Abstract – Significant change in Malaysia’s Microelectronic industry at the turn of the century has created new challenges for the institutions in the region. To cater for the resulting workforce market changes, the development and implementation of a new four year Bachelor of Engineering in Microelectronic Engineering curriculum at the Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia is herein reported. The curriculum incorporates general electronics subjects with specialized subjects on microelectronic design, fabrication, MEMS and failure analysis. Skills development is increased through inclusion of significant practical components in every technical course. ‘Teaching-fab’, chip design and failure analysis facilities plus a fully functioning ‘teaching-factory’ are build for educational purposes. Active collaborations with the industry are the key elements of the implementation. The total enrollment is 408 students and the first batch of 108 students will be graduating in July 2006. This paper will address the issues and challenges faced in the design, approval and implementation of the program.
Index Terms – Practical oriented, Industry relevant, Microelectronic engineering, Complete cycle.
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