of our initiatives to facilitate our customer's understanding of the benefits of our PLM solutions, including return on investment and value creation; the ability of our education and training programs to bolster the adoption of our software solutions, including Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire; the success of our partnering, distribution and customer satisfaction initiatives together with those that are detailed in reports filed by PTC with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q.
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