SANTA CLARA, Calif. – King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) has agreed to host researchers from the KACST-Intel Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA) at IMEC in Levuen, Belgium for three years starting in September 2011.
In effect KACST and Intel Corp. will pay for researchers to stay in Leuven and work on nanotechnology at IMEC. Neither the number of such research positions that will exist over the three years nor the value of the arrangement was disclosed.
CENA focuses on research into nanoscale processing and fabrication technology and has been created to boost Saudi Arabia's non-oil competitiveness. CENA fosters collaboration between KACST, Intel Corp. and academic institutions across the Arab World and Turkey. Particular topics of interest to CENA include MEMS/NEMS, nanosensors and networks, nanodevices, and synthesis and deposition of nanostructures.
"The choice of IMEC reflects the close relationship between Intel and IMEC that spans more than two decades covering various areas of research in the field of semiconductor processing and advanced lithography," said Makarem Hussein, CENA director, in a statement issued by IMEC. "This hosting agreement further underscores KACST continued effort in building the human resources needed for strong nanotech research in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is also a step towards making reality its vision for turning Saudi Arabia into a regional hub for science and research," he added.
CENA is looking for eligible students and researchers in the region. Scholarships will be granted to selected students pursuing doctorate and master degree in various disciplines of engineering and science who are registered at universities affiliated with CENA in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and throughout the Arab world, and Turkey.
indeed its regional focused but not as imagined. The whole faculties are filled with researchers from all over the globe. In order to be elected you have to pass very strict exams, backround checks and should face with board for final review. However at the end almost endless support of Kingdom. They are really on it, and i am sure would be successful. Just missing local technology giants where intel fills the gap for now.