Dassault Systèmes Empowers the Workforce of the Future in The Philippines

Dassault Systèmes is proud to have been the chosen technology partner of The Institutes for Research, Innovation, and Scholarship (The IRIS) and Cebu Technological University (CTU) for the UNIVERSITIES 4.0 event, “Ushering in the New Age of Enlightenment and Collaboration in Philippine R&D”, from July 4 to 5, 2019, in Cebu City.

In line with the government of the Philippines’ drive to upskill and empower the future workforce with digital skills, the two-day event brought together top academic, industry and government leaders in the country to discuss ideas on how to cultivate innovation in education and research programs.

Poised to become the Philippines’ “innovation island”, Cebu has been developing its tech start-up eco-system and encouraging local businesses to adopt digital technologies. Delegates had the opportunity to experience Industry 4.0 technologies and the power of digital transformation through hands-on demonstrations of Dassault Systèmes industry solutions at the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground exhibition area at UNIVERSITIES4.0.

This blog post summarises the discussions that took place during the Plenary and the exhibition zones of the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground.



Our eminent list of speakers at UNIVERSITIES4.0 included:

  • Rosein A. Ancheta, Jr., Ph.D., President, Cebu Technological University (CTU)
  • Rafaelita M. Aldaba, Ph.D., Undersecretary – Competitiveness and Innovation, Department of Trade and Industry
  • Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Ph.D., Undersecretary for Research and Development, Department of Science and Technology
  • Tirso A. Ronquillo, Ph.D., President, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges
  • John T. Lee Chairman Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines
  • Daniel C. Lachica, Ph.D. President Semiconductors and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc.
  • Reynaldo B. Vea, Ph.D., President, Mapua University
  • Raymond Girard Tan, Ph.D., Vice-Chancellor for Research, De La Salle University
  • Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of the Philippines
  • Napoleon K. Juanillo, Jr., Ph.D., Convenor, The Institutes for Research, Innovation, and Scholarship (The IRIS)

I took part in the panel session on “Imagining the Future of Sustainable Innovations” with Napoleon K. Juanillo, Convenor of the IRIS. During the discussions, we spoke about how pressing socio-economic challenges faced by the world, such as climate change, over-crowding in cities, depleting natural resources and dying eco-systems, have advanced the quest for sustainable innovation in the way businesses approach production, processes and their long-term growth objectives. I am of the view that sustainability will be an important driver of innovation in Industry 4.0, as businesses will be challenged to conceptualise how limited resources, such as energy and materials, can be more efficiently deployed in the product development process.

Other pertinent topics discussed during the other panel sessions included strategies to enhance STEM curriculum in universities, as STEM forms an important foundation for students to acquire the relevant digital skills of the future, as well as ideas to cultivate the innovation mindset in learning.

At the end of the plenary on Day One, signatories from The IRIS and Cebu Technological University signed a declaration to galvanise university-industry partnerships that will cultivate the Philippines’ workforce of the future for the Industry 4.0 era. The signing of the declaration was witnessed by Dassault Systèmes’ AP South Managing Director, Masaki Sox Konno.



On Day Two, delegates further engaged in discussions on the impact of Industry 4.0 in key areas of academia and research, particularly “University Leadership and Governance”, “Innovation in State Universities and Colleges”, “University-Industry Partnerships”, “Standards and Metrics of Performance in University Research and Development” and the “Trans-Disciplinary Curriculum of the Future”.

Masaki Sox Konno presented on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, showcasing how the platform has enabled sustainable innovation in companies making headway in areas such as energy transition, sustainable mobility and smart cities. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is therefore able to bring new capabilities to educators and students who want to learn from global best practices in digital transformation and be equipped with the digital skills and know-how for increased employment opportunities in the new global economy.

Following the presentation, Masaki Sox Konno engaged in a Q&A with the delegates. One of the questions focused on the type of training programs to upskill Filipino students and develop a strong workforce of the future, and another on the willingness among universities to explore working with the industry to implement learning programs that will benefit Cebu and the Philippines.

