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The School of Microelectronics, Southern University of Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as the “School of Microelectronics") is a secondary college of the Southern University of Science and Technology. Collaborating with world-renowned universities in the Greater Bay Area, the school is established on top of innovative educational concepts and mechanisms to echo a series of national strategies and initiatives, including General Secretary Xi's important instruction of "promoting the scientific and technological cooperation between Hong Kong and the Mainland", the Outline for the National Program on the Development of the Integrated Circuit Industry", the Notice on Supporting Relevant Universities in Establishing Exemplary Microelectronics Schools, the strategic planning of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and Shenzhen's pioneering demonstration area for building socialism with Chinese characteristics.
The School of Microelectronics, leveraging the educational resources of world-renowned universities in the Greater Bay Area, aims to become a world-class national exemplary research institute of microelectronics. Currently, the school has signed cooperation agreements with major universities in the Greater Bay Area, including the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Macau, to enable close collaborations such as undergraduate exchanges and joint master and PhD programs.
Driven by the strong foundation and demands of semiconductor industry in Shenzhen and China, the school has planned four strategic research centers, namely,Research Center on IC Design Methodology and EDA, Research Center on High-performance System-on-chip ICs, Research Center on Wide Band Gap Semiconductor, Research Center on Microsystems and Applications. Additionally, a "More-Than-Moore” micro-nano processing platform and an advanced testing and analysis platform will be built to commensurate with the standards of top universities globally. In scientific research, the School of Microelectronics has been awarded a number of national and provincial qualifications, including the National Exemplary Institute of Microelectronics (28 in the country and only 3 in Southern China), the Future Communication IC Engineering Research Center of the Ministry of Education, and Guangdong GaN Device Engineering Technology Research Center and Shenzhen Third Generation Semiconductor Device Key Laboratory. Partnering with the semiconductor industry chain, the school concentrates on the R&D of core technologies and talent fostering to effectively support the development of the integrated circuit industry in the entire Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area that includes Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macao, and even the entire country.
The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs and conducts research in microelectronics. The undergraduate program is the science and engineering of microelectronics and the graduate program is the electronic science and technology. The school is dedicated to bringing together a high quality faculty team by recruiting top-notch talents around the world. All our teachers have oversea experiences. With a teacher-student ratio of 1:10. our school plans to recruit 35 tenure-track faculties, 20 research/teaching-track staffs, a number of part-time teachers and visiting professors, and 10 engineers. In addition, the school will appoint senior researchers from the industry as part-time or visiting professors to strengthen university-industry collaborations. At present, we have 48 teachers from the Southern University of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Macau, actively participating in the teaching and research of the school. Up to April, 2020, the school has 25 full-time teaching series/research series teachers.
In addition, holding a mission of “industry-education integration, collaborative education, career guidance and talent attraction", the school has cooperated with top-tier IC enterprises in the industry, such as HiSilicon, ZTE, Arm China, GRENTECH, Longsys, SMIT Group and PANGOMICRO to jointly build research centers and laboratories, and carry out IUR cooperation programs. The school aims to build a complete eco-system that incorporates government, industry, universities, and research institutions, so that technologies can be fully transferred to promote the economic development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
The School of Microelectronics has planned a total area of 70,000 square meters, including spaces for teaching, research and laboratories; micro-nano processing and testing platform; land for IUR cooperation and collaborations with enterprises; four research centers; and land for technology transfer and commercialization, innovation and entrepreneurship, student dormitories and more. Upon completion, the school will accommodate 1,000 students.