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MoU for IC future talent dev't signed by SEMI, Republic Polytechnic

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor industry? workforce development? partnership?

SEMI, the global semiconductor association, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Republic Polytechnic (RP) during the recent SEMICON Singapore. According to them, the deal underlines the importance of developing the future workforce in the electronics and semiconductor sector.

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) indicated that the electronics industry is a major contributor to Singapore's GDP last year, contributing about 6.1 percent. The growth of electronics industry also presents the need for growing the pool of workforce. "It is a win-win cooperation between SEMI and RP that will not just benefit the students but also provide a young talent pool for the semiconductor and high-tech manufacturing industries," said Terry Tsao, president of SEMI Southeast Asia.

Under the cooperation with RP, students will be invited to participate in the SEMICON University program where they not only can learn the latest technology development of semiconductor industry but also can share the learning curve and experience from industry mentors. Moreover, SEMI will also help RP to secure internship opportunities with local and global leading companies.

SEMICON University program

People starting from right are: Jonathan Davis, president of SEMI Global Semiconductor Business; Terry Tsao, president of SEMI Southeast Asia; Seto Lok Yin, deputy principal (industry services), Republic Polytechnic and Wang Jianguo, director, school of engineering, Republic Polytechnic.

"Our partnership with SEMI will provide RP students with industry-relevant and real-life training in the semiconductor industry," stated Seto Lok Yin, deputy principal (industry services), RP Singapore. "Together we prepare students for the future as they receive hands-on experience. This partnership marks our commitment to develop skilled personnel to meet industry needs."

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