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Sondrel partners with the University of Nottingham to develop IC design talent in China

System-to-silicon IC design consultancy aims to plug talent-gap

THEALE, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 2013-- 

Sondrel, one of the world's leading system-to-silicon IC design consultancies, has just announced a unique partnership with the University of Nottingham which will develop new IC design talent in China. The multi-million dollar programme will provide students based at the University of Nottingham's Ningbo China (UNNC) campus with three months' intensive training covering the latest IC design methodologies and practices.

Explained Sondrel's CEO, Graham Curren: "We run a global IC design services company. One of our business models is to provide experienced engineering teams close to where the customer is located. However, because we are growing so quickly and the demand from other companies is so great, we have been unable to find enough suitably-qualified personnel in China."

This challenging situation has led Sondrel to work with the University of Nottingham to develop a three-month programme open to third-year UNNC students and recent graduates with relevant qualifications and professional experience. The aim is to increase the availability of IC designers in the region, and the first intake of students will begin in June.

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Mentor Opens IC Design Lab at UNNC in Zhejiang

Mentor Graphics has opened a new Mentor-sponsored electronics design laboratory at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC), Zhejiang province. As part of a mutual agreement, Mentor has donated more than $10 million in EDA software and support to enable UNNC students to graduate with in-depth knowledge of leading-edge design methodologies.

The first Sino-foreign university in China, UNNC’s student population has grown from over 250 to more than 5,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2004. With internationalization at the heart of its development, UNNC is effective in bringing industry-leading technology to the Chinese market.

“UNNC is enthusiastic about the new electronics design laboratory sponsored by Mentor Graphics,” said Professor Gethin Roberts, dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, UNNC. “As China’s IC industry continues to develop rapidly, engineering students can feel confident in addressing the expanding need for designers knowledgeable in the most current design tools and methodologies.”

Under the auspices of the Mentor Higher Education Program (HEP), the lab at UNNC is poised to become a center of excellence for future engineers in the region. In addition to donated software, Mentor is opening on-line support and providing material to quickly enable UNNC to develop a leading-edge teaching and research program for designing very large-scale ICs.

“Highly talented electronics engineers are in great demand worldwide, particularly in fast-growing China,” said Danny Perng, vice president, PacRim, Mentor Graphics. “Our collaboration with Nottingham will help ensure that engineering students at the university are well-prepared for their careers in IC design.”

About Mentor’s Higher Education Program

“Educate Tomorrow's Engineers and Technology Leaders”

The Mentor Graphics® Higher Education Program provides leading-edge design tools and support to universities and colleges for classroom instruction and academic research. The program helps ensure that engineering graduates entering into the electronics industry are proficient in state-of-the-art tools and methodologies. Established in 1985, the Higher Education Program develops long-term relationships with engineering colleges and universities around the world, and currently has more than 1,400 member colleges in 65 countries.

Campus Open Week

During the Campus Open Week a few days ago, students with Jiangdong Experimental School played games together with their children. Some 2000 parents were invited to the campus to learn about the school life of their kids.

Basketball stand falls and kills student

A pick-up game of basketball at Jinggangshan University in Ji'an City, Jiangxi Province turns tragic after a basketball stand fell and killed a freshman student yesterday noon, Xinhua.net reported.

The 22-year old victim, from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, was crushed by the basketball stand while making a layup during his pregame warm-up. Although he was immediately rushed to hospital, he later died due to his injuries.

A witness told the reporter that the falling stand knocked the boy down when he jumped up and the whole backboard fell on his neck.

The basketball stand was suspected to be in bad quality after years of use.

Xiao Changchun, vice-president of the university, said an oversight in checking the sports equipment was one factor that led to the boy's death and the university should take responsibility.

The cause of the stand's fall is still being investigated.

Four Sino-foreign cooperative colleges to be built in Ningbo

In the following years, Ningbo will cooperate with famous overseas universities to build four Sino-foreign cooperative colleges in the city.

As is planned, Ningbo University will cooperate with such famous overseas universities as the University of Wisconsin to establish an international joint graduate school, with the aim of educating high-level international talents and achieving joint technological research and development. The initial construction of the school will be completed at the beginning of 2014, and it will enroll 500 students, with over 20% of them being foreign students.

Ningbo University of Technology will cooperate with Tongji University and a German university to establish the Sino-German Automobile College, providing such undergraduate courses as vehicle engineering and automobile services. Zhejiang Textile & Fashion College will cooperate with a British university to establish a Sino-British Fashion College, providing such undergraduate courses as fashion design and cooperating with related enterprises to cultivate internationalized talents and develop technologies.

Meanwhile, based on the TAFE College, co-established by Ningbo City College of Vocational Technology, Ningbo Foreign Affairs School and TAFE College in Sydney, Australia, the Ningbo International Vocational College, with an integration of high-school education and vocational education, will be established to perfect the modern vocational education system up to the international standard. It is reported that the college will be put into use in early 2015, with 2000 students enrolled.

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