UniSIM Receives Software Donation Worth US$10 Million From Mentor Graphics

SIM University (UniSIM), Singapore's fourth university dedicated to providing upgrading opportunities for working adults, has received US$10 million worth of the latest Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software from Mentor Graphics for its Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics (Honours) programme. 

The software, which comprises a comprehensive set of electronic simulation and design tools, will equip UniSIM students with skills in powerful design solutions widely used in semiconductor foundries, and research and development environments around the world. 

UniSIM is the newest to join the ranks of more than 600 universities and colleges worldwide to receive the EDA software from Mentor Graphics. Under Mentor’s Higher Education Programme (HEP), UniSIM will enjoy access to a broad range of CAD electronic circuit design and simulation tools with a commercial value in excess of US$10 million. These tools will be used for teaching and R & D activities in CAD design. 

UniSIM’s Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics programme was launched in 2004. With an enrolment of more than 180 students, it is especially popular among electronics and electrical engineering diploma holders from the local polytechnics. Large foundries such as Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte Ltd and TECH Semiconductor Singapore Pte Ltd have sponsored staff to upgrade their skills through the programme. 

Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President of SIM University, said, "UniSIM's electronic engineering graduates specializing in VLSI Design can now develop greater proficiency in the latest EDA software. This will equip them to contribute more meaningfully to the electronics industry when they graduate. We are honoured that Mentor Graphics, a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, has selected UniSIM to join its Higher Education Programme."

Daniel Yang, Managing Director, Mentor Graphics Pacific Rim, commented: "Education and training are at the foundation of an industry's growth and success. Our Higher Education Programme enables outstanding educational institutions such as NUS, NTU and SIM University to use leading edge electronic design tools for their educational, training and academic research purposes. We are pleased to contribute to the cause of SIM University, to help working adults keep pace with the latest technology and to shape the quality of Singapore's workforce."

The popular Bachelor of Engineering programme in Electronics is just one of the more than 40 programmes UniSIM launched last month together with its first recruitment campaign. The programmes will be offered through its four Schools, viz., Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Human Development and Social Services, and Science and Technology. UniSIM will have its first intake into these programmes in January 2006. Applications, which are now open, will close on 30 September 2005.

As Singapore's first and only university for working professionals and adult learners, UniSIM's unique flexible learning environment allows them to upgrade their knowledge and skills at their own time, place and pace without compromising work, family and social responsibilities. 


Acronyms used: 
EDA - Electronic Design Automation; VLSI - Very Large Scale Integration; CAD - Computed Aided Design 

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