UAE students attend tech program in Singapore

Initiative aims to interest students in advanced technology industries

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UAE students attend tech program in Singapore Several students and teachers from Abu Dhabi have gone to Singapore for the SEMI High Tech U program.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  December 1, 2010

A group of UAE high school students are in Singapore attending a week-long program, sponsored by ATIC, the SEMI Foundation and Applied Materials Inc, which aims to nurture Emirati talent in the fields of technology and innovation.

Students from grades 11 and 12 from Abu Dhabi attending the SEMI High Tech U program, conducted at ATIC's portfolio company Globalfoundries, will be introduced to the advanced technology industry via a series of workshops, lectures and experiments that demonstrate semiconductor manufacturing concepts and explain microchip logic.

"We are pleased to support ATIC and their mission to educate, excite and inspire young people to learn about the semiconductor industry. Students who go through the HTU program now understand the relationship between the maths and science they currently take in school and real world applications. Because HTU is taught by industry instructors, students have a unique opportunity to learn about the industry from people who work in industry and who are willing to share their academic and career paths," said Lisa Anderson, vice president, SEMI Foundation.

Students were chosen to participate in the program based on recommendations by their high schools.

The students are being accompanied by their parents and teachers, who are also participating in a program of activities. Parents will be introduced to what role their children can play in the development of the advanced technology industry in Abu Dhabi, while teachers will be taught how best to ensure lessons from the High Tech U conference can best be utilised in their classrooms in Abu Dhabi.

"Establishing a thriving research and innovation advanced technology ecosystem in Abu Dhabi relies on the commitment of a highly skilled and well-rounded workforce. SEMI High Tech U is an important component in ATIC's strategy towards investing in the development of the talent of the future that will bring the ecosystem to life. We are delighted to be collaborating with SEMI and Applied Materials Inc in order to make this fantastic experience available to students from the Middle East for the very first time," said Sami Issa, ATIC executive director of Abu Dhabi Ecosystem Development.

This is the first time that students have had the opportunity to take part in the SEMI High Tech U program. The initiative was founded by the non-profit SEMI Foundation and has helped around 3,000 students over the last ten years.

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