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Great Expectations at the Opening Ceremony of the College of Semiconductor Research

2021.12.27
The opening ceremony of NTHU’s College of Semiconductor Research (CoSR) was held on December 27th. Among the distinguished guests were ROC president Tsai Ing-wen(蔡英文), Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung(潘文忠), Hsinchu mayor Lin Chihchien, and Powerchip Technology Corporation CEO Frank Huang(黃崇仁). During the ceremony, NTHU president Hocheng Hong said that the semiconductor industry plays a key role in Taiwan's economy, and that specialized education is essential to maintaining its competitive edge; thus the establishment of the CoSR is a major milestone for both NTHU and the nation.
 
The CoSR is headed by Academia Sinica fellow Burn Lin(林本堅), whose research in immersion lithography technology has had a major impact on the development of the semiconductor industry worldwide. Lin has formulated an approach to education emphasizing specialization, generalization, and innovation, the latter of which was emphasized in the speeches of Presidents Tsai Ing-wen and Hocheng Hong.
 
President Tsai said that the CoSR is the fourth such college recently established in Taiwan, and that she has attended each of their opening ceremonies as a way of underscoring the nation’s emphasis on industry-university cooperation and education in semiconductor technology. The challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic and the changing global economic situation have highlighted the importance of Taiwan in the global supply chain, especially regarding the high-tech industry. At the same time, making the most of the present situation to enhance semiconductor education and to accelerate the development of related R&D requires close cooperation between industry, government, and academia, especially in terms of strengthening the competitiveness of Taiwan's semiconductor industry.
 
President Tsai said that by virtue of its long-standing strengths in electrical engineering, computer science, materials science, and machinery, Tsing Hua University is ideally situated to collaborate with the semiconductor industry in education and research, an arrangement which affords a high level of flexibility. She also said that each of Taiwan’s four colleges of semiconductor research has its own “secret weapon,” and that at NTHU Dean Lin is the secret weapon!
 
In his speech, President Hocheng emphasized the importance of the semiconductor industry to national security. He further added that specialized education is essential to maintain the industry’s competitive edge and to cultivate the next generation of experts, for whom no challenge is insurmountable.
 
President Hocheng pointed out that NTHU is the only university in greater China that has three Nobel Prize winners among its alumni. Moreover, for the past decade, NTHU has been giving increased emphasis to interdisciplinary education and innovation, with the result that around a quarter of its graduates have a double specialization—about the same as the California Institute of Technology. With the establishment of the CoSR, Tsing Hua is set to become a leading player in semiconductor research.
 
President Hocheng further pointed out that the greatest strength of the CoSR is Dean Lin, whose remarkable achievements in both industry and academia have made him the Einstein of semiconductor technology. It is due to Lin’s reputation that CoSR’s establishment has attracted so much attention from domestic and foreign media, including the Japanese newspaper Asahi ShimbunAsahi Shimbun. President Hocheng also added that: “The future of semiconductor innovation will soon become manifest at NTHU!”
 
During his speech, Dean Lin pointed out that it is essential for Taiwan to train specialists capable of meeting the challenges posed by the rapid pace of development in the semiconductor industry, and that this is the central mission of the CoSR.
 
The CoSR has four programs, viz., components, design, manufacturing, and materials. After the admission criteria were announced, the response was very enthusiastic. A total of more than 400 university graduates applied, and the first batch of incoming students consists of 80 master’s students and 12 doctoral students; recruitment of the next class of doctoral students is currently underway. While some of the students in the first batch will commence their studies in February, most will enroll in August.
 
Dean Lin had a special word of thanks for the eleven enterprises that have provided both funding and faculty for the CoSR: the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, GlobalWafers, Unimicron, United Microelectronics, Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation, Novatek Microelectronics, Nanya Technology, Micron Technology, and Tokyo Electron. He also announced that matching funds will be provided by the National Development Fund of the Executive Yuan.
 
With the combined funding provided by government and business, the CoSR has recruited an impressive faculty, consisting of 40 full-time and jointly appointed instructors, including top scholars and industry leaders from the United States and Japan.
 
ROC president Tsai Ing-wen(蔡英文) (left) and NTHU president Hocheng Hong pointed out the key role of innovation.

ROC president Tsai Ing-wen(蔡英文) (left) and NTHU president Hocheng Hong pointed out the key role of innovation.

President Hocheng (right) presenting President Tsai with a plaque to mark the opening of the CoSR.

President Hocheng (right) presenting President Tsai with a plaque to mark the opening of the CoSR.

President Hocheng (right) presenting President Tsai with a cluster of budding plum branches from the Mei Memorial Garden.

President Hocheng (right) presenting President Tsai with a cluster of budding plum branches from the Mei Memorial Garden.

President Hocheng said that the semiconductor industry plays a key role in Taiwan's economy, and that specialized education is essential to maintaining its competitive edge.

President Hocheng said that the semiconductor industry plays a key role in Taiwan's economy, and that specialized education is essential to maintaining its competitive edge.

The Dean of the CoSR is Burn Lin(林本堅), who has formulated an approach to education emphasizing specialization, generalization, and innovation.

The Dean of the CoSR is Burn Lin(林本堅), who has formulated an approach to education emphasizing specialization, generalization, and innovation.

ROC president Tsai Ing-wen delivering her speech at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

ROC president Tsai Ing-wen delivering her speech at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

Powerchip Technology Corporation CEO Frank Huang(黃崇仁) (center) delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

Powerchip Technology Corporation CEO Frank Huang(黃崇仁) (center) delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung(潘文忠) (right) and Hsinchu mayor Lin Chihchien on stage at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung(潘文忠) (right) and Hsinchu mayor Lin Chihchien on stage at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

Dean Lin on stage at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

Dean Lin on stage at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

ROC president Tsai Ing-wen delivering her speech at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

ROC president Tsai Ing-wen delivering her speech at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

President Hocheng (right) presenting President Tsai with an 8-inch silicon wafer imprinted with her photo in laser relief.

President Hocheng (right) presenting President Tsai with an 8-inch silicon wafer imprinted with her photo in laser relief.

VIPs at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

VIPs at the opening ceremony of the CoSR.

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