Universal and Tsinghua University Sign Agreement


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BEIJING Tsinghua University and Universal Instruments have signed a mutual agreement to promote the development of SMT training and education within the country. At the university's Beijing campus, Jia Huibo, head of the mechanical institute; and Jeroen Schmits, president of Universal, agreed to participate in future decisions on subject set-ups, teaching material, and course sponsorship. They plan to cultivate industry experts and broadening the national technical knowledge base.

As part of the agreement, Universal will help Tsinghua establish a microelectronics and SMT graduate studies course, provide training materials and technical support, and offer sponsorship. Student will gain access to research facilities at Universal's Suzhou Technology Excellence Center and their Shekou facility. Universal also will obtain the results of research projects and any technologies used at the university.

Both Wang Bohua, director of the electronic information product management department, Beijing Ministry of Information and Industry; and Schmits refered to a general gap between the SMT industry in China and the country's professional talent. They see this partnership as a way to disperse industrial, educational, and research skills locally. Cooperation between companies and universities signals progress in the industry, added Bohua. Universal reportedly sought to emphasize a commitment to the local market in China.

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