Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation has joined forces with LINAK and Sønderborg municipality to establish a new education facility at Alsion in Sønderborg. The facility will be known by the abbreviation CIS standing for Center for Industrial Software.
Facts about CIS
The aim is to enrol 55 students starting from 2023 – figure that will rise to 180 by 2029. Once fully up and running, CIS will educate more than 110 software engineers a year, ensuring that companies have access to the essential software skills necessary for continuing growth and competitiveness.
The new Centre will provide research facilities and engineering courses at diploma, bachelor, master, and PhD levels, as well as unique laboratory facilities and a world-class software research unit.
Experience in Electronics and Mechanics
The agreement was signed by the three parties on Dec. 1, 2022. They will be building on their past experience working together on the Centres for Industrial Electronics and Mechanics (CIE and CIM) which are increasing their student numbers on the Sønderborg campus. CIE and CIM have been a success, showing the power of industry, municipality and university coming together to create good, exciting educational environments.
With the establishment of CIS, SDU Sønderborg will have several complementary courses in electronics, mechanics, mechatronics and software. This will provide a wide range of synergies and competences in some of the key areas in which companies in the local area are world leaders. These areas include automation, e-mobility and energy efficiency.
With the new education facility, SDU will need more space at Alsion, and Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation has therefore bought the research park at Alsion in partnership with LINAK and leased it to SDU. The Foundation and LINAK have previously worked together on a similar solution when they built an extra wing for the university, which today houses CIE.
Software engineers are needed
The reason why Bitten & Mads Clausen’s Foundation, together with LINAK, has chosen to support the new vocational education facility in Sønderborg is the explosive development that is taking place in the last few years in areas such as digitalisation, robotics and new technologies. This has led to an increasing demand for highly trained software engineers for the companies located in the region, several of which are global market players. This is particularly true of Danfoss and LINAK.
Companies in Sønderborg currently take a leading position in these areas, and the aim of CIS is to support and expand this. Together with CIE and CIM, the new software education facility will attract and develop talented students, who, after graduation, will be able to join the companies and drive further development and growth. These students are innovative and future-oriented young people who are keen to find solutions for the green and sustainable transformation that businesses are helping to create.
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