The three-year agreement includes internships, industry 4.0 projects and curricula to propel Singapore into an advanced manufacturing hub.

American industrial technology company Zebra Technologies Corporation has announced the signing of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Singapore Polytechnic as part of the latter institution’s Advanced Manufacturing Partners Network that serves to benefit more than 240 Singapore Polytechnic students with a Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Diploma in Computer Engineering.

The Singapore Polytechnic Advanced Manufacturing Partners Network seeks to build a growing and sustainable eco-system of like-minded industry leaders like Zebra Technologies, to achieve its vision of supporting Singapore’s Advanced Manufacturing initiatives.

“Contributing to 20 – 25% of Singapore’s GDP, the manufacturing sector is a key pillar of Singapore’s economy. Singapore’s vision to become a global hub for Advanced Manufacturing has spurred a transformational desire for the manufacturing sector to digitalize,” said Toh Ser Khoon, Director of Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.“Singapore Polytechnic recognizes the importance of building a pipeline of talent to ensure that the current and future workforce is equipped with the skill sets and competencies to develop and manage Advanced Manufacturing solutions. As a tertiary institution with over 65 years of heritage, Singapore Polytechnic is well-positioned to support the country’s drive to become an Advanced Manufacturing hub.”

The collaboration between Zebra Technologies and Singapore Polytechnic will take place across multiple fronts, including: student-internship opportunities; co-development of Industry 4.0 projects and solutions that will benefit local enterprises; showcasing of Advanced Manufacturing solutions and possibilities with learning factories; co-development of curriculum related to Advanced Manufacturing; and the marketing of Advanced Manufacturing-related engineering education and careers to current and future students.

Said Lim Fang-How, regional director for Southeast Asia, Zebra Technologies: “With high-value advanced manufacturing being a critical pillar of the sector’s transformation, our work with Singapore Polytechnic is a positive step toward ensuring a pipeline of skilled talent, that is attuned to the industry’s future needs. Zebra Technologies is committed to sharing our expertise to prepare Singapore’s next-generation workforce. Building the requisite skills for Advanced Manufacturing is critical as the nation gears up to be the region’s global hub in this space.”