Taiwan scholar's China links said to threaten local IC sector

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Taipei, July 14 (CNA) A move by a high-tech expert in Taiwan to work for an IC talent incubation center in China is expected to hurt the local semiconductor industry, an official with Taiwan's Allied Association for Science Park Industries said Friday.

Sam Lin (林錫銘), a director of the science park association, told CNA that with China gearing up to cultivate its own semiconductor industry, he feared that the presence of Liu Chung-laung (劉炯朗) in a IC talent incubation center in Jinjiang in Fujian province will hurt Taiwan's competitiveness in the global market.

Xinhua.net, a Chinese government-run website, reported earlier in the week that Liu, chairman of Taipei-based market advisory firm TrendForce Corp. and the former president of Taiwan's prestigious National Tsing Hua University, was now heading the center in Fujian.

A computer science scholar, Liu served as the president of Tsing Hua University from 1998 to 2002, and he is believed to have close ties with Taiwan's academic and industrial circles.

He is currently an independent director on the board of contract chip maker United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC, 聯電), the second largest contract chip maker in Taiwan.

According to the Xinhua.net report, Liu will work with IC talent development organizations in Taiwan to help the Jinjiang center build a large teaching team and bolster its training resources to make it a hub for training specialists for China's semiconductor industry.

Xinhua.net reported that the Jinjiang IC talent development center kicked off operations on Wednesday at the same time as the city held a forum focusing on IC talent exchanges across the Taiwan Strait.

The report said the IC training center in Jinjiang is expected to cultivate 12,600 specialists for the industry over the next 10 years.

Lin, who is also CEO of Taiwan-based IC designer Weltrend Semiconductor Inc. (偉詮), said Taiwan's IC industry is suffering a brain drain as China lure Taiwanese experts to work there with attractive compensation packages.

He urged Taiwan's government to take action to stem such talent outflows and protect the local IC sector.

One recent prominent case of the brain drain was former UMC vice chairman Sun Shih-wei's (孫世偉) move to Tsinghua Unigroup (清華紫光), a Chinese IC giant backed by the authorities in Beijing, earlier this year.

(By Jackson Chang and Frances Huang)
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