Taiwan building talent bank for semiconductor industry
TAIPEI -- President Tsai Ing-wen has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to developing Taiwan's semiconductor industry as it builds the country into an advanced manufacturing hub -- while safeguarding its position in global supply chains.
Tsai said Taiwan's key role in the global semiconductor sector had drawn world attention since U.S.-China trade began to experience friction and since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taiwan must continue developing the industry while cultivating more talent in this field as a vital strategic investment, she said.
Tsai made the remarks during the opening of an Academy of Innovative Semiconductor and Sustainable Manufacturing at National Cheng Kung University, in southern Taiwan's Tainan City.
Tsai said the academy is the first of four approved by the Ministry of Education following legislative approval in May of an industry-academia co-operative innovation Act. It is expected that easing restrictions and encouraging industrial participation in academic research will help pool resources and promote R&D capabilities, she said.
Semiconductors are a major component of the government's Six Core Strategic Industries initiative unveiled during President Tsai's 2020 inauguration speech.
The six sectors are information and digital technology, cybersecurity, biotech and medical technology, national defence, green and renewable energy, and strategic stockpile industries.