ABB JDF scholarship recipients: a shining example for engineering students on the African continent

2015-02-27 - The ABB Jürgen Dormann Foundation for Engineering Education (JDF) provides scholarships to electrical engineering students around the world who can prove a high standard of academic achievement, but lack the financial support to be able to continue their studies. The foundation is named after Jürgen Dormann in recognition of his contribution as former Chairman and CEO of ABB.

The prestigious award has been granted to students in 10 countries who have commendable academic accomplishments and for the first time, it is being extended to high-performing engineering students on the African continent. The scholarships are awarded for a maximum of five years of study and have already been given to students at partner universities in Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Mexico, Malaysia, Poland, Turkey, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The programme aligns strategically with the ABB Next Level Strategy and the unwavering commitment to growth and development on the African continent.

At the inaugural signing ceremony that took place at the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Campus, Professor Johan Meyer applauded ABB for giving students a chance that he described as an opportunity of a lifetime. The esteemed professor also highlighted the pivotal role that ABB has played in shaping the lives and careers of many young students. “This is a momentous occasion for the University of Johannesburg,” he said. I commend ABB for taking a step in the right direction to bridge the gap between education and industry. There is a shortage of such candid acts and genuine Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Professor Meyer, Head of Electrical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg with Mervin Munsamy, ABB Country Human Resources Manager and Gareth Koopman, Talent Manager

The recipients will conduct their experiential learning at ABB during their scheduled school break and will get the opportunity to bridge the gap between their theoretical studies and practical training provided by mentors at the ABB Campus in Longmeadow. The scholarship will cover tuition fees and on-the-job training.
The event was spearheaded by Mervin Munsamy, Country Human Resources Manager at ABB South Africa and Professor Meyer, Head of Electrical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg on November 15 2014. The programme became effective from January 2015.
“This initiative is intended to contribute to furthering the field of engineering and is a great opportunity for the scholars. There is no obligation on ABB to hire them once they qualify but we will monitor and support their development carefully,” said Munsamy.

More information

- Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB Group CEO, speaks about the foundation
- Picture gallery
- Fact sheet
- Partner universities and application process

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    Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB Group CEO with some of the scholars.

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