On Dec. 21, 2021, our Industry Academia Innovation School hosted its inauguration ceremony, inviting President Tsai Ing-wen, Premier Su Tseng-chang, Minister of State Lo Ping-cheng, Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung, Hsinchu City Mayor Lin Chih-chien, Administrative Deputy Minister Lin Chuan-neng (of the Ministry of Economic Affairs), Department of Higher Education Deputy Director-General Chu Chun-chang; representatives from seven of our university’s partners (i.e., TSMC, Foxconn, Wistron, Powerchip, Advantech, MediaTek, and Novatek); and representatives from the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, and the research field to celebrate the event.
During her speech, President Tsai indicated that in response to the shortage of advanced talented workers, the Taiwanese government loosened its regulations to allow national universities to gather resources from professional industries to co-establish “national key industry research institutes.” “Semiconductor colleges” were set as the first of said “research institutes,” and our university, the National Tsing Hua University, the National Taiwan University, and the National Cheng Kung University were approved to establish related colleges.
President Tsai continued by saying that our university established Taiwan’s first-ever institute of electronics and semiconductor lab, is a leader in the fields of electronics and semiconductors in Taiwan, elevates Taiwan’s academic research capacity in the field of electronics, and contributes to the prosperity of the Hsinchu Science Park. The inauguration ceremony of the Industry Academia Innovation School held today is a crucial milestone exemplifying industry–academia cocreation. President Tsai hoped that our university would facilitate industry–government–academia–research collaboration, allowing Taiwan’s semiconductor industry to shine on the international stage.
President Lin Chi-hung of our university noted that semiconductor-based AI/intelligent systems are ubiquitous and the foundation of the digital economy and sustainable, energy-saving sustainable society in the future. Our Industry Academia Innovation School has established a research institute focusing on prospective semiconductors and intelligent systems, where prospective semiconductor-related studies will be conducted using the 100+ semiconductor equipment and 3,000+ m2 clean rooms area (which outclass all universities nationwide) provided by our Nano Facility Center. By contrast, intelligent system-related studies will be performed using the large-scale intelligent computing cloud platforms offered by our CSIT, with the Taiwan Computing Cloud serving as our backup platform.
President Lin stated that the Industry Academia Innovation School demonstrates the spirit of industry–academia cocreation, and hoped that through innovative organizations and operations, our university would become a prestigious university featuring international competitiveness and value, driving Taiwan’s industrial upgrades.
Stan Shih, founder of Acer Inc. and representative of the Industry Academia Innovation School management committee commented that to elevate Taiwan’s international competitiveness and promote its economic development, industrial upgrades and transformation as well as talent cultivation must be handled with top priorities. Accordingly, our university actively endorses industry–academia cocreation, invests academic resources in cutting-edge research, introduces corporate R&D projects, systematically strengthens the connection between industry and academia, and makes our campus follow the footsteps of the Hsinchu Science Park to become Taiwan’s 3.0 industrial research park, using industry–academia cocreation to create new mechanisms for mutual cocreation and sustainable growth.
The Industry Academia Innovation School innovatively changed its organizational structure, adopts fluid organizational platforms, and brings its colleges (e.g., the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, College of Science, College of Computer Science, College of Artificial Intelligence, and College of Medicine), Research Center, Joint Research Center, and International College of Semiconductor Technology together to maximize the synergic effects. Moreover, it conducts top-level research and cultivates elite students to excel in next-generation, forward-looking technology including semiconductor, AI, quantum computing, Internet of Things, and broadband communication technology, driving next-generation national industrial upgrades and industry growth.
Chinese version: https://www.nycu.edu.tw/news/3017/