Kuala Lumpur, July 5, 2018 – Osram Opto Semiconductors (M) Sdn. Bhd, announced today that the company has given a new lease of life to MYR2.4 million worth of semiconductor and photonic equipment from its Penang factories by giving it to Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Malaya (UM) and National University of Malaysia (UKM). The equipment will be used to provide hands-on educational experience for students interested in joining the high-tech industry.
“We are confident that this initiative would contribute in many ways, especially by enabling lecturers and students to be familiar with the latest technologies in the industry. By working closely with an industry player, these universities are able to use a cost effective solution to put theory into practice and train up industry ready talents. MIDA is happy to support such initiatives and we seek to facilitate more of such impactful collaborations between the industry and academia,” said Mr Arham Abdul Rahman, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) who delivered the speech on behalf of Dato’ Azman Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA.
"This collaboration demonstrates Osram’s continuing commitment to invest in education and the community that it operates in," said Dr Roland Mueller, the CEO of Osram Malaysia. "By donating our manufacturing equipment for use in universities, we are helping to train the next generation of engineers," he added.
Osram’s support is part of the collaboration with MIDA and the four universities as key element of the Industry-Academia Collaboration (IAC) initiative aimed at enriching university curriculum to enhance graduate employability.
The equipment will help the universities develop research and development labs while at the same time allow lecturers to teach on photonics and semiconductors technology without creating additional capital investments for the universities.
“FDI has played an important role in the development of Malaysia’s economy due to its multiplier impact. When MIDA attracts FDI, we want to ensure that these investments bring along positive spill overs, such as enhancing the country’s technological capabilities, developing the local supply chain, increase the country’s export revenue and contribute to skills creation. Today’s event is an example of a foreign investment that has contributed much to Malaysia. MIDA would like to encourage other global companies to emulate these practices and bring the E&E industry to the next level of technology sophistication and competitiveness,” added Mr Arham.
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OSRAM, based in Munich, is a leading global high-tech company with a history dating back more than 110 years. Primarily focused on semiconductor-based technologies, our products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality to autonomous driving and from smart phones to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM uses the endless possibilities of light to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. OSRAM’s innovations enable people all over the world not only to see better, but also to communicate, travel, work and live better. OSRAM has approximately 26,400 employees worldwide as of end of fiscal 2017 (September 30) and generated revenue of more than €4.1 billion. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at www.osram.com
MIDA is the government's principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Starting operations in 1967 with a relatively small set up of 37 staff, MIDA has grown to become a strong and dynamic organisation of over 700 employees. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA today has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
For further information, please contact:-
|Mdm. Azlina Hamdan
Director, Electrical and Electronics Division
03-2267 3791 | [email protected]
|Mr. Mohamad Ismail Abu Bakar
Director, Industry Talent Management And Expatriate Division
03-2267 6715 | ismail @mida.gov.my