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STPI Drawing Lessons from the Industry and the Academia in Japan in Nurturing Talents

2020/02/20

STPI has implemented the Research Alliance (REAL) Promotion and Research Plan to encourage the industry, academia, and research sectors in the semiconductor field to jointly invest in cutting-edge technological studies and nurture top-end doctoral talents. In order to push forward the promotion and implementation of this plan, STPI members traveled to Tokyo to observe Japan’s approaches toward training elite personnel and promoting research and development of the latest technology.

 

The delegation visited the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), JST-affiliated Center for Research and Development Strategy (CRDS), TLO for the University of Tokyo, and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), and looked into Japan’s latest promotion and development strategies for subsidizing projects in basic research, applied research, and industry-academic cooperation. The team also gained a better understanding of the employment of PhDs in Japan, as well as relevant training programs developed from the perspectives of businesses and research institutes. By tapping into the pulse of Japan’s latest trends, Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology can be provided with a point of reference from which to deepen industry-academic cooperation.

The STPI team visits the Department of Research Program Strategy and Department of Industry-Academic Cooperation in JST

 

The delegation learned that scientific research subsidies in Japan place great importance on young researchers’ potential for innovation (such as PRESTO and ACT-X’s basic research and A-STEP’s cooperation), regardless of basic research or industry-academic cooperation. The necessity of technological research and development in meeting societal needs (such as the plans for creating societies of the future) is also highly emphasized. Apart from executing scientific research projects, JST also supports the development of young research talents and assists in managing and transferring university research and development. Japan and Taiwan currently face similar challenges concerning the fostering of PhD-level talents. In order to strengthen the continued promotion of scientific innovation via talent cultivation, Japan has reformed PhD training programs (such as PhD leadership programs and the WISE university program) and worked in concert with non-governmental organizations, creating a stronger and more multi-faceted employment market for PhD students.

The STPI team engages in exchange with CRDS Principal Fellow Kimikazu Iwase (center)

 

This trip allowed the STPI team to gain a fundamental understanding of how Japan defines key science and technology issues, trends in subsidizing scientific research projects, and the nurturing of young scholars and PhD students. During the visit, the STPI team also shared scientific research and development trends in Taiwan with their Japanese counterparts. By interacting and exchanging ideas with each other, we hope to build a platform to maintain continued cooperation with Japanese science and technology institutions.

Visiting TLO for the University of Tokyo and its president and representative director Takafumi Yamamoto (center)