International Master’s Program in Microelectronics set to open in May 2000

International Master's Program in Microelectronics set to open in May 2000

Responding to the needs of the semi-conductor industry...

International Master's Program in Microelectronics set to open in May 2000

Asia's growing industrial sector and the increasing demand for high technologies have created a need for advanced education in Microelectronics.

Recognizing this, AIT's School of Advanced Technologies (SAT) is offering an International Master's Program in Microelectronics from May 2000, in collaboration with the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC) and Thailand Graduate Institute of Science and Technology (TGIST), under the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA).

The Program's launch was announced at the third AIT-NECTEC Workshop on Microelectronics Initiative, held on 10-11 February at the Siam Inter-Continental Hotel in Bangkok, under the sponsorship of NSTDA's Reverse Brain Drain (RBD) Project. The Program's recently finalized curriculum was unveiled and discussions on current activities in Thailand's microelectronics industry were conducted. The Workshop was opened by Prof. Pairash Thajchayapong, NSTDA Director, and Prof. Jean-Louis Armand, AIT President. H.E. Dr. Arthit Ourairat, the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment of Thailand, spoke at the Special MicroE Forum on Storage Technology Industry on the second day of the workshop.

In offering the International Microelectronics Master's program, AIT has put together an international team of academic and research experts from AIT itself, NSTDA-NECTEC, Thai universities, and the industrial sector. AIT is collaborating with the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, to provide more advanced expertise.The Fulbright Foundation will also sponsor experts. The Program will supply skilled human resources, particularly for the semiconductor industry in Thailand and the rest of Asia. Trained instructors will also be produced for Thai universities and educational institutions.

AIT and NSTDA-NECTEC were assisted in developing the Program by the RBD Project, with inputs from international experts from academia and industry. The Program focuses on design aspects, particularly for specific applications, IC packaging and storage technology.

In addition to providing scholarships and laboratory facilities, NSTDA-NECTEC will sponsor experts who will teach some courses and collaborate with AIT on research projects.