Khalifa University students during their trip to Taiwan
A student delegation from Khalifa University recently visited Taiwan, after being invited by the Taiwan Institute of physics, Academia Sinicam, one of the most prominent academic institutions in Asia and the world.
The eight day student trip to Taiwan offered students a unique opportunity to learn about the challenges of high volume manufacturing, and witness the most advanced equipment and automated tools deployed for high volume production, automated test and validation. Taiwan is also considered a global pioneer in the semiconductor field as more than 70% of microchips produced worldwide are manufactured at “silicon foundries” in Taiwan.
During the student visit to the Taiwan Academia Sinica, the students got the chance to experience hands on experiments relating to Nanotechnology principles, and observe the various steps involved in manufacturing silicon wafers in the foundries. The students also visited CMC Magnetics Corporation, which is a world leading corporation in storage media, and Sun Well Solar Corporation, a start up in energy harvesting solutions.
In addition to the industry tours, the students had the chance to explore and learn more about the Taiwanese culture; the students visited the second tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 skyscraper, the National Palace Museum and the National Center for Traditional Art.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Mualla, Interim Provost of Khalifa University commenting on the recent trip, said: “Khalifa University is committed to offering its highest achieving students the opportunity to experience advanced technologies and industries and new cultures which will in turn help them to cultivate their skills and knowledge in the technological field. These trips help students mature on both a personal and educational level as they interact with different cultures and actively apply practices they have learnt in their classrooms.”
Dr. Mohammed Ismail El Naggar, Director of the Semiconductor Research Center at Khalifa University who accompanied the delegation as Faculty Advisor added: “This was a great international experience for our students which helped enrich their technical and cultural perspectives. It also helped us develop partnerships with leading research institutes and universities in Taiwan, which is a vital component to the success of our newly established Khalifa Semiconductor Research Center”.
One of the students who participated in the trip, Layla Al Hosany, said “This trip helped expand my knowledge about the innovation currently coming out of Asia, as I learned various interesting facts about nanotechnology, gained fresh insight into the latest technologies in the industry and I also had the chance to work on nanotechnology principles. During this trip we were also able to learn about the Taiwanese culture and those who we interacted with learned about Emirati culture.”
Each summer, Khalifa University organizes international field trips, allowing students to gain a hands-on understanding of pioneering workplaces and different cultures. Previous countries visited by Khalifa University students include the USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Finland.