HKUST and SUSTech establish Joint School of Microelectronics

An announcement issued by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) stated that it has recently signed a framework agreement with the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen to plan the establishment of the SUSTech-HKUST Joint School of Microelectronics.

Prof Li Lu, Director-General for Educational Scientific and Technological Affairs from the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong SAR, said the Joint School will not only facilitate collaboration among the government, academia and the industry for the region’s advancement in microelectronics, it also demonstrated Hong Kong and Shenzhen’s efforts in helping to build national strength in science and technology.

Riding on the complementary research strengths of both universities, the proposed Joint School is set to become a multilateral collaborative platform for industry, academia and research at the national level. The collaboration seeks to nurture talents and promote innovative research in key strategic areas including integrated circuit (IC), system-on-chip design for communications, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, as well as next generation microelectronics device technology such as wide bandgap semiconductors.

Under the proposed establishment, the Joint School will be situated on the SUSTech campus. It will offer education programs at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and run four research centers on IC design methodology and Electronic Design Automation (EDA); communications; system-on-chip design and system integration; as well as wide bandgap semiconductor devices.

Prof Wei Shyy, HKUST Acting President, said that the collaboration would help support China’s Greater Bay development initiative. 

“We have been contributing for years to the microelectronics and IC industry in Shenzhen. While we are actively exploring the establishment of our branch in Guangzhou, it seems that China’s need and strategic priority in this industrial sector can be well supported by HKUST with Shenzhen as a key platform for industrial outreach, educational and research activities in the Lok Ma Chau loop area, and also as a specialized part of a broader initiative for the Greater Bay development,” Prof Shyy said.

A joint SUSTech-HKUST taskforce consisting of members from both universities will be set up to push ahead the applications, and work with the Shenzhen municipal government on details of its support to the infrastructure and operation of the Joint School.

“Answering President Xi Jinping’s call for enhanced cooperation in science and technology between Hong Kong and the mainland, this international, leading and research-led Joint School in Microelectronics will not only make a national demonstration, but will also bring new, tremendous opportunities and prospects to both universities,” said Prof Chen Shiyi, President of SUSTech.

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