3/14/2012 9:13 AM EDT
LONDON – Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. and IC design company Brite Semiconductor Inc. have teamed up with Zhejiang University IC and Basic Software Research Institute to create a joint IC research program.
As part of the agreement, SMIC (Shanghai, China) and Brite Semiconductor (Shanghai, China) will provide Zhejiang University graduate students with hands-on training and internship opportunities, while Zhejiang University will provide a continuing education program for SMIC and Brite Semiconductor employees. Overall, the program is expected to develop a more qualified and dynamic semiconductor industry workforce.
"The program will further facilitate the joint development of advanced technologies by Brite, SMIC and Zhejiang University. In addition, it will generate a pool of outstanding graduates and help Brite further develop its engineering talent," said Charlie Zhi, the president and CEO of Brite Semiconductor, in a statement issued by SMIC
Chris Chi, chief business officer of SMIC said: "The establishment of this joint research program is one part of our school-enterprise cooperation strategy. We hope to take this opportunity to create a new model of comprehensive school-enterprise collaboration."