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Samsung doubles its spending on university research partnerships

By David Schwartz
Published: August 4th, 2020

Samsung Electronics is committing at least 100 billion won ($83M USD) this year to support joint semiconductor and display research in university partnerships – a doubling of last year’s spending.

The South Korean electronics giant has been operating a joint research program for three years, supporting roughly 350 university professors and 400 students, including those in doctoral programs, the company says. This year’s expansion is particularly important for participating universities, given the cuts to research budgets worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The joint research program provides free use of infrastructure, including high-tech semiconductor facilities, which allow researchers to create and test innovations in a real-wrold industrial environment. Last year Samsung helped develop 100 or so prototype semiconductors for research purposes that were commissioned by roughly 10 universities.

According to the company, the joint cooperation programs will be offered not only to engineering departments, but also to researchers in the basic sciences, with a goal of developing an interdisciplinary ecosystem.  

Part of Samsung’s rationale for increased sponsored research investment related to disruption of the global supply chain due to the coronavirus, which has also raised concerns over reliance on materials and parts abroad. Some Korean manufacturers have been forced to suspend operations of factories due to the delayed supply of parts from overseas.  

“The expansion of the joint cooperation with local universities will contribute to fostering practical research and development talent,” said Lee Han-kwan, Samsung Electroincs vice president.

Source: Korea JoongAng Daily

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