The government-funded Institute for Information Industry (資策會) and National Central University announced yesterday their co-founding of the Advanced Software Technology Center, in an attempt to convert universities' research and development (R&D) capability into applicable technology.
\n"As universities are usually the source of newly developed technology, we hope the two parties' cooperation would help boost the domestic software industry," Ke Jyh-sheng (柯志昇), the institute's president, said at the signing ceremony yesterday.
\nBoth parties would initially invest NT$7 million to NT$8 million in the center and plan to to recruit up to 50 research staff in the first year, said Walter Lo (羅德和), the institute's executive vice president.
\nThis collaboration forms part of the government's plans to help transform the R&D fruits of universities and research institutes into applicable technologies.
\nEarlier this year, the institute signed up with two other universities, National Tsinghua University and National Chao Tung University, to establish similar software research centers.
\nThe academia circle's research and development expenditure grew at an average 8.48 percent annually for the past five years, which was higher than the average 7.08 percent increase of domestic R&D expenditure over the same period, according to figures by Department of Industrial Technology under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
\nAs a result, the ministry placed great emphasis on whether academic circles' output could assist with the prosperity of the nation's industries and encouraged organizations and universities to co-establish research and development centers, helping development of the nation's high-tech sector.
\n"The center's research and development areas covers service-oriented software technology, e-learning and education programs in the future," said Victor Tsan (
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