Samsung, the Korean electronic giant has joined Amir Kabir University of Technology and launched Samsung-AUT Tech center in Tehran.
Samsung Electronics the world’s second largest information Technology Company by revenue, after Apple, invests at least 9% of its sales revenue in R&D activities according to their website.
Samsung research and development network consists of 6 centers in Korea and 18 more in nine other countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, India, Japan and China, as well as other research centers and universities. Recently the Korean giant has joined Amir Kabir University of Technology (AUT) to establish Samsung-AUT Tech center.
On April 16th, Samsung-AUT Tech center got launched in Tehran. A center with the goal of supporting researchers and projects focused on smartphone applications in the areas of education, health, environment and energy. A team consisting of AUT and Samsung are to decide whether a project or a team is worth supporting or not. Only then, the researchers and the developing teams are provided with 3 courses that are each 3 months long at this center.
During the opening ceremony of the center, Farnaz Farzi, head of Samsung PR in Iran, stated that: “The Samsung-AUT Tech center project is part of Samsung’s social responsibility. Samsung is holding [these] projects in Iran and all around the globe in the fields of health, energy, environment and education.” She also added that for projects to be accepted by Samsung-AUT center, they must be research based.
Ahmad Motamedi head of Amir Kabir University of Technology stated that their goal is to support innovative and technological research projects. “Another concern for us is to develop international relations for the university,” he added. He also stated that a major point of weakness for Iranian universities is not having international relations. “We should use the knowledge and technology of such companies, as well as their economic potentials,” Motamedi added at the end of the event.
“Nowadays such research and development centers are common in the world. These research centers would help the students to get ready for working in industries,” said Mr. hung, the CEO of Samsung during the opening ceremony.
According to the agreement signed by the head of Amir Kabir University of Technology and CEO of Samsung in Iran, this company is obligated to provide the funding and the needed equipment while AUT will provide the space for the center.
It is worth mentioning that Samsung and AUT will have no possession rights regarding the products of the teams supported by this center.
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