Applied Materials Teams Up with SIT to Support a Future-Ready Semiconductor Workforce


Working together in continuing education and training (CET) and local ecosystem capability building

Applied Materials South East Asia Pte. Ltd. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to develop and implement continuing education and training (CET) programmes for Applied Materials employees. The initiative underscores the importance of building and maintaining a future-ready talent pipeline in Singapore to serve the global semiconductor industry.

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The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Brian Tan, Vice President, Applied Global Services and Regional President, Applied Materials Southeast Asia and Professor Chua Kee Chaing, SIT President, in the presence of Tan Lee Sar, Managing Director, HR Business Regional Partner Lead, Applied Materials Southeast Asia and Bernard Nee, Vice President (Industry & Community), SIT. SIT and Applied Materials will establish continuing education and training (CET) programmes for Applied Materials employees. (Photo: Applied Materials South East Asia)

Applied Materials and SIT will offer customised learning programmes related to Industry 4.0 concepts, such as artificial intelligence, data engineering, the Internet of Things, machine learning and smart factory. The curriculum and duration of the programmes are customized to the needs of Applied Materials employees and include both short and long courses as well as stackable post-graduate modules, delivered by SIT academic staff.

“The semiconductor industry requires constant innovation, and investing in the development of our workforce is critical to maintaining technology leadership,” said Brian Tan, Vice President, Applied Global Services and Regional President, Applied Materials South East Asia. “We are excited to work with SIT and provide our employees with advanced knowledge and skillsets to keep inventing the future, in alignment with Singapore’s Manufacturing 2030 vision of becoming a global business, innovation and talent hub for advanced manufacturing.”

“Our collaboration with Applied Materials offers valuable opportunities for the company’s employees to equip themselves with knowledge of in-demand skills in areas such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. The programmes will tap on SIT’s strengths in applied learning and research, and will contribute towards capability building in the local semiconductor industry and across its ecosystem.  SIT is delighted to support Applied Materials in this important workforce initiative,” said Professor Chua Kee Chaing, SIT President.

“By catering to the needs of working professionals, SIT is a valued education collaborator of Applied Materials. We look forward to supporting the career growth of our employees and helping Singapore cultivate the workforce of tomorrow,” said Tan Lee Sar, Managing Director, HR Business Partner Regional Lead, Applied Materials South East Asia.


Key representatives from Applied Materials South East Asia and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). (Photo:  Applied Materials South East Asia)

With a workforce of more than 2,500, Applied Materials South East Asia is the largest employer in Singapore’s semiconductor equipment industry. Applied Materials established its presence in Singapore more than 30 years ago with a small sales and service office that has grown to become a major manufacturing and operations hub supporting nearly all of the company’s business units and corporate functions. In 2019, Applied Materials received the Distinguished Partner in Progress Award from the Government of Singapore in recognition of the company’s outstanding contributions and commitment to the country.

About Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. is the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations make possible a better future. Learn more at

About Singapore Institute of Technology

The Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) is Singapore’s first University of Applied Learning, offering industry-relevant degree programmes that prepare its graduates to be work- and future-ready professionals. Its mission is to maximise the potential of its learners and to innovate with industry, through an integrated applied learning and research approach, so as to contribute to the economy and society. 

The University’s unique pedagogy integrates work and study, embracing authentic learning in a real-world environment through collaborations with key strategic partners. Its focus on applied research with business impact is aimed at helping industry innovate and grow. Targeted to be ready in 2024, SIT’s centralised campus within the larger Punggol Digital District will feature a vibrant learning environment where academia and industry will be tightly integrated with the community.

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