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 Lille Pole of the National Coordination of Microelectronics Training (CNFM) and supported by teacher-researchers from the IEMN and the EEA department of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), as well as by the University of Lille which spearheaded it, this generic agreement, from University to University (U2U) covers collaboration in the fields of teaching, research, development and expertise through faculty, staff and student exchange programs, joint academic and training programs, research collaborations and cultural exchange activities.
This MoU was formed within the broader framework of the partnership between ACSIEL and SEIPI that was assembled in September 2018. It was actually virtually signed on December 15, 2021 as a first step of institutional cooperation.

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

formed in September 2018, with the support of the Philippine Embassy in Paris and the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), a close partnership sign of the economic and trade collaboration between France and the Philippines. The cooperation focuses on the growth of the electronics industry and aims to expand 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 organization for electronic components (active, passive, connectors, PCB, 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 euros in the territory. ACSIEL 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 organization of multinational and Philippine semiconductor and electronics companies with over 350 members, including manufacturing companies, related and support industries, and academia.

The Philippine semiconductor and electronics industry employs more than 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 program focusing initially on the training component is under advanced discussion between the Master of Science in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Emergent Technologies course (E-TECH) of the EEA department and the Master of Science in Electronics Engineering of 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) graduate program. Strongly interdisciplinary and research oriented, it is based on the IEMN’s flagship themes, in particular Telecom UHD, Neuromorphic technologies, Smart Energy, IOT Make sense.

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