The OPC Foundation launches its OPC UAcademics program to supplement OPC UA training in post-secondary institutes


New OPC UA training content donated by the OPC Foundation offers academic institutions ready-made course material for use in their curriculums

Scottsdale, AZ – June 8th, 2021 – The OPC Foundation announces the launch of its academic outreach program called OPC UAcademics. The OPC UAcademics program provides post-secondary institutes with official, up-to-date OPC UA course content, ready-made for easy inclusion in their curriculums at no cost under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license (see here). The OPC Foundation invites interested education-providers to contact for additional information or to get started.

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With the rising global adoption of the OPC UA standard in an ever-growing number of use-cases and the proliferation of OPC UA-based products in all industries, OPC UA knowledge is fast becoming an essential competency for future generations of IT and OT automation professionals. To help academic institutions meet this need, the OPC Foundation created, and is donating, OPC UA training content suitable for universities, colleges, and technical institutes to use in their curriculums.
The first edition of the OPC UAcademics program content covers a comprehensive range of OPC UA topics including:

  • Introduction to OPC UA
  • The History of OPC and OPC UA
  • The Specification
  • OPC UA Communication
  • Security in OPC UA
  • OPC UA Address Space Model
  • OPC UA Services
  • OPC UA Information Model
  • OPC FLC Initiative
  • OPC UA Service mappings
  • OPC UA Profiles
  • OPC UA Aggregation & Discovery
  • OPC UA Pub/Sub
  • Companion Specifications
  • Implementation of OPC UA
  • Tools and frameworks
  • Use cases
  • Architectures
  • Introduction to Practical Exercises

Stefan Hoppe, President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation commented,
“Market demand for people with OPC UA know-how is growing, given the critical role that OPC UA plays in the industry. With the launch of our OPC UAcademics program, the OPC Foundation is extending its help for universities in order to more easily address this need by providing accurate and up-to-date OPC UA course content which they can freely adapt and translate for use in their courses.“
Mr. Hoppe continued, “the OPC Foundation has a long-standing tradition of working closely with academic institutions from around the world. As such, we are excited to launch this OPC UAcademics program as a logical next-step in that relationship to address a common market need.”


About the OPC Foundation
Since 1996, the OPC Foundation has facilitated the development and adoption of the OPC information exchange standards. As both advocate and custodian of these specifications, the Foundation’s mission is to help industry vendors, end-users, and software developers maintain interoperability in their manufacturing and automation assets. The OPC Foundation provides the best specifications, technology, process, and certification to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure, reliable, interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise cloud. The Foundation serves over 815 members worldwide in the Industrial Automation, IT, IoT, IIoT, M2M, Industrie 4.0, Building Automation, machine tools, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and Smart Energy sectors.
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Stefan Hoppe
President and Executive Director
OPC Foundation