UNIVERSITI Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with semi-conductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd to collaborate on research and development (R&D).
Under the MoU signed recently, staff members would conduct mutual visits for the purpose of research, training and publications as well as to organise and participate in seminars, conferences and workshops.
Utar vice-president (R&D and Commercialisation) Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei said the collaboration would allow the university’s undergraduate and post-graduate students to conduct study visits and industrial training at Infineon’s facility in Kulim, Kedah.
Likewise, staff of Infineon would undertake training and research activities as well as academic programmes at Utar.
“With the signing of the MoU, Utar and Infineon will be able to work together to further develop our students, not only to fit into the industry as a whole but also to be tailored to the requirements of Infineon,” Lee said in his speech.
Infineon Technologies (Kulim) Sdn Bhd senior director and head of technology Dr Grassmann Andreas said the company looked forward to taking in students of Utar as its employees.
“We are embarking on massive expansions at our Kulim facility.
“We are ramping up with new machinery arriving every other day.
“At the same time, we need to enhance our workforce and getting good people is of concern to us,” he said.
The largest semi-conductor company in Germany, Infineon is the second biggest employer in the local sector with 7,000 people employed at its Kulim and Malacca facilities, said Andreas.
He later presented a mock cheque of RM5,000 to Utar for the Infineon Best Electronics Engineering Student Award.