Great leap in university-industry collaboration.

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Westernacher Consulting has joined hands with National Central University Taiwan (NCU) to cultivate a new generation of digital transformation talent through theoretical and practical training. NCU is a member of the SAP University Alliances program in Asia Pacific which enables the next generation to learn, research and innovate with business applications for the intelligent enterprise. Under this program NCU integrates SAP education into its curriculum and research.

Benjamin Dewilde, Westernacher Group CEO, and Prof. Ping-Yu Hsu, Dean of the School of Management of NCU, signed a deal on this groundbreaking university-industry collaboration on the beautiful campus of NCU. Above all Westernacher supports NCU in talent development by expanding its education landscape for supply chain, Industry 4.0 and big data. We hope to create learning opportunities that go beyond textbooks and classrooms by combining basic education with hands-on experience in the industry. This will allow students to have a more diverse learning experience – a stepping stone for their careers.

This university-industry partnership is the first of its kind for Westernacher in Asia, following on from the one with FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik (Computer Science Research Center) in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Prior to this partnership, Howard Tsai, Westernacher Taiwan Market Unit Lead, was invited to the School of Management of NCU to talk to the undergraduate students. He served as a judge in the consultant training program, giving students perspectives on the industry and directions for future learning. In addition, he participated in the corporate recruitment process in the Enterprise Resource Planning Center – a platform for both academic and practical learning. We hope that through the university-industry collaboration with NCU, we can equip students with the right skills and capabilities in supply chains and data analysis, as well as nurture digital transformation talent that will excel in building platforms, innovating management and optimizing supply chains.

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