AMD, ADEC launch advanced technology programme

Initiative aims to prepare Emirati students for semi-conductor industry in Abu Dhabi

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AMD, ADEC launch advanced technology programme Dr Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, the director general of ADEC and Thomas Seifert, CFO and Interim CEO at AMD signed an agreement to help students enter into the field of advanced technology.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  February 1, 2011

Students who want to launch a career in advanced technology are getting a helping hand from AMD and the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) after the company signed an agreement to develop a programme for these scholars.

"This agreement with AMD further demonstrates our goal of transforming Abu Dhabi into a diversified, innovation-based, knowledge-producing society in line with our 2030 Economic Vision for Abu Dhabi" said Dr Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, the director general of ADEC. "AMD is recognised as a world leader in the semiconductor industry and the experience our students will gain from this programme is priceless and necessary to achieve the goals we set for ourselves when embarked on this initiative a few years ago."

The programme, created by AMD and ADEC, will feature an AMD internship program, a student mentor program, fact finding visits to AMD R&D centres, semiconductor seminar support and university curriculum support.

"The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is rapidly becoming an important region in the semiconductor industry and the goal of this programme is to equip students with the vital skills to pursue a technology career," said Thomas Seifert, CFO and Interim CEO at AMD. "We look forward to sharing our experience and knowledge with the technology leaders of the future and to working closely with ADEC in developing Emirati talent and equipping them with the necessary knowledge and expertise."

Qualified Emirati undergrad engineering students, in their third or fourth year of study, will get the chance to take part in paid internships with AMD under the terms of the agreement.

These internships will take place at AMD sites in Canada, China, Germany, India, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA and each internship will coincide with a semester of education during one of the Fall, Spring or Summer semester terms.

Abu Dhabi employees involved in the programme as well as Emirati undergrad students in their first or second year of study will also have the chance to take part in fact-finding trips to AMD's research and development facilities across the world. ADEC and AMD anticipate up to three fact-finding trips to AMD sites around the world annually.

This programme aims to introduce both students and employees to the semiconductor industry and research and development ecosystems. The Student Mentor program will provide incremental professional guidance and support to highly-accomplished Emirati university students, and assist them in their pursuit of careers or research interest to advance the Abu-Dhabi advanced technology industry.

AMD will also provide University curriculum support and participate in advanced technology related events in UAE.

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