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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The first direct image of a black hole,released in April 2019, is the result of an international collaborative project involving Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s foremost research institution.
The first direct image of a black hole,released in April 2019, is the result of an international collaborative project involving Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s foremost research institution. (Courtesy of Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, European Southern Observatory)
FACT FOCUS

  • Taiwan is one of the world’s leading producers of information and communication technology products.
  • World Economic Forum ranks Taiwan 13th out of 140 economies in the Global Competitiveness Report released in October 2018.
In April 2014, the National Science Council—the government’s dedicated agency charged with advancing science and technology development, supporting academic research and promoting the nation’s three science parks—was reorganized and renamed as the Ministry of Science and Technology. While continuing its predecessor’s innovative measures and programs, the MOST, with a new organizational structure, aims to focus academic research on the needs of industry as Taiwan relies on science and technology innovation as a key driver of economic growth and national progress.
The success of Taiwan’s high-tech enterprises is largely attributable to the government’s generous funding of applied scientific development. With government support, the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the National Applied Research Laboratories and the Institute for Information Industry all played important roles in jump-starting the nation’s rise as a technological powerhouse by conducting research, aiding the private sector with R&D and exploring new technologies.
Supporting Innovation
ITRI has been instrumental in establishing several companies that have gone on to command prominent positions in the global marketplace, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp., which are among the world’s top custom integrated circuit chipmakers. The institute’s innovative prowess is best illustrated by the fact that in the past 11 years it has won a total of 39 R&D 100 Awards, highly prestigious honors given out by U.S.-based R&D Magazine.
TURNOVER OF FIRMS IN TAIWAN’S THREE
MAJOR SCIENCE PARKS (2018)
PRODUCTION VALUE & GLOBAL
SHARE OF TAIWAN-MADE PRODUCTS & SERVICES (2018)
GLOBAL SURVEY RANKINGS
The goal of III is to boost Taiwan’s global competitiveness by providing a platform for digital transformation. The institute conducts R&D on innovative ICT products and applications. It also plays a key role in advancing ICT development in the public and private sectors by serving as a think tank on related policymaking and promoting talent cultivation. Over the past three decades, more than 480,000 professionals have received training through III.
Taiwan’s tech ecosystem provides an ideal environment for global investors looking to establish a presence in Asia. Local venture capitalists, engineering service providers and technology developers have extensive experience collaborating on cuttingedge R&D. This is on display at Taiwan Tech Arena, a new hub for innovation and startups that is attracting young entrepreneurs from around the world. Bringing together accelerators, venture capital firms and enterprises, TTA is a platform for global exchanges and talent incubation. An estimated 100 partnerships are expected to form through the hub each year, cultivating 2,000 entrepreneurs and increasing investment.
After years of dedication by the public and private sectors toward developing technological expertise, Taiwan’s science parks are now home to clusters of companies pursuing breakthroughs in fields such as biotechnology, personal computing and peripherals, integrated circuits, nanotechnology, optoelectronics, precision machinery and telecommunications.
PRESIDENT TSAI ING-WEN’S FIVE-PLUS-TWO INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION PROGRAM