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NTHU and TSMC Team Up for A New Program in Semiconductor Technology
It has recently been announced that NTHU and the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are planning to set up a semiconductor program on NTHU campus. In addition to traditional classes in electrical engineering, the program will include several new courses in such areas as state-of-the-art memory components, and aims at training the next-generation specialists in component development and advanced process integration. Students who have completed this program will have the opportunity to do an internship at TSMC, and after graduation will have a job interview at TSMC. This is the first time that TSMC has offered a professional training program with a university.
 
 
 
NTHU and TSMC recently held an informational meeting on campus which was attended by more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students from the Department of Engineering and System Science and the Department of Electrical Engineering. The meeting also attracted over 20 students from National Chiao Tung University, National Cheng Kung University, National Taiwan University, National Sun Yat-sen University, and National Central University.
 
Win-win cooperation
 
Senior Vice Presidnent of Academic Affairs Chen Sinn-wen said that this is the first time in Taiwan for a leading enterprise and a top university to jointly set up a systematic program, adding that this win-win undertaking will help students get the best education and help TSMC cultivate the best engineers.
 
The program was planned by the Department of Engineering and System Science and the Department of Electrical Engineering. The director of the Department of Engineering and System Science, Professor Wu Yung-hsien, said that the program will offer a wide range of courses, including Next Generation Component DevelopmentNext Generation Component Development, Integration Technology in Advanced Manufacturing PIntegration Technology in Advanced Manufacturing Processrocesseses, and Material AnalysisMaterial Analysis. Such courses impart knowledge considered essential for working in the semiconductor industry. Some of the courses will be taught by TSMC senior staff with lots of practical experience to share with students.
 
Training the next generation specialists in advanced manufacturing processes
 
Director Wu said that one of the unique classes to be included in the program focuses on a new type of memory with neural operations. In existing computer architecture, the arithmetic unit and the memory unit operate independently, so that when processing data, the data must be repeatedly transmitted to the arithmetic unit and the memory unit, a process which is both time-consuming and power-consuming. This new type of memory uses less time and power, and is able to both run and store at the same time, rather like the human nervous system. This allows a faster responses to commands, which is the key to the development of machine learning and to using integrated circuit technology to accelerate the development of artificial intelligence.
 
Wu also said that TSMC suggested that existing courses such as Applied Optoelectronics should be augmented with components on short-wavelength light sources such as ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet (EUV), since familiarity with these subjects is essential for shrinking components down to five nanometers.
 
The easy way to stay on track
 
Chiu Cheng-yuan, a student in the Department of Engineering and System Science, was one of the first students to register for the new program. He said that although NTHU offers a wide variety of courses, it can be difficult to know which ones have the most relevance to the future needs of the semiconductor industry. Thus this new program will be very suitable for students who don’t yet have a clear plan for the future, since, as Chiu puts it, “as long as they follow the program, they won't have to worry about getting lost.”
 
 
 
Chang Wei, a sophomore in the Department of Electrical Engineering, said that her participation in the TSMC Elite Training Camp had already stimulated her interest in pursuing a career in research and development at TSMC, so once she heard about the new program she immediately applied. She said that she is looking forward to the new class on state-of-the-art memory components and plans to conduct research on non-volatile memory in the future.

 
SVP of academic affairs Chen Sinn-wen said that this is the first time in Taiwan for a leading enterprise and a top university to jointly set up a systematic program.

SVP of academic affairs Chen Sinn-wen said that this is the first time in Taiwan for a leading enterprise and a top university to jointly set up a systematic program.

Professor Wu Yung-hsien (center) of the Department of Engineering and System Science with two applicants to the new program: Chang Wei (left), a sophomore in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Chiu Cheng-yuan (right), a junior in the Department of Engineering and System Science.

Professor Wu Yung-hsien (center) of the Department of Engineering and System Science with two applicants to the new program: Chang Wei (left), a sophomore in the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Chiu Cheng-yuan (right), a junior in the Department of Engineering and System Science.

The informational meeting for the new program was attended by more than 100 students.

The informational meeting for the new program was attended by more than 100 students.

 

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