NKUST Signs MOU with Diodes to Develop Next Generation of Semiconductor Engineers
Release Date 23 Sep 2022 Mandarin
In response to the global rush toward semiconductors, the University signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Diodes Inc. on Sep 22 to cultivate professionals in related areas and cooperate closely with education, research, technical exchange, and academia-industry projects.
NKUST is the first university that Diodes Inc. partnered with in southern Taiwan. This collaboration enables the University to effectively integrate academic and industrial resources, strengthen academia and industry connections, and implement cooperative research and educational projects with the semiconductor industry.
Diodes Inc. (Nasdaq: DIOD) is a global integrated device manufacturer (IDM) of application-specific standard products within the discrete, analog, mixed-signal, and logic semiconductor markets, and also serves a broad range of markets, including consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrials, and automotive.
“The environment for semiconductor and tech companies is quite mature in southern Taiwan, and the areas will be the most important segment to turn the nation a Silicon Island.”
“The environment for semiconductor and tech companies is quite mature in southern Taiwan, and the areas will be the most important segment to turn the nation a Silicon Island,” commented Andy Tsong, President, Asia Pacific Region, Diodes Inc.
As the industry aggregation gathers pace in southern Taiwan, it is apparent that key industries and research teams are moving to the south. It also motivates Diodes Inc. to establish a center in the south.
Andy Tsong stressed that Diodes Inc. collaborated with the NKUST, not just for the preparation of their South Operation Center but looking forward to scooping up the cream of NKUST’s talent pool in southern Taiwan.
The University has theoretical and practical training for students from Microelectronics Engineering Department, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department, Electrical Engineering Department, Mechanical Engineering Department, Mechatronics Engineering Department, and Mold and Die Engineering Department. These departments also offer master's and Ph.D. programs to cultivate young professionals across fields.
This academic and industrial collaboration enables students to complete their studies at NKUST and transfer smoothly and seamlessly to the workplace. It is wished that the University and Diodes Inc. can work hand-in-hand to develop techniques for the 3rd generation of semiconductors.
“We believe this partnership with industries can widen and deepen joint work on internships, talent cultivation, and academic research.”
“We have engaged in long-term cooperation with the local industries, and this strong connection enables both sides to nurture specialized talents for years. We work hard to build collaborative projects, labs, or research centers with corporates, to create critical techniques and products that industries need, to cultivate our students with skills and grow in their careers, and to help local companies transform and upgrade,” says president Yang, Ching-Yu. “We believe this partnership with industries can widen and deepen joint work on internships, talent cultivation, and academic research.”
Kaohsiung is the most prominent industry aggregation in southern Taiwan, gathering traditional, chemical, heavy, and high-tech industries. The government has called on more companies to transform into high-tech firms.
Under such a backdrop, the University has both attempted to turn itself into a think tank that engages in academia-industry cooperative projects while building strong connections with old and new industries.
In 2020, the MOE provided a grant to support the University in establishing the Semiconductor Assembly and Testing Talent Development Workshop (半導體封裝測試類產業環境人才培育工廠). Since then, the University has signed collaboration contracts with some semiconductors to ensure students receive practical experience at local enterprises. In 2022, more than 20 semiconductors signed up for the University Job & Internship Fair.
Diodes Inc. has teams to research, develop, and manufacture products for its brand. Its design, marketing, and engineering centers are located in Taipei, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, California, Texas, the U.S., the UK, and Germany. The company is planning to establish a new center in Shalun town in Tainan City, Taiwan. President Yang mentioned in the signing ceremony that he expected to see NKUST students complete their internships at Diodes Inc. in the future.
This cooperation agreement between Diodes Inc. and the University will certainly bring more cooperation from courses, internships, and research. The University will collaborate with the industry to conceive practical courses that can offer students opportunities to train on the sites and to conduct academic research with their instructors. It is hoped that the MOU will create new research-and-teaching pedagogy to cultivate the next generation of talents for the semiconductor industry.
Translated/Edited by Jess Lin