Toronto, Ontario – October 3, 2018 – Humber College and KUKA Canada Inc. (KUKA) are entering into a five-year partnership agreement focused on bringing the latest robotics technology to Humber and working together on robotics systems integration applications.
KUKA Canada Inc. will make significant investments in robotic equipment, advanced software and contribute to curriculum development for Humber, with financial contributions each year for five years.
Humber will receive two state-of-the-art and Industry 4.0 ready collaborative robots as part of the partnership. These will complement the college’s extensive collection of robotic technology and will be housed within Humber’s Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (CTI), the college’s hub for bringing industry and education together.
In addition, Humber will also have access to KUKA Canada Inc. virtual reality and simulation technology that will assist small- and medium-sized enterprises developing applications requiring vision or conveyor tracking technology.
“Our students and faculty will benefit from KUKA’s expertise while learning on the latest robotic technologies within the Barrett CTI,” said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO, Humber College. “This collaboration exemplifies how our polytechnic model of education connect faculty and students with industry to solve real-world business challenges through the latest technologies.”
Over five years, KUKA will participate in applied research projects as well as provide awards and scholarships for students, named the KUKA Awards. KUKA will also work with the college to develop education to employment pathways and recruitment opportunities for Humber students and graduates and become part of the Industry 4.0 consortium that Humber is forming.
“KUKA knows that Industry 4.0 and digitization is a rapidly growing area, and we’re working towards a future in which humans and machines work together safely and efficiently,” said Ed Manera, Vice President of Sales for KUKA Canada Inc. “Partnering with Humber is an example of our progressive thinking and aggressive approach to innovation. This year, KUKA is celebrating its 120-year anniversary and we’re continually reinventing ourselves for the future of intelligent automation. We’re excited to work with students and faculty to help find next generation solutions, so we can continue to serve our industry and customers in ways that exceed their expectations.”
About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.
KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 3.5 billion euro and around 14,200 employees. As leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers its customers in the automotive, electronics, consumer goods, metalworking, logistics/e-commerce, healthcare and service robotics industries everything they need from a single source: from components and cells to fully automated systems. The KUKA Group is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany. Visit kuka.com.
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