The topic of forging Taiwan into a sci-tech island has been a hot issue recently.
According to two experts, Morris Chang and Lee Yuan-tseh, the mention that there
are three main factors should be challenged and taken into consideration for forging Taiwan into a sci-tech
island. The first is the constitution of ROC. The second factor is the quality of life in Taiwan. The last one is
education system and R&D capacity. After knowing the three factors, how can we solve these all problems
and move fast to take the lead in the most advanced industries.
To turn Taiwan into a high-tech island, the National Assembly should guarantee the
provision that required the government to allocate 15 percent of the national budget to promote
education, science, and culture.
According to Morris Chang, he suggests that a nation must establish good social
values and cultural characteristics, it is indeed closely related to our concern about urgrading national
In addition, there are many inappropriate attitudes and procedures in education, such as rote
memorization for exams which one detrimental to our students. This is not education,
but narrow training and it cannot cultivate creative talent. Thus, Lee's recommendations are fostering
independent personalities and abilities. Instead of killing children's enthusiasm for learning with fossilized
examinations. And also Lee mentions that there are many approaches are closely tied to our goal of
making the educational system a supportive force in developing our high-tech industry.
Owing to many students don't have independent and creative thinking, it causes they
don't have enough ability to solve problems, so it's difficult for them to innovate new tasks and think
broadly. Because of this weakness, so many research projects use foreign technology without local R&D
capacity. This is really related to Taiwan to be the lead in advanced industries. According to Lee, he
mentions the goal of establishing a new center of Applied Technology and Engineering is not to do what has already
been done by other's, but see exactly what sorts of technology can be applied here in the future. By knowing that the
weakness of education system and R&D capacity, it really needs to challenge the system and move fast.
After knowing all the factors that affect Taiwan, to turn a sci-tech island. We should
guarantee the Constitution that required the government has to provide national budget to promote education,
science and culture. And also, it must establish good social values and challenge the educational system to foster students
with independent thinking. Finally, we should upgrade our R&D capacity to target the best projects. These factors are all
affect that forging Taiwan into a sci-tech island.
Three senior executives tell what they expect from potential new managers and give
the suggestions for our educational systems.
As for the conditions for talent hunt, all of them strongly believe that a good manager
not only has a solid knowledge that provides
a good foundation in science, mechanical or industrial engineering, but also values the
extracurricular activities, associations and
work experience much more. Besides, they all think that a good manager is supposed
to have the ability to build good relationships
and communicational skills. Because over of half the clients and colleagues are from
all over the world, they must bridge the cultural gaps.
In addition, a solid language background is necessary. The more language skills you
are good at, the more benefits you will get from your job.
Last but not the least, a good manager is expected to constant learning on the job so
that he/she can be flexible to deal with all kinds of situations
or take on new tasks.
As for the suggestions for our educational systems, they all encourage students to go
abroad for further studies. By doing so, students
can broaden their views, and become more multinational. Besides, to be more
flexible, we should create a learning environment where teachers
allow students to think, question and make mistakes. That is, teachers should train the
abilities of students' independent and creative thinking.
What's more, Chinese students are always too passive, so teachers should encourage
students to participate in class through case studies and
group work in the classroom.