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Industry should urge talents to join semiconductor industry: Nicky Lu

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA) chairman Nicky Lu (盧超群) pointed out that Taiwan semiconductor industry started from scratch, and then moved on to excel as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), before finally climbing to the world's No. 2 spot in terms of output value.

The industry is now in its fourth generation, Lu said, adding that the semiconductor industry needs new talent to take over.

Lu mentioned that talent in the future should think outside of the established framework. He said that Taiwan needs talented people like Einstein, people who are specialized in liberal arts, economy, law and so forth. The government's policies should be more clear, and must encourage more young people to join Taiwan's semiconductor industry. If there is no new talent participating, it will be a concern in the future, said Lu.

Lu also emphasized in a press conference held by the Industrial Technology Research Institute that the semiconductor industry is not yet mature, and related products and technologies will offer endless opportunity in the next decade. Since Taiwan is positioned at the semiconductor industry's highest sector, Taiwan should continue to develop the industry. Otherwise, the whole world will be affected, Lu said.

For now, the semiconductor industry is undergoing restructuring, Lu said. Japan's policy is about internal integration, while mainland China is investing hundreds of billions to gain a foothold rapidly. Singapore's industrial research microelectronics center has also received SG$200 billion from the government. Japan has already teamed up with Singapore's national university in order to obtain a foothold on the global stage. Taiwan should pay close attention to this development, Lu said.

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