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    Dr. Kamel Witnesses MoU Signing between Nile University and Mentor Graphics

    Cairo, 6 April 2009

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology Dr. Tarek Kamel and Mentor Graphics President Gregory Hinckley witnessed today the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Nile University (NU) and Mentor Graphics.

    Nile University Vice President of Finance and Administration Dr. Amr Mortagi and Managing Director of Mentor Graphics Egypt Dr. Hazem El-Tahawy signed the agreement.

    Based on the MoU, Mentor Graphics will provide support to the Microelectronics System Design programs at NU. Mentor Graphics will also enter into joint research projects with NU's Nanoelectronics Integrated Systems Center (NISC), including fellowships and training opportunities at the company's branch in Egypt. 

    The MoU aims to prop up the microelectronics system design, develop human resources and support students in this domain.

    Minister Kamel stated that the agreement falls within the strategy of Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). The MCIT strategy focuses on boosting research and development (R&D), encouraging innovation and creating a base of well-trained human capital in sophisticated specialties to meet the market needs locally and abroad. Such a strategy, he noted, confirms that Egypt is on the right path as to building an integrated scientific system based on a foundation of advanced scientific research.

    Microelectronic circuits are major components in most modern industries like computers, aircrafts and automotives, which directly depend on control systems of high precision.

    The industry goes through three main stages: designing electronic programs through specialized software programs, implementation and manufacturing, and finally, measurement and testing to ensure the quality of the final product and its compliance with international technical standards. 

    In this respect, NU has two advanced labs; the first is dedicated to Microelectronics System Design (MSD). The second lab is allocated to the assessment of the system's efficiency to carry out the industry's third phase. These two phases have a high economic value, about 90% of the industry. 



    About Nile University
    Established in 2006, Nile University is a not-for-profit institution of higher education primarily dedicated to excellence in technology-related fields with focus on business development and applied research. It is the first university in Egypt and the region to specialize in postgraduate education and research. The university is a partnership between civil society (Egyptian Foundation for Technology Education and Development – EFTED), the government (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology – MCIT) and the ICT industry.


    About Mentor Graphics
    Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $800 million and employs approximately 4,500 people worldwide.
    The Mentor Graphics branch in Egypt has been operating since 1995. It is one of the company's biggest branches in the world where more than 280 Egyptian engineers work on designing software programs used in designing electronic circuits and systems. The Egypt branch also undertakes several agreements with Egyptian universities.


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