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TSMC teams up with universities to upgrade workforce

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, said yesterday it is working with National Cheng Kung University and National University of Kaohsiung to launch a talent development program.

Starting from this semester, the two universities will send professors to lecture TSMC employees on a range of IC related topics, such as semiconductor production technology and IC component and material development, the company said.

In turn, TSMC will send engineers and other professionals to the two schools to share their practical expertise with students.

Under an agreement signed by all three parties, the program will tentatively be held for two semesters, the company said.

The Ministry of Education will recognize the credits earned by TSMC employees in the program, which will help them obtain a second degree more quickly. It is also expected to help TSMC employees obtain professional certificates, which would improve their career prospects, it said.

“Talent is the most important resource for TSMC,” said Tu Long-chin (杜隆欽), vice president of TSMC’s human resource division. “As a leading semiconductor company, TSMC always focuses on how to train its employees and turn them into professionals.”

These exchanges are expected to help TSMC integrate academic learning and practical industrial expertise and allow it to focus on industrial education, he said.

In the first stage, TSMC will select 25 employees, while an unspecified number of students in master’s or PhD courses at the two universities will participate in the program.

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