TSMC's semiconductor programs have expanded to 6 universities in 2020. With a comprehensive curriculum plan, we provide students a smooth transition from schools to real fast-changing industry with solid knowledge foundation.
TSMC's semiconductor programs have expanded to 6 universities in 2020. With a comprehensive curriculum plan, we provide students a smooth transition from schools to real fast-changing industry with solid knowledge foundation.

TSMC Semiconductor Programs Offer Core Knowledge to Students to Cultivate Next-Generation Semiconductor Talents

April Tseng
Claudia Lin

With comprehensive value chain and leading manufacturing technology, Taiwan's semiconductor industry plays a critical role in global technology development. In the face of technology development and global competition and challenges, TSMC proactively cooperates with the universities to raise the quantity and quality of semiconductor talents in Taiwan.

The industry-academic cooperation program is one of the sustainable goals for TSMC's talent incubation. TSMC's semiconductor programs were initiated in the National Tsing Hua University in 2019, and then applied to National Taiwan University and in 2020 to help students seamlessly bridge knowledge they learn at schools and the real practice of the industry. Students can use what they have learnt for the increasingly complex manufacturing process.

Three Major Tracks Help Students Build Solid Foundation with Professional Knowledge

TSMC's semiconductor programs were co-designed by TSMC experts and university professors, establishing three major tracks— Device/Integration, Process/Module, and Equipment Engineering. Each track consists of 20 to 40 courses to assist students learn the core knowledge needed to work in the semiconductor industry.

Semiconductor programs are like a precious book. It helps me to start studying related courses as well as to prepare myself with necessary knowledge and ability earlier, so that I can get ready for either doing research or joining the industry.

- Shi-Chih Yang, Student at Department of Material Science and Engineering, NCTU

TSMC Semiconductor Programs at Local Universities

Schools\ Track
Device/ Integration
Process/ Module
Equipment Engineering
National Tsing Hua University Ready to Kick off in September, 2020
National Taiwan University Ready to Kick off in September, 2020 Ready to Kick off in September, 2020
National Chiao Tung University Ready to Kick off in September, 2020
National Cheng Kung University Ready to Kick off in September, 2020 Ready to Kick off in September, 2020
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Ready to Kick off in September, 2020
National Taipei University of Technology Ready to Kick off in September, 2020

The Device/ Integration track covers the topics of Device Development, Advance Process Integration and Material Analysis, etc. In addition to practical training, the curriculum covers TSMC's leading EUV lithography technology used in 5nm and 3nm process technologies to help students understand the leading-edge techniques in the industry. Based on the knowledge of materials, the Process/ Module Track helps students to integrate the fundamental principles in physics, chemistry reaction, electrics, mechanics and apply the cross-disciplinary knowledge into logic thinking and problem solving to enhance elasticity of knowledge application.

In order to incubate equipment engineers for advanced process technology, TSMC is set to introduce the Equipment Engineering track in National Chiao Tung University and three other universities in September 2020. The track includes three dimensions (Fundamentals of Semiconductor Manufacturing, Advanced Equipment Technology- Fundamentals, and Advanced Equipment Technology-Advanced). TSMC equipment experts will also join the teaching team and bring in the state-of-art tool technology to the classroom.

TSMC's semiconductor programs provide a comprehensive framework to help students better understand the connection between courses and the practices. The programs also provide students with necessary knowledge and competitiveness in the semiconductor field to accelerate the learning curve after joining the workforce.

- Chih Chen, Department Chair of Material Science and Engineering, NCTU

Connecting Professional Knowledge to Actual Experiences; Offering Internship and Interview Opportunities

With TSMC's semiconductor programs, TSMC and universities cooperate to create a platform for students to bridge what they have learnt and practices. We also encourage students to explore career possibility in the semiconductor industry with internship opportunities and offer them job interviews after graduation. A competitive differentiated compensation package is offered for students completing the program with outstanding academic performance. We encourage students with solid theoretical and practical training to join the semiconductor industry. In addition to semiconductor programs, TSMC promotes diverse industry-academic cooperation projects, internship and science competitions. TSMC expects to reach the talent incubation target of having 2,000 beneficiaries in 2020.