TSMC's "Elite Camp" Aims to Cultivate Top Talents for the Semiconductor Industry
As the leading semiconductor foundry, innovation has always been the foundation of TSMC's growth. TSMC not only actively promotes innovation in every aspect of our business, but also collaborates with academic institutions to cultivate talents and promote semiconductor innovations. Beginning in 2011, TSMC has joined hands with four research centers in National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, and National Tsing Hua University to hold an annual "Elite Camp". The eighth Elite Camp this year covered four topics: "The Semiconductor Industry and Future Application Trends," "My Future in the Semiconductor Field," "Introduction to Labs from Professors in the Semiconductor Field", and "Alumni Experience Sharing." To raise students' interest in the semiconductor industry, we introduced a two-way interactive session in 2018 rather than one-way speeches as in past years. Through the Elite camp, we aim to encourage more high-potential talents to do nanoelectronics-related research projects.
Selected Four Topics to Engage with College Students
A total of more than 200 students registered to attend the 2018 Elite Camp. Taking into consideration of their motivation for participation, future plans, research results, and academic performance, TSMC selected 60 outstanding students among them for the two-day camp. Related accommodation fees were sponsored by the organizer.
Four Topics of the "2018 Elite Camp"
Dr. Yu-sheng Lai from National Nano Device Laboratories
Manager Chun-Te Li (Master of Material Science) from TSMC's Research and Development Organization, Manager Sophia Chiu (Master of Chemical Engineering) and Section Manager Wei-Shuo Ho (Ph.D. of Electronics Engineering) from Operations Organization
Professors from National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, and National Tsing Hua University
12 TSMC employee alumni from National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, and National Tsing Hua University
A talk on "Future of Semiconductors - from the View Points of Industry and Life Applications." Based on advanced technologies predicted by science fiction movies, Dr. Lai led students to explore the industry's possibilities and applications.
Through a panel discussion, TSMC managers not only shared their own personal experiences, but also held great discussions with students on topics such as how to find suitable jobs based on the student's expertise, the personality and capabilities required for a successful engineer, and how to adjust oneself when facing challenges.
Each university invited 6-7 professors to join the Elite Camp to interact directly with students. During this session, students were able to understand more about their research focus, direction of labs under these professors, as well as their leadership styles. As a result, students gained more information to further evaluate what research and which labs they are more interested in for the future.
To strengthen the connection, 12 TSMC employees who graduated from these universities shared their personal experiences at TSMC and gave suggestions on course selection and research direction.
Adjusted Communication Methods and Received Positive Feedback
Since launching the Elite Camp eight years ago, we have continuously collected feedback from students to adjust the content of this event. This year, we invited students to list their questions before the event, and asked alumni working at TSMC to answer the questions. This led to two-way interaction instead of a one-way speech, and also solved the issue or limited interaction due to students' shyness or time constraints. The satisfaction survey showed that the satisfication rating has increased from 84 to 92 (out of 100). Furthermore, instead of giving hardcopy handouts as in the previous years, handout materials were available for download from the Cloud before the event this year so that the students could read before the session, as well as to protect the environment by reducing printing.
Change on Communication Methods: two-way interaction session rather than giving one-way talk
Since holding this camp from 2011, our purpose has been to encourage more high-potential talents to start doing nanoelectronic-related research projects. Our change in communication methods this year successfully attracted more interest from the students. After the event, the survey showed that 67% of attendees will put semiconductor devices or materials as their first priority for research topics and will consider pursuing a PhD degree to learn more semiconductor knowledge. It takes time to cultivate talents,and we will continue to encourage students to participate in nanoelectronic research to develop more talents to join the semiconductor industry in the future.