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International Business Partnership PACE supports state-of-the-art training at RWTH Aachen University

(PresseBox) (Aachen, ) Since 2006 RWTH Aachen University has profited from donations in kind as well as participation in conferences and student projects as a result from a yet unpublicized membership status with PACE (Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education), which will turn official on February 13 2008, 9.00 AM, in Aula 1 of RWTH’s main building (Templergraben 55) in a ceremony for the admission of RWTH Aachen University to the PACE community. PACE is a partnership of General Motors/Adam Opel GmbH, Hewlett Packard, Siemens PLM Software and Sun Microsystems for the improvement of the training of engineers and designers.

High-ranking representatives from politics, economics and science have accepted an invitation to speak at the ceremony: Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Deputy Prime Minister for the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen and Minister for Innovation, Science, Research and Technology, and Holger Kimmes, Executive Director Personnel & Social Affairs Adam Opel GmbH will contribute to the event among other executives.

We hereby cordially invite you as media representative to be present at this event and kindly ask you to document it in word and image.

In the second part of the main event, the focus will shift towards the technical contents of the collaboration; lectures will outline the challenge of collaborative product development within the global corporate GM, represented here by Adam Opel GmbH. Rounding off the event, involved RWTH institutions will present themselves and their activities towards the guests and interested RWTH students.

A detailed program for the admission of the RWTH into the PACE community can be found at: http://www.ikt.rwth-aachen.de/de/festakt.html Further information: http://www.pacepartners.org/publications.html.

The effective handling of tools such as CAD (Computer Aided Design) and PDM (Product Data Management) is fundamental knowledge for engineers in every discipline, which is why these topics have been introduced into the first semesters of engineering curricula. However, universities have difficulty keeping up with the "arms race" resulting from the rapid development of engineering software and its requirements on hardware due to limited funding. As a consequence, it often is necessary to give instruction on outdated systems or to limit access to such fundamental courses to a specialized group of students. With an eye on the needs of the automotive industry, PACE partners General Motors/Adam Opel GmbH and suppliers EDS, Hewlett Packard, Siemens PLM Software and Sun Microsystems - offers strategically selected Universities a solution to these problems by making software and even complete workstations and servers available under very favorable terms – a large part of that offer even is altogether free.

The responsible institution for the partnership of RWTH and PACE is the Institute for Engineering Design directed by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Feldhusen (winner of RWTH education award 2006).

"Knowledge of methods and tools of collaborative product development in global teams is eminently important for today’s engineers. Participating in PACE enables us to keep up excellence in education without having to compromise."

With its acceptance into PACE, RWTH Aachen joins a circle of world-renowned universities such as MIT, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech as well as other institutions in Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, South America, South Korea und Sweden.