Alba expects design migration to Scotland

Alba expects design migration to Scotland
Alex Mayhew-Smith The Alba Centre is expecting new partners to join its systems integration design campus in Livingston, Scotland. “You won’t have to wait long. It will be of a modest scale but high in value,” said Kevin Clark, director of the Centre. Since setting up in 1997, Cadence has been the only partner with a permanent design team on the site. “We are in fairly well developed conversations,” said Clark. However, he emphasised a need for the industry to realise Alba is mainly a long term project. “It is not just about that they come but that they should come, stay and fit in… it is not about the quick fix,” said Clark, who foresees the campus becoming full in four to five years’ time. The Centre, set up by Scottish Enterprise and four leading universities in Scotland, has also managed to attract 16 members to its virtual component exchange since setting up last October. The third division of Alba, the Institute for System Level Integration, will open its full time Masters course in October with 20 students. “Half will be from the UK and half from overseas,” said Steve Beaumont, director of the Institute. “The plan is to grow the course to 50 students.” The Centre also plans to offer a PhD position in October, a post where half the time will be spent with a company. “We will show students here how to market and exploit opportunities. We want to encourage people to go off and start up companies,” he said.


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