ATIC, KUSTAR join hands on education and research

Agreement signed for semiconductor research and development centre

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ATIC, KUSTAR join hands on education and research The Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) are establishing the ATIC-KUSTAR Semiconductor Research and Development Centre at KUSTAR's new campus.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 10, 2010

The Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) are jointly establishing the ATIC-KUSTAR Semiconductor Research and Development Centre at KUSTAR's new campus.

They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will secure the collaboration between ATIC and KUSTAR. The project is designed to cover both educational and research initiatives with the purpose of establishing an industrial-academic environment to foster innovation in Abu Dhabi.

"This programme is a prime example of how industry partnerships with academia can support a range of development goals including: improved quality of education through access to research programs, effective human capital development, industry growth, and economic progress. We look forward to continuing to develop these kinds of partnerships in our drive to elevate the quality of education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to world-class standards," said Dr Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, Director General of ADEC.

ATIC will also be sponsoring a Professorship Chair for Semiconductor Research at KUSTAR. The company is aiming to establish a series of centers of excellence for both academia and research for the advanced technology industry.

President of KUSTAR, Professor Tod Laursen said: "We are extremely pleased to enter into this strategic partnership with ATIC and ADEC in the creation of this centre of excellence for research. KUSTAR is a world class institution, created to drive academic research in the region and its graduates offer a balance of technical competence, business acumen and social skills. This partnership will further guarantee the cultivation and innovation for students and will undoubtedly create endless possibilities for future generations."

Abu Dhabi Education Council's (ADEC) Higher Education Strategy is hoping to not only strengthen the quality of local academic organisations through industry aligned research, but establish new career and study opportunities for students.

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