By Asia Education Review Team , Monday, 01 April 2024

TSMC, Kyushu University to Partner on Extensive Research

  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and Kyushu University are set to sign a memorandum for extensive collaboration, focusing on training initiatives and joint research endeavours in the field of semiconductor technology. As part of the agreement, TSMC, renowned as the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, is poised to conduct seminars at the university, while both entities will engage in collaborative research ventures exploring cutting-edge technological advancements.

    This collaboration marks a significant milestone for TSMC, representing its first formal agreement with a Japanese university after the decision to establish a plant in Kumamoto Prefecture. Anticipated to play a pivotal role in revitalizing Japan's semiconductor industry, the memorandum signifies a commitment to full-scale cooperation between TSMC and Kyushu University. Notably, TSMC researchers are expected to impart knowledge to students at Kyushu University, fostering an exchange of expertise. The envisioned partnership aims to facilitate joint research endeavours and scholarly publications, with additional consideration given to the implementation of an internship program. 

    Kyushu University faces a pressing need for technical experts in the semiconductor field, with estimates suggesting a shortfall of approximately 1,000 professionals annually over the next decade. TSMC's Kumamoto plant, scheduled for full operation by year-end, along with plans for a secondary facility in the prefecture, underscores the company's recognition of the imperative to collaborate with Kyushu University to secure a skilled workforce for its future endeavours.

    Founded in 1911 as the fourth Imperial University in Japan, Kyushu University has earned acclaim as a leading institution of higher education and research in the Kyushu region and beyond. Its origins trace back to the establishment of the medical school of the Fukuoka Domain in 1867, which later evolved into the Fukuoka Medical College of Kyoto Imperial University. Achieving independence as Kyushu Imperial University in 1911, the university boasts a rich history and a distinguished reputation for academic excellence.