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Siemens, Saigon Hi-Tech Park ink deal to train staff for Vietnam’s chip industry

Siemens, Saigon Hi-Tech Park ink deal to train staff for Vietnam’s chip industry

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 19:24 GMT+7
Siemens, Saigon Hi-Tech Park ink deal to train staff for Vietnam’s chip industry
This image shows a ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City on February 27, 2024 for signing a memorandum of understanding on personnel training between Saigon Hi-Tech Park and Siemens EDA. Photo: SHTP

Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) and Siemens Electronic Design Automation Pte. Ltd. (Siemens EDA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in personnel training for the semiconductor chip industry in Vietnam.

The MoU was signed at a ceremony held in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday in the presence of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Anh Thi, head of the SHTP management board and Nina Lin, Vice President, General Manager Taiwan & PacRim South of Siemens EDA.

The event was attended by officials from the city's administration and the Ministry of Science and Technology, along with representatives from universities and experts in the field of semiconductor chips.

The deal is based on Siemens EDA’s strengths in software design, and on SHTP’s advantages and experience in human resource training for the industry.

Addressing the ceremony, Dr. Thi said that human resources in the semiconductor chip industry are identified as the key factor that ensures the success of the national strategy for semiconductor chip industry development.

Cooperation between the two sides will help improve the operating capacity of the Electronics and Semiconductor Center (ESC) at SHTP, further promoting the development of the chip sector of the city in particular and Vietnam in general, he said.

Dr. Thi expressed confidence that the MoU would create opportunities for trainees to engage with and learn about cutting-edge technologies in chip design and verification.

This would enable them to accumulate valuable experience, fostering enhanced performance in the hi-tech sector.

In recent years, the SHTP has made significant strides by upgrading its infrastructure and enhancing the quality of its training staff dedicated to the semiconductor industry.

These efforts have contributed to strengthening the microchip ecosystem in the region, Dr. Thi said.

Attendees at the MoU signing between Saigon Hi-Tech Park and Siemens EDA visit the Electronics and Semiconductor Center at SHTP on February 27, 2024. Photo: SHTP

Attendees at the MoU signing between Saigon Hi-Tech Park and Siemens EDA visit the Electronics and Semiconductor Center at SHTP on February 27, 2024. Photo: SHTP

Since the COVID-19 pandemic was put under control in October 2021, the SHTP has proceeded with cooperation with major technology partners in the world to prepare high-quality human resources for the development of the industry, Nhan Dan (People) newspaper cited Thi as saying.

Following the signing of a cooperation agreement with U.S. chip giant Synopsys in mid-2022, the SHTP extended its collaboration to include Cadence Design System, another U.S.-based company, a year later.

The recent partnership with Siemens EDA further underscores the SHTP's commitment to fostering relationships with key players in the semiconductor industry.

Dr. Thi noted that the partners collectively hold a share of over 80 percent in the worldwide market for design automation software solutions catering to integrated circuits, commonly referred to as chips.

Addressing the ceremony, Lin highlighted that Siemens EDA, as a leading technology firm, not only delivers cutting-edge technologies to clients but also actively engages in training and developing human resources across various industries, with a particular emphasis on the electronic semiconductor sector.

A part of Siemens Group, a German multinational conglomerate, Siemens EDA provides the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of electronic design automation software, hardware, and services.

Deputy chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Vo Van Hoan remarked that the city has experienced a growing influx of foreign direct investment in the semiconductor chip sector since Vietnam and the U.S. elevated their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership in September 2023.

Not only American investors but also Indian, Chinese, and European businesses operating in the industry have been heading to Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam in general, he added.

The official hoped that the training cooperation between the SHTP and Siemens EDA would encourage more chip and hi-tech firms around the world to come to the city for exploring business opportunities.

After the ceremony, delegates toured the ESC, which represents a collaborative model between the SHTP and the Sun Edu International Education Joint Stock Company, based in the city.

Established in 2002, the SHTP has attracted 162 investment projects, including many from multinationals.

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Vinh Tho - Ngoc Hien / Tuoi Tre News

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