NCKU, Purdue's program partner, fosters talent exchange between Taiwan and the USA-國立成功大學永續發展SDGs

NCKU, Purdue's program partner, fosters talent exchange between Taiwan and the USA

SDG17

NCKU, Purdue's program partner, fosters talent exchange between Taiwan and the USA

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NCKU and Purdue University from the United States have maintained a longstanding cooperative relationship, with Purdue University's College of Engineering leading a group of faculty and students for the first time to NCKU for an overseas program. During their visit, they delved into understanding Taiwan's technological achievements, the critical position of the semiconductor industry, economic development and future challenges, as well as international alliance cooperation models. NCKU's International Affairs Office expressed that both universities are vigorously promoting and implementing Taiwan-US cooperation in scientific research and industry, as well as diverse exchanges of talents across various fields. This initiative aims to enhance the cross-cultural and cross-regional understanding and care among the younger generation, as well as the ability to analyze international layouts and perspectives.


The collaboration between NCKU and Purdue University has been ongoing since the US aid period in 1952. From June 24th to 27th, 20 new students from Purdue University's College of Engineering visited NCKU for an overseas program. In the future, Purdue University's overseas programs will primarily partner with NCKU, selecting students to participate in short-term internships or exchanges in professional laboratories at NCKU. Both parties expect fruitful outcomes in talent cultivation and academic cooperation in fields such as data science, aerospace, semiconductor, and healthcare.


Since 2022, there has been an urgent demand for a large number of high-level R&D talents in the semiconductor industry. Various universities in the US and Taiwan, including Purdue University and NCKU, have started offering master's or doctoral programs in the semiconductor field. In the same year, the College of Engineering at Purdue University and the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at NCKU also signed a cooperation agreement on semiconductors and smart manufacturing, supporting research collaboration and student exchanges between the two institutions. 


On June 27th, the Purdue University team visited the NCKU Institute of Smart Semiconductor and Sustainable Manufacturing, where they listened to a lecture by Dean Yen-Kun Su on the "Taiwan Semiconductor Ecosystem and Key Industry Challenges." Dean Su elaborated on the evolution from vacuum tubes to semiconductors, classified semiconductor materials, Taiwan's industrial status, and the latest challenges facing the global semiconductor industry, such as supply chain disruptions due to the Russia-Ukraine war, wafer fabrication base shifts, the impact of COVID-19, US-China trade/tech wars, digital transformation, and green energy technology development. In response to students' inquiries about whether Moore's Law still applies, Dean Su indicated that while Moore's Law has been effective in predicting semiconductor node advancements in the past, the rapidly changing landscape of technology warrants continuous observation.


Additionally, TSMC's establishment of factories in the US is a current focus of attention. Dean Su expressed confidence in TSMC's R&D foundation remaining in Taiwan and encouraged students present to excel in foundational subjects such as physics, calculus, electronics, circuits, and electromagnetics during their academic pursuits. This advice applies to future developments in the semiconductor industry or other fields, enabling them to apply their expertise with ease. The audience included Purdue University freshmen, students from the NCKU-Purdue dual-degree program, as well as master's and doctoral students from NCKU's semiconductor college, all of whom greatly benefited from the event.


During this visit coordinated by NCKU's International Affairs Office, Purdue University students had the opportunity to understand Taiwan's semiconductor industry development and engage in interactive collaborative courses with students from the NCKU-Purdue dual-degree program. The Purdue University team also held teaching and administrative cooperation discussions with the NCKU team and toured the NCKU campus and surrounding areas, visiting historical sites and traditional art venues in Tainan and Kaohsiung, resulting in a fruitful experience.


NCKU's International Affairs Office stated that NCKU and Purdue University have a long-term strategic partnership and a good understanding, sparing no effort in cultivating Taiwan-US scientific research talents. In addition to student exchange projects, the NCKU-Purdue dual-degree program, initiated in 2020, has matured. The first batch of students will depart for the US to complete their fourth year of study in August. From July 1st to 17th of the current year, first-year students from the NCKU-Purdue dual-degree program will also travel to Purdue University in the US to participate in a short-term intensive course. In addition to arranging Purdue University's full English EMI professional physical courses, visits to the Nuclear Laboratory will be organized to gain a firsthand understanding of the principles of nuclear reactor operation and engage in cross-cultural exchange activities with Purdue University's international students. All students will also have the opportunity to meet with Professor Yi-Ping Shi , an outstanding alumnus from NCKU's Department of Mechanical Engineering, from the Class of 1965.


Professor Shi has been a key figure behind the scenes in the cooperation between NCKU and Purdue University in aerospace research projects. He previously served as the head of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Purdue University and currently holds positions as a professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Purdue University, as well as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


The NCKU-Purdue dual-degree program, approved by the Ministry of Education, has been recruiting students since the 109th academic year. It is designed for students to study at NCKU from the first to the third year, cultivating outstanding university students in Taiwan while periodically immersing them in top-tier education resources from the United States. They will then proceed to Purdue University for their fourth year and complete their master's pre-requisite courses. Those who meet Purdue University's master's application requirements and are admitted will continue their studies in Purdue University's master's program. Successful completion of the program will enable students to obtain a bachelor's degree from NCKU and a master's degree from Purdue University within five years. As of the 111th academic year, the NCKU-Purdue dual-degree program has recruited over 60 students, attracting considerable attention from various sectors.
 

Purdue University's future overseas programs will focus on NCKU as their main partner, sending students for short-term internships or exchanges in professional labs.

NCKU Semiconductor Institute Dean Yan-Kun Su briefed Purdue University's visiting group on Taiwan's semiconductor ecosystem and industry challenges.

Purdue University team visited the NCKU Institute of Smart Semiconductor and Sustainable Manufacturing.

Purdue University team explored historic sites and traditional art venues in Tainan and Kaohsiung, beyond just visiting the NCKU campus.

With coordination from NCKU's International Affairs Office, Purdue University's College of Engineering delegation had a fruitful visit.

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