Also raised during the discussions were the contributions of the creative arts, humanities and social sciences to the innovation enterprise, as well as the top skills required of the future workforce in the Industry 4.0 environment.



Dassault Systèmes collaborated with partners, MDC Group and Computrends, in the Philippines to set up a series of immersive demos that showcased how academics and students can gain digital capabilities and know-how in Industry 4.0 technologies with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.



Ensuring a consistent set of data throughout product development

Rapid advances in technology, changes in consumer tastes and growing competition have led to demand for faster product innovations.

In this Zone, Dassault Systèmes’ technical experts demonstrated how Digital Continuity in our solutions creates a consistent set of data from product concept, design to manufacture, which will help businesses quickly respond to market trends.


SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD is the foundation for the entire SOLIDWORKS suite of product development solutions, covering design, simulation, cost estimation, manufacturability checks, CAM, sustainable design, and data management.

POD 2: SOLIDWORKS Simulation

SOLIDWORKS Simulation utilises structural analysis tools to predict a product’s real-world physical behaviour by virtually testing CAD models.

POD 3: DELMIA Digital Manufacturing

DELMIA Digital Manufacturing solutions allow manufacturers to virtually experience their entire factory production – from assessing the impact of new product designs, addressing and shifting processes so as to quickly respond to competition in their markets, to taking advantage of new market opportunities.

PODS 4 & 5: DELMIA Operations Planning, Management & Optimization

DELMIA Planning and Optimization solutions power reality-based planning, scheduling, and optimization for complex business processes across all planning horizons. It enables customers to build on their competitive differentiators and plan for profit by capturing their operational reality.



Preparing the Workforce of the Future

To succeed in the Industry 4.0 era, businesses must be fast and agile in creating value for their customers. This requires a flexible, empowered workforce with the skills and ability to work with Industry 4.0 technologies and business models to conceptualise and deliver innovative products.

In this Zone, Dassault Systèmes’ technical experts demonstrated how academics and businesses can harness the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to empower their workforce with the skills to create ideas in the virtual world that will enhance products in the real world.

POD 1: ACADEMIA, Enabling Digital Educational Practices

3DEXPERIENCE for Academia brings learning innovation to educators and students who want to experience the engineering practices of the world’s top industry leaders and enhance their employability with the latest digital skills and know-how. Years of collaboration with educators and students across a wide variety of institutions and disciplines has led to a flexible, tailored set of learning solutions.

POD 2: Advanced Multidisciplinary Engineering

Dassault Systèmes’ Advanced Multi-disciplinary Engineering solutions are utilised by some of the world’s most innovative companies for generative design and systems engineering of Industry 4.0 products, such as mechatronics and electric vehicles.

It is essential for Philippines’ engineering students to acquire multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge of Industry 4.0 production processes to become the country’s future innovation leaders.

At this pod, Dassault Systèmes technical experts demonstrated how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can train engineering students to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams to design smart, connected products that will lead the Philippines into the Industry 4.0 era.

PODS 3 & 4: 3DEXPERIENCity and GEOVIA Virtual Planet

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity and GEOVIA Virtual Planet leverage the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to support the sustainable development of cities and the earth’s natural resources.

The 3DEXPERIENCity pod showed how urban planning, architecture and engineering students can learn to test and optimise new urban ideas in the virtual world for future infrastructure planning in cities.

The GEOVIA Virtual Planet pod showed how geology and mining students can learn to model and simulate mines virtually, to help companies improve their operations and visualize the effects of future mine development on the environment.

POD 5: Virtual Training

The future of learning and training is virtual. The Virtual Training pod demonstrated how learning can be enriched with training conducted in safe, simulated environments through an immersive virtual reality demonstration.


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For further discussions on how Dassault Systèmes can partner with universities to develop the workforce of the future, please reach out to me at eric.chow@3ds.com

Magdalene Tan

Asia Pacific South Content Manager at Dassault Systèmes
Manages digital content across channels, countries and industries.