29 February 2024
International education in the Netherlands: 'The newcomers as well as teachers are really hard workers'
- International student
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TU/e, ASML, ASM, the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association, the Korea Institute For Advancement of Technology and Brainport Development signed a Support Letter aimed at setting up a Winter Academy in the field of semiconductors, organized by TU/e. The signing took place at ASML in Veldhoven during a visit by South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and King Willem-Alexander.
It was preceded by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between South Korea and the Netherlands for the exchange of talent and knowledge in the semiconductor sector. The MoU was signed by minister Geoffrey van Leeuwen and Korean minister Dukgeun Ahn, both foreign trade ministers. South Korea is one of the world's leading countries in microchip production.
The subsequent signing of the Support Letter is the first step towards realization of the MoU. With this, the parties involved laid down that the pilot for the cooperation will take place in Brainport Region Eindhoven, which will be by means of a Winter Academy in February. The partners also want to work on a structural talent development program in the field of semiconductors.
"Brainport Eindhoven is the ideal location for it, with its strong semiconductor companies and TU/e's strong position in the field of semicon, with high-tech systems and photonics," Robert-Jan Smits, TU/e's Executive Board President, says. "Semiconductors are increasingly important for the world. The EU, the US, China, as well as South Korea and the Netherlands, are all investing heavily in semicon. One of the key prerequisites for this is training talent, especially highly skilled engineers. We are going to make an important contribution to that, with our cooperation with South Korea and our new Winter Academy."
Taking place during the week of 19 February, the Winter Academy will target top talent from South Korea and the Netherlands with a world-class program. It is organized by TU/e's High Tech Systems Center, in collaboration with partners such as ASML, ASM, IMEC and NXP. The aim is to make the Winter Academy an annual week. Earlier this year, TU/e already organized a similar Summer School in the field of semiconductors, together with partners from Taiwan and the Brainport region.