Microsoft targeting Taiwan AI talent for recruitment

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Microsoft Taiwan's President Sun Chi-kang (孫基康)/CNA file photo

Microsoft Taiwan's President Sun Chi-kang (孫基康)/CNA file photo

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) Leading multinational tech company Microsoft is focusing on recruiting artificial intelligence (AI) talent from Taiwan during its current recruitment season, a Microsoft Taiwan official said Wednesday.

Michael Chang (張仁烔), chief executive officer of the newly announced Microsoft AI research and development hub in Taiwan, explained that Microsoft is targeting AI talent in Taiwan because of the hard and soft skills that local students possess.

Not only are some Taiwanese skilled at data analysis and coding, but they are also insightful, creative and good team players, Chang continued.

The talent base in Taiwan is actually one of the main reasons Microsoft decided to base its AI research and development center here, he said.

To this end, many of Microsoft's AI department managers from around the world visited Taiwan Tuesday for a press conference on its campus recruitment.

According to the managers, the resources, training and network at the tech company will greatly benefit anyone who chooses to join it.

Microsoft Taiwan's President Sun Chi-kang (孫基康) previously said that the AI R&D center will amass a team of 200 people in five years, with a key focus on SwiftKey Chinese language input, user-intent technology and AI forward integration applications.

This year, in particular, there are 30 openings at its AI center, and in an effort to encourage more women into the field of science, the company has said that it will give priority to female applicants when choosing which candidates to interview.

(By Jeffrey Wu and Kuan-lin Liu)
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