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Cayman Islands Government

US$50,000 for UCCI Sciences

(From left) University College of the Cayman Islands Dean Brian Chapell and President Roy Bodden accept a cheque for US$50,000 from O2Micro International Directors Jim Keim and Michael Austin.

This level of private sector contribution to the sciences at UCCI is unprecedented.

—UCCI President Roy Bodden

International power management and security development company O2Micro International Limited recently donated US$50,000 to the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).

Earmarked for the college's physics and electronics programme, school officials thanked the company for this "unparalleled" donation.

"This level of private sector contribution to the sciences at UCCI is unprecedented," said UCCI President Roy Bodden. "It will allow us to enhance what we currently offer and will be used in the best interests of our student body."

Explaining that local students tend to fear the sciences, he saw the donation as an opportunity to show them available career paths in the field.

"The fear will disappear if disciplines like engineering are attractively presented so that students can see the prospects available to them," he added.

O2Micro International Director and Head of Marketing Jim Keim noted that while engineers are the problem solvers for most of the world's challenges, their numbers haven't grown to match demand.

His company therefore wants to help direct young people into the field and has already made sizeable contributions to tertiary institutions in all company locations, including China, Singapore and India.

Founded in 1995, O2Micro International is headquartered in Grand Cayman and is listed on the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

The company specialises in developing products that enhance mobility and increase battery efficiency for high-tech devices such as cell phones, laptops, LCD screens and car computers. Their clients include Sony, Samsung, Toyota and BMW.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan