The imec academy is in charge of the science and technology portfolio. To a large extent, this is the public part of training organized at imec. It is active in the field of nanoelectronics, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), nano-electromechanical system (NEMS) and related fields. An overview of the fields covered can be consulted on www.imec-academy.be Seminars and courses range from demystification to deeply technical expert levels.
Figure 1: The imec academy.
The imec academy takes care of the training and dissemination activities of several European funded research programs, and is supporting and coordinating several European training projects such as IDESA, EURODOTS, and others.
For more than 10 years, the imec academy is using multimedia technology to archive training material. The archive holds over 1,000 course and lecture titles. Providing live and on-demand access to that portfolio is of growing importance in the relationship with our customers. We see a growing interest from customers to participate in live or on-demand lectures over the web. Training is a service to our customers and to the community. In some cases, streaming is free of charge to the end-user.
The imec academy developed web-based course material on process technology (1,400 pages + 380 assessment questions). There seems to be growing interest of schools to include this material into their curricula. Part of this material (basic and introductory level) has been translated into Chinese.
The number of contact hours for the local industry and academia is one of imec's key performance indicators for the Flemish government. In 2011 the imec academy organized close to 500 technical events. The number of contact hours clocked at 15,7000 hours; an increase by 14% compared to last year. 53% was for industry and academia of which again a 54% share was for the local Flemish community. These data include 11% real-time and on-demand webcasting.
Figure 2: Training for stakeholders.
Figure 3: Evolution of contact hours.