The foundation has started supporting students at the Polytechnic University of San Luis Potosí after a cooperation agreement was signed in mid-February,for the first three students to receive scholarships. The students are Emmanuel Sifuentes, Marina Padrón Méndez and María Elena Méndez Venegas.
Daniel Galicia, country manager of ABB Mexico said: “I am honored to contribute through our Jürgen Dormann Foundation to generate greater opportunities for outstanding engineers."
"These scholarships go beyond financial support to students; they will have the opportunity to participate in events organized by the foundation, they will be able to access ABB facilities during holiday periods, and there may be the possibility of employment with the company at the end of the studies,” said Martha Nigenda, Human Resources Director of ABB in Mexico.
They are the latest in a series of scholarships to be awarded by the foundation to engineering students around the world. In Poland, for example, a third batch of students is currently being evaluated for scholarships for the scheme, now in its third year.
The foundation is already supporting students from Brazil, China and India, and the first scholarships in Vietnam are expected to be announced later in the year.
Universities in other countries are currently being evaluated with a view to future partnerships. A list of current partner universities is on the foundation’s web site.
Over the next few years dozens more scholarships are expected to be granted to students who can prove their need for financial support to be able to pursue their studies. The students also have local ABB mentors, the opportunity for holiday internships at ABB, and a first international event, hosted by ABB, bringing together successful candidates is scheduled for Switzerland in August 2010.
The ABB Jürgen Dormann Foundation for Engineering Education is based in Baden, Switzerland, and was set up in 2007 to honor the achievements of the former chairman and CEO of ABB.