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World's top microchip producer, Belarusian IT university open joint lab

Economy 20.09.2018 | 16:36

MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) – The Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (BSUIR) and SK hynix memory solutions Eastern Europe have opened a joint lab for educational purposes, BelTA has learned.

BSUIR Rector Vadim Bogush, Hi-Tech Park Deputy Director for Marketing and Development Alexander Martinkevich, SK hynix First Vice President Jason Lee, and Director of SK hynix memory solutions Eastern Europe Howard Christopher Alan took part in the opening ceremony.

Vadim Bogush described the project as an opportunity for international-level cooperation. “After evaluating all the options for placing research assets, manufacturing and development competences, the high-tech South Korean company has chosen Belarus. The choice is not accidental. It is justified and requires a lot from us. The joint educational lab will become a good platform to staff the software R&D center in the Hi-Tech Park with highly qualified specialists capable of handling complicated engineering tasks,” he said.

In turn, Jason Lee said that the new lab would become the first step on the way towards mutual successful cooperation. “We think highly of the BSUIR's role in training specialists in the area of radio electronics, computer technologies, and telecommunications. As our company grows, we need talented specialists and engineers with well-developed critical and logical thinking, with good theoretical background. We believe that the lab will allow training the specialists our company could employ later on,” said the SK hynix first vice president.

Howard Christopher Alan congratulated those present on the launch of the important joint project. “The lab is important for both sides. We will be able to offer modern knowledge to university students. We can use the lab to demonstrate what we do and by doing so, we can spark interest and employ outstanding engineers. The graduates will become sought-after specialists on the Belarusian labor market,” he added.

Hi-Tech Park Deputy Director for Marketing and Development Alexander Martinkevich said: “In addition to training testers and programmers and teaching the skills the market needs the new lab will form the foundation for joint scientific research. It will provide good background and will train the people, who will create competitive information technologies later on.”

SK hynix is part of SK Group, one of the world's largest holding companies, and accounts for about one half of capitalization of the South Korean group. In 2017 the company reported an 80% increase in earnings, with the total sum close to $30 billion. This year's financial indicators have increased by 20% already. SK hynix is the world's fastest growing microchip and operating memory manufacturer. Its solutions are used in products made by Apple, Microsoft, LG, HP, Dell, and Asus.

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