ATIC signs agreement with Singapore Polytechnic

Companies are developing program to train Wafer Fabrication Technicians for Abu Dhabi

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ATIC signs agreement with Singapore Polytechnic Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC says that this agreement marks an important milestone in the company's investment in human capital resources and local talent.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 24, 2011

The Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to train future Wafer Fabrication Technicians in Singapore at the fifth Abu Dhabi - Singapore Joint Forum held in Singapore.

"This is an exciting new step in the evolution of Abu Dhabi's strong working relationship with Singapore. ATIC is delighted to forge this new partnership with Singapore Polytechnic that will provide a new generation of advanced technology employees with the opportunity to train with and learn the technical skills required for success from some of the industry's brightest minds," said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC.  "This marks another important milestone in our continued investment in, and development of, human capital resources and local talent to play a critical role in the establishment of a sustainable and vibrant technology ecosystem in Abu Dhabi," he added.

The Memorandum of Understanding focuses on establishing a partnership between ATIC and Singapore Polytechnic to development a new retooling curriculum. The program will be designed to prepare trainees for employment as Wafer Fabrication Technicians at the 300mm leading edge fabrication facility which is to be constructed in Abu Dhabi by GlobalFoundries.

"We are excited to be able to work with Advanced Technology Investment Company to build a ready pool of technically skilled workers for the chip making industry in Abu Dhabi. And SP being Singapore's first polytechnic is privileged to be able to share our experience in technical education. We look forward to growing this partnership and strengthening our presence in the Middle East," said Tan Hang Cheong, principal, Singapore Polytechnic. 

The retooling curriculum will span two-and-a-half years, with six months of preparatory training in Abu Dhabi, followed by two years of training in Singapore.

The first year in Singapore will comprise classroom and lab-based learning at Singapore Polytechnic and the second year will focus on hands-on learning at the GlobalFoundries Fabrication facility in Singapore.

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