Intel launches engineering lab for Nile University

Micro-electronics lab and MOU will help Nile University train skilled engineers for Egypt's IT economy

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By  Mark Sutton Published  December 3, 2008

Intel has launched a new technology lab for Egypt’s Nile University, and signed an agreement with the University to help prepare students for high tech careers.

The lab, which will be part of the University’s Nanoelectronics Integrated Systems Center (NISC) will focus on R&D for micro-electronics, and will be supported by an MOU on knowledge transfer and support.

The new facility was opened by Intel chairman Craig Barrett, during a visit to the country this week, under Intel’s World Ahead Program.

“We believe that the cooperative programs we put in place today will lead to further successes in achieving the country’s economic objectives such as teaching technology skills at a young age,” said Barrett.

The NISC lab will also provide a platform for training new generations of engineers, with the MOU agreement providing for knowledge transfer between Intel and NU, collaborative research programs, internships programs in the US and sponsorship of post-graduate fellowships in Egypt.

The new initiatives are also intended to support the Egyptian government’s aim of developing a high tech work force in the country. During his visit, Barrett also announced an agreement with IT distributor Metra, for assembly of Intel motherboards in Egypt.

Dr. Tarek M. Khalil, president and provost at Nile University commented: “We believe that collaboration with multinationals like Intel is key to helping Egyptian students interact with technology at a young age and to channel their energies into innovative ideas. It is a springboard to research and development. Dr. Barrett’s attendance today is testimony to the commitment Intel has to up-level IT integration in academic arenas.”

Barrett also met Egypt’s First Lady Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, Prime Minister Dr Ahmed Nazif and Dr Tarek Kamel, Minister of Communications and Information Technology during his visit, and inaugurated a new Intel office in Cairo’s Smart Village.

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