UWB students could undergo training in chips and semiconductors with TU Dresden colleagues

International Cooperation Science

On Thursday, March 14th, Rector Miroslav Lávička visited the Technische Universität Dresden, with which the University of West Bohemia could intensify cooperation in the future mainly in the field of semiconductors and chips. New production plant of the Taiwanese TSMC is set to be established there.

Scientific collaboration, student and researcher mobility, as well as joint activities with Taiwanese universities in the areas of semiconductor and chip technologies were the main topics of discussion at the meeting of universities and entrepreneurs in the German state of Saxony. One form of the new cooperation could be joint inter-university courses with TU Dresden. "Courses on chip and semiconductor development would be led by experts from Taiwan, and we are discussing the possibility of Czech and German students attending them either in Dresden or in Pilsen," says Rector Miroslav Lávička.

The meeting continued with a visit to Silicon Saxony, which is the largest high-tech network in Saxony with approximately 500 members and one of the largest ICT clusters in Germany. It connects manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, universities, research institutes, public institutions, and startups in and outside of Saxony. "There were discussions about greater involvement of the University of West Bohemia, especially in the field of power semiconductor technologies and power semiconductor chips. The recently prepared National Semiconductor Strategy of the Czech Republic was also mentioned," adds the Rector, who also mentioned the plans of the University of West Bohemia in the Czech National Semiconductor Cluster, of which the university is a member.

Last but not least, there was also a discussion on the so-called Chip Act, an EU initiative aimed at increasing Europe's competitiveness and resilience in semiconductor technologies and applications and achieving digital and ecological transformation. "For the University of West Bohemia to fully utilize its activities, it will be necessary for the Pilsen Region, and subsequently the Karlovy Vary Region, to become members of the European Alliance of Semiconductor Regions, following the example of other regions in the Czech Republic," concludes Rector Miroslav Lávička.

It was the Consul General of the Czech Republic in Saxony, Markéta Meissnerová, who invited the Rector of the University of West Bohemia on the Dresden trip. Today, Czech President Petr Pavel is also heading to the same city. His itinerary includes a visit to GlobalFoundries, which designs and manufactures semiconductors. He will also visit the Reliability Lab, which focuses on monitoring the quality of wafers, the basic disk used in semiconductor production for creating microcircuits.


The high-tech cluster Silicon Saxony consists of 500 members.


Andrea Čandová

15. 03. 2024