Intel’s tech centre launched at KUSTAR

As Abu Dhabi started laying the foundation for its vision for a diversified economy with focus on science and technology, the education sector has also begun forging partnerships with technology companies to prepare the future human resources needed to realise that vision.

By Olivia Olarte

Published: Tue 6 Jul 2010, 9:59 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:08 AM

One of these is the launch on Sunday of the Discovery Centre by the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) in partnership with Intel Corporation, the world leader in semiconductor technology.

A replica of the Intel Museum in Santa Clara in the US, the Discovery Centre was established to offer students and visitors a rare ‘behind-the-scenes’ glimpse into Intel’s world of high technology and “encourage students to look at technology as a career,” said Nassir Nauthoa, Intel’s general manager for Gulf Countries.

“We brought to KUSTAR the information, technology story, Intel history (and) the expertise,” he added, which will be imparted to students on a guided tour of the 1000 sq ft facility.

Students and visitors at the centre will learn about microprocessor history, computer chip design and manufacturing, chip factories, and technology careers in a dynamic and stimulating educational environment.

“Our main targets are Grade 9-12 students… this will show them how technology is applied in real life and hopefully give them a good perspective on what they can do and where they can work,” said Amani Al Saadi, the centre coordinator.

“We don’t only seek for excellence in education; we also seek to play a role in complementing the nation’s efforts to raise awareness of the value and importance of education and research in the field of technology…,” said Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, KUSTAR’s interim president.

Guided tours can be arranged by calling KUSTAR at 02-4018000. Reservations should be done two days in advance.

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