Virtual Instrumentation Heads to 14 Top Chinese Universities

9/10/2003 - National Instruments announced that 14 of the top universities in China, including Peking University, Fudan University and Zhejiang University, have adopted virtual instrumentation for their engineering and science laboratories. With funding from the World Bank's Higher Education Development Project, the Ministry of Education in China purchased LabVIEW graphical development software and NI data acquisition (DAQ) hardware for 230 student laboratory workstations. This adds to the 20 virtual instrument laboratories already in China universities.

"We must ensure that graduating engineers are prepared for engineering and science careers in China's fast-growing technology industry," said Professor Luo Weixiong, the leader of the Electronics Project Team for the World Bank Loan Project, Phase II. "These universities are setting the standard for all engineering programs by implementing LabVIEW and virtual instrumentation into their laboratories and giving students hands-on training with software and hardware they will use in the workplace after graduation."

As industry adoption of virtual instrumentation for measurement, control and design grows, hands-on training in this area becomes essential for every engineering and science student. With NI LabVIEW software and data acquisition hardware in university laboratories, engineering students can put basic engineering principles into practice, heightening their understanding of these principles to better prepare them for the workplace. New students can quickly create simple LabVIEW applications, and advanced users can build on these applications to create more sophisticated, custom measurement or control systems. This ease of use and flexibility makes LabVIEW ideal for lower division to graduate curriculum.

National Instruments in Academia
National Instruments is committed to inspiring and preparing students from kindergarten to graduate school for careers in the fields of engineering and science. NI works with thousands of educational institutions worldwide and offers a wide range of products, training and sponsorship for educational programs such as RoboLab, a LabVIEW-based software program for LEGO Mindstorms that teaches elementary school students about complex engineering concepts, and Future Truck, a North American competition that challenges university engineering students to create more fuel-efficient SUVs. For more information about National Instruments academic initiatives, readers can visit

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation -- a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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