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Connected Curriculum

Partnering academia and industry

The UK is home to world class Universities and many leading innovators. As we move into the fourth Industrial revolution we see are seeing a new era of complex technologies. Connected Curriculum aims to bring academia and industry together by integrating Siemens' and Festo's industry 4.0 technology into university curriculum.


Since its launch in 2019 Connected Curriculum has partnered with eight UK universities, supporting academic staff to tailor industrial hardware, software and learning materials to meet the needs of their students.   

Connected Curriculum brings industrial hardware and software together in to an off-the-shelf bundle that includes siemens software, curriculum examples, case studies, and real-life problem-solving tutorials. It aims to provide students industrial experience through Siemens and Festo automation technologies during their degree, knowledge that would not typically be gained until a STEM graduate enters the working world. The Connected Curriculum course offers students access to Siemens simulation software including NX Mechatronics Concept Design, Tecnomatix Plant Simulation, PLCSIM Advanced and TIA Portal. Students will also gain insight in to how these are applied in a digital world, getting to grips with MindSphere and Digital Twins.

The university academics and the Connected Curriculum team at Siemens work together to provide a well rounded education. Siemens have developed lecture content and practical projects around the subject of industrial automation to fit seamlessly into the existing university syllabus. These are delivered to the students by the academics with Siemens involved throughout to assist with technical help and engage with the students in project meetings.

Connected Curriculum Partner – Festo

Siemens and Festo are working together to integrate their cutting edge industry 4.0 technology into university curriculum. Festo is a worldwide leader in automation and a world market leader in technical training and development. Festo offer training hardware integrated with Siemens technology to create off the shelf bundles for Industrial applications.

Our Connected Curriculum partner universities

  • The University of Sheffield
  • Middlesex University
  • Manchester Metroplitan University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Teesside University
  • Coventry University
  • Exeter University
  • Salford University
The collaboration with Siemens enables case studies, real-life problem solving and hands-on learning with the ultimate goal to minimise the knowledge gap between leaving university and embarking on a career in industry.  
Dr Payam Soulatiantork The University of Sheffield 
Manchester Met is proud to be part of this fantastic initiative to train the engineers of the future. It’s these engineers who will be driving the fourth industrial revolution and this collaboration between academics and industry is a real example of working together to bridge the digital skills gap. 
Dr Aris Christos Alexoulis Chrysovergis Manchester Metropolitan University 
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