PTC Donates Software Valued At $180 Million Dollars To 200 Chinese Secondary Vocational Schools
PTC signs an agreement with the Ministry of Education，actively working with Chinese vocational education institutions to train students to address skills shortage
NEEDHAM, MA. - July 8, 2010 - PTC (Nasdaq:PMTC), the Product Development Company®, has announced the expansion of its technological literacy movement in China by the signing of a software donation agreement with the Department of Vocational and Adult Education of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (MOE). According to the agreement, PTC will offer Pro/ENGINEER® Schools version software to a pilot group of 200 secondary vocational schools under the MOE. The commercial value of this donation is US$180 million. In addition to the software, PTC is providing its comprehensive education program that includes curriculum, project-based materials, teacher resources, and online learning. These materials center around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. PTC and the Ministry are committed to rolling out the program to all the secondary vocational schools throughout China to encourage and support students to excel in STEM subjects.
MOE actively encourages and supports institutions to promote the implementation of the PTC Education Program, using Pro/ENGINEER software for teaching practice. Ge Daokai, Director of the Department of Vocational and Adult Education of MOE said, "We are very pleased to work with enterprises like PTC. PTC actively responds to the call of 'independent innovation', helping China's vocational education and industrial enterprises to train innovative engineering talents. We hope to see more companies joining together to cultivate the next generation of globalized engineers and technicians to enhance the innovation capacity of Chinese enterprises as well as the competitiveness of their products in the globalized economy. "
"In the current global economic crisis, China's manufacturing industry has shown unprecedented vitality and growth, becoming the driving force for the world's economic development. In order to continue this growth a large number of skilled individuals are required. We are very pleased to work closely with the Ministry of Education and provide the initial batch of 200 secondary vocational schools with our rigorous education program," said Greg Sisk, senior director, Asia Pacific & Emerging Geographies Education Programs, PTC, "This will provide more educational and career development opportunities to Chinese students. As a leader in the PLM industry, it is our responsibility to help train future engineers with a solid theoretical foundation as well as relevant practical skills necessary for success in the 21st century. By capitalizing on the depth and breadth of PTC's education program, students will get the best engineering education available. The long term impact of PTC's education program in China is that the skill levels of the entire PLM industry will increase dramatically, which is a win for all."
This MOU signing is a continuation of PTC's long and rich relationship with MOE. Since 1995, PTC has been working with MOE to provide its software and training to academic institutions. In 2007, PTC and MOE formalized their relationship with a commitment from PTC to assist in developing China's engineering education. Over 2000 high schools are already participating in PTC's education program. Starting in 2008, PTC has also developed several strategic relationships with top tier universities, including Tsinghua University, Beijing Institute of Technology and Tongji University, for teaching and research purposes.
About PTC's Global Education Program
PTC's education program provides teachers and professors with complete learning solutions to prepare a new generation for success in a technological world. From secondary school to the university level, PTC offers students the best product development education by providing software, training and teaching materials to educators worldwide. PTC's education program is one part of the technological literacy movement that seeks to improve critical thinking and multidimensional problem-solving skills as well as preparing a growing number of students to become engineers.
About the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China & the Deprtment of Vocational and Adult Education
The Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China is component departments of the State Council which in charge of education and the language work. Department of Vocational and Adult Education is mainly responsible for vocational education overall planning, comprehensive coordination and macro-management; draw out curriculum list and basic teaching requirements of secondary vocational education; draw out secondary vocational schools setting standards in conjunction with relevant development; guide secondary vocational education reform and teaching materials construction; guide teacher training of secondary vocational schools; take on the macro-guidance work of education and eliminate illiteracy among young adults.
PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) provides discrete manufacturers with software and services to meet the globalization, time-to-market and operational efficiency objectives of product development. Using the company's PLM and CAD solutions, organizations in the Industrial, High-Tech, Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Retail & Consumer and Medical industries are able to support key business objectives and create innovative products that meet customer needs and comply with industry regulations. For more information on PTC, please visit http://www.ptc.com
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