ABB to support Zambia’s Electrical Engineering Education
Lusaka, Zambia, Nov. 25, 2015 – ABB announced today it will support the education of young Zambian engineers by providing high-tech equipment for a training substation of the School of Engineering at the University of Zambia.
“We are very glad to support skills and development requirements in the field of electrical engineering education, knowing that the potential for growth in Zambia and Africa as a whole is huge,” said ABB Group CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer while visiting Zambia to engage with senior government officials and industry stakeholders. “My visit to Zambia also demonstrates the overall importance of emerging markets in ABB’s Next Level strategy. In the next five years, ABB will drive profitable growth by shifting its center of gravity toward high-growth end markets, enhancing competitiveness and lowering risk in business models with an increased focus on Africa.”
ABB has committed to participate in a combined project with Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) Plc to support the initiative of the University of Zambia’s School of Engineering. The training substation will allow students to work on ABB equipment in their engineering lab. In addition, the program will allow every year two deserving students to receive two years’ practical experience at an ABB factory. The program will also sponsor ABB specialists to visit the University of Zambia annually to provide lectures on selected topics that will be jointly defined by ABB and the university. The topics will include among others, smart grids and solar technologies.
ABB, whose presence in Zambia dates back to the 1950s, has been investing resources and expertise in electrical projects in all parts of Zambia. As part of its commitment to the development of the country, ABB has provided, for example, specialized training on a bulk substation – RTU upgrade for engineers from the local utility ZESCO. The purpose of this training was to increase the knowledge and expertise of local engineers by developing their skills on ABB equipment in order for them to be able to work independently on the equipment in the future.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.
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