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The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) department of Industrial Engineering and Continental Tires have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding whereby the department will develop and provide short learning programmes to the international offices of this leading tyre giant.

The department will offer Industrial Engineering related courses to the staff in the Continental plant in Hannover as well as South America and Asia with the pilot course being offered in January 2013.

“This is a first for our department and we are extremely proud to have the resources and capacity to offer programmes that are internationally recognised and sought after,” said Dr Ann Lourens, Head of the department of Industrial Engineering. “We are inspired by the desire to promote and strengthen existing bilateral relations and co-operation in the field of education and seek to encourage and further develop relationships with our industry partners,” she continued.

Industrial Engineering focuses on systematically increasing operating performance, reducing costs, increasing reliability, improving cycle time to market and ultimately meeting and exceeding customer requirements. It is also concerned with planning, organising, leading and controlling resources and processes within a production or service-related industry. Continental Tires will benefit immensely by offering this programme to their staff as it will ultimately assist in faster production and higher quality of their products. The ability to bring about a positive change in any organisation is unique to the Industrial Engineering profession.

“We have chosen NMMU because the Industrial Engineering department has presented a number of successful short courses to our colleagues and many of the graduates from the School of Engineering at NMMU are now in management positions,” said Mr Andreas Wulf: Head of Industrial Engineering at Continental Tire. “We are also impressed with the level of collaboration that the School of Engineering currently has with the automotive industry as this proves that they are up to date with the needs of our sector,” he continued.

Posted on 21 June 2013 11:44:37

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