China's top university Tsinghua University established the School of Integrated Circuits on April 22, a move after "integrated circuit science and engineering" was established as a first-class discipline by China's Ministry of Education in July last year.
Qiu Yong, president of Tsinghua University, said the country's key core technologies must be in its own hands, which will help make a greater contribution to the development of China's independent innovation in integrated circuits.
Qiu said the School of Integrated Circuits was established to focus elite efforts on key core technologies and accelerate the cultivation of high-level innovative talents needed in China.
He said that only by increasing the training of high-level talents and strengthening the development of the discipline can support China's move toward an integrated circuit power.
The School of Integrated Circuits will be built from the former Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics and the Department of Electrical Engineering, focusing on memory, reconfigurable computing, EDA, semiconductor equipment, and materials.
The disciplinary configuration of the School of Integrated Circuits will be based on physics, chemistry, and materials science, involving electronic information, instrumentation science and technology, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
This is not a simple name change, but a revolution, a rebirth, said Wu Huaqiang, dean of the School of Integrated Circuits.