Silicon Saxony: Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute and TU Prague agree to establish a Taiwanese chip design training center for international specialists

Prague / Dresden, April 18, 2024. Vojtěch Petráček, Rector of the Czech Technical University (CTU), and Hou Tuo-Hung, Director General of the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI), today signed a cooperation agreement and an agreement to establish a Taiwanese training center for international chip design professionals in Prague. The five-year agreements aim to train over 500 CTU students in chip design and promote research collaborations with selected European universities. Taiwan intends to further strengthen its leading position in the semiconductor industry through this international initiative, with CTU serving as TSRI’s first overseas partner.

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Vojtěch Petráček, Rector of the Czech Technical University (CTU), and Hou Tuo-Hung, Director General of the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI), at the signing of the cooperation agreement. Photo: Czech Technical University (CTU)

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Statement of the high-tech network Silicon Saxony:

“The Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) is one of the world’s most renowned research institutes for the research and development of semiconductor technologies. We congratulate TSRI and CTU Prague on this new chip design training center, which prepares young people for the development and design of chips. The cooperation is a significant strengthening of the Czech national semiconductor cluster and thus also of Silicon Europe. The development of skilled workers is an important pillar for the European semiconductor industry, especially in the field of design,” says Frank Bösenberg, Managing Director of Silicon Saxony.

About Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI)

The Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) is a research institution in Taiwan that specializes in the development and innovation of semiconductor technologies. It is part of the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs), an organization that unites various research institutions in Taiwan under one roof. TSRI’s main tasks are research and development (TSRI works on the development of advanced technologies in the semiconductor field. This includes materials science, process development, and integrated circuit design and manufacturing), industry collaboration (The institute works closely with the semiconductor industry in Taiwan to ensure that research results have practical applications and help strengthen the industry), education and talent development (TSRI is committed to training and developing professionals for the semiconductor industry. It offers training and programs aimed at enhancing the skills of scientists, engineers and technicians), International Cooperation (The institute is also involved in international research and development projects to keep pace with global trends and promote international partnerships. Overall, TSRI plays an important role in promoting Taiwan’s technological development and competitiveness in the global semiconductor market).

About Silicon Saxony

With 500 members, Silicon Saxony is the largest high-tech network in Saxony and one of the largest microelectronics and IT clusters in Germany and Europe. As a self-financed association, Silicon Saxony has been connecting manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, colleges/universities, research institutes, public institutions and industry-relevant start-ups in Saxony and beyond since its foundation in 2000. The overarching goals of the network’s work include the expansion and strengthening of Europe’s leading microelectronics location as well as driving forward the parallel development towards a software state of Saxony.

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