Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of Lille
and the State University of Batangas in the Philippines (BSU)

Initiated by the Pôle Lillois de la Coordination Nationale de la Formation en Microélectronique (CNFM) and supported by teacher-researchers from the IEMN and the EEA department de la Faculté des Sciences et Technologies (FST), as well as by theUniversité de Lille which spearheaded it, this generic University to University (U2U) agreement covers the collaboration in the fields of education, research ofthe development and expertise through exchange programmes for teachers, staff and students. This includes joint academic and training programmes, research collaborations and cultural exchange activities.
This MoU was formed within the broader framework of the partnership between ACSIEL and SEIPI which was set up in September 2018. It was virtually signed on 15 December 2021 as a first step of institutional cooperation.

ACSIEL Alliance Électronique et Semiconductor & Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Foundation Inc. (SEIPI)

formed in September 2018, thanks to the support of the Philippine Embassy in Paris and the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), a close partnership as a sign of the economic and commercial collaboration between France and the Philippines. The cooperation focuses on the growth of the electronics industry and aims to develop trade in electronic goods and services between the two countries, promote global relations between SMEs in the respective electronics sectors and increase industrial investment opportunities in each territory.

ACSIEL is the largest French organisation for electronic components (active, passive, connectors, PCBs, electromechanical), test and measurement, and equipment and consumables for the electronics industry and universities.

It has 150 members representing more than 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, generating a turnover of more than €6 billion in the region. ACSIEL's members cover research, development, manufacturing and commercial activities, and also include the maintenance of electronic products throughout their life cycle, involving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to large companies and laboratories.

SEIPI is the leading organisation of multinational and Philippine semiconductor and electronics companies with more than 350 members, including manufacturing companies, related and support industries, and academia.

The Philippine semiconductor and electronics industry employs over 3 million direct and indirect workers and is the largest contributor to the country's manufacturing sector with cumulative electronics exports of US$38 billion as of October 2021, or 61.2% of total Philippine exports.

In this context, an exchange programme focusing initially on training is under advanced discussion between the Master Nanosciences et Nanotechnologies Emergent Technologies (E-TECH) course of the EEA department and the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering de BSU.

The Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Master's degree, taught 100% in English, is one of the thematic paths of excellence of the "Information and Knowledge Society" (IKS). Strongly interdisciplinary and research oriented, it is based on the IEMN's flagship themes, in particular Telecom UHD, Neuromorphic technologies, Smart Energy, IOT Make sens.

An official delegation from the University of Lille in the presence of the heads of the Master's programme and International Relations will be welcomed at the end of June at BSU. This initiative, which aims to strengthen the future exchange programme and to develop new collaborations related to the IEMN research, is financially supported by, among others, the University Cooperation of the French Embassy in the Philippines, the CNFM of Lille, the EEA Department, and the FST.