Date: May 19, 2016
Southern Taiwan Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Technologies opened May 16 in
Kaohsiung City, underscoring the commitment of the government to ensuring the balanced development of the knowledge-based economy nationwide.
The center, launched by Hsinchu County-based Industrial Technology Research Institute, Kaohsiung City Government and National Sun Yat-sen University on the latter’s campus in Gushan District, is anticipated as playing a frontline role in this process. It will help create a regional interdisciplinary and interindustry platform for achieving major innovations.
Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said at the launch ceremony that a strong knowledge-based economy is key to powering a city’s economic transformation. “We envisage the cooperation between the center’s partners to position Kaohsiung as a magnet in Taiwan for attracting high-level R&D talent.
“We also expect the academic sector to shoulder a great share of the load in stimulating local industry and creating better-paid jobs for the city’s young people.”
Liu Jia-ming, General Director of ITRI’s Commercialization and Industry Center, said southern Taiwan lags behind the north in terms of industrial innovation, R&D investment and wage levels. “By tackling the core issue of a lack of innovation, we believe the center will quickly break this vicious cycle and bring about a measurable improvement. [FULL STORY]