Human resources form the foundation for Taiwan's growth and international competitiveness. To meet the nation's development needs over the next three decades, the government has set aside a special budget of NT$21.6 billion (US$764.8 million) under the Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program to build the infrastructure necessary for human resources training in three phases between 2017 and 2022. Five main projects have been implemented with the aims of attracting foreign professionals to Taiwan, promoting entrepreneurship and employment among young people, encouraging transnational cooperation among industry, academia and researchers, and internationalizing Taiwan's innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Five main projects
■ Improve the practical learning environment at vocational schools: Establish industrial training bases for bright students, build factories that simulate industry, and create interdisciplinary internship environments. These strategies will help form a technical and vocational education personnel training system to meet society's needs.
■ Build startup bases to draw global top innovators: Create international-level startup bases, meld together Taiwan's academic research and innovation with the research and development capabilities of the nation's science parks, attract the world's top entrepreneurs to Taiwan for further development and exchange with locals, and mentor the nation's entrepreneurial talent, as well as help make connections with the greater international innovation ecosystem.
■ Train and employ high-level professionals in targeted industries: Promote a mechanism to turn scientific and technological research into viable industrial success. Support forward-looking research, and supply talent in strategic industries. Through policies, encourage industry-academia R&D collaboration, and help the semiconductor and other key sectors to continue to attract, develop and retain talent.
■ Nurture young scholars: Through the Einstein Program and the Columbus Program, incentivize young researchers with scientific research capabilities to participate in forward-looking, innovative research programs that connect Taiwan to the world, as well as foster extensive international exchanges through digital technology.
■ Develop digital and specialized professionals: Help senior and middle management of small and medium-sized enterprises acquire digital skills. Link industries, universities and research institutions at home and abroad to jointly cultivate international, inter-disciplinary digital professionals.