National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

12/26/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/26/2023 02:17

NYCU: Aiming to Enroll More Malaysian Students – Impressive Performance Draws Interest from TSMC

Translated by Emily C.
Edited by Elaine Chuang

The Vice President of National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU), Chen-Yi Lee, expressed that Malaysian students have demonstrated exceptional performance. He received commendation from TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor foundry, and they expect NYCU to enroll more Malaysian students proficient in Chinese, who can join TSMC upon graduation.

Renowned as one of Taiwan's top four universities, NYCU has carved out a prominent place in the semiconductor domain, serving as a crucial cradle for nurturing talent in Taiwan's semiconductor industry. Notable alumni include Datuk Pua Khein-Seng, the Malaysian 'father of the pendrive.'

While hosting the 2023 Malaysian Education Officials and High School Principals Delegation to Taiwan, Chen-Yi Lee stated that the university plans to introduce a new Bachelor's degree program in Semiconductor Engineering, set to commence admissions next year. The university eagerly welcomes more Malaysian students to enroll.

He highlighted the university's collaboration with TSMC regarding establishing special scholarships this year. This aim is to encourage students from Southeast Asian universities to apply for admission to the university's semiconductor-related graduate programs, thereby expanding the talent pool.

Graduates from various universities, including the University of Malaya, the National University of Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Hanoi University in Vietnam, Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia, the National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University, are eligible to apply for these scholarships. The scholarships support the pursuit of semiconductor-related research programs at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University.

Wensyang Hsu, the Director of the International Affairs Office from NYCU, emphasized that opportunities for scholarships for overseas students in the university's undergraduate are limited. However, Malaysian students are an exception. Datuk Pua Khein-Seng, as an alumnus, has generously donated funds, significantly contributing to the availability of scholarships for Malaysian students. As a result, they are the recipients of the most scholarships among overseas students.

Zhangyuan Chen, Joint President of the Malaysia Taiwan Alumni Association and leader of the delegation, expressed that there is a significant gap in the semiconductor job market. It is estimated that each person can potentially secure 3.7 jobs in the global semiconductor field. However, there is a shortage of science and engineering students in Malaysia. We aim to attract more students to develop an interest in science and engineering.
Mong-Hwa Chin, Associate Professor and Director of the International Affairs Office, stated that our teachers boast the highest proportion of industry cooperation in Taiwan. Sixty-five percent of senior managers in the Hsinchu Science Park are National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University graduates.

The university also invited several Malaysian students currently studying here to share their experiences with the delegation. Zhengyang Chen, a major in mechanical engineering, highlighted the university's abundant resources, emphasizing the availability of various machines for student use and providing valuable hands-on experience.

Liken Huang, majoring in Electrical Engineering, expressed his contentment at NYCU, emphasizing that he has become more independent. He mentioned the abundance of part-time job opportunities in Taiwan, enabling him to find ways to earn money on his own.

Muping Liu stated that he heavily relied on his parents in Malaysia. However, with the limitation of returning only once a year, he has become more mature in handling things.

National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) will continue its efforts to recruit students from Malaysia, focusing on enhancing their professional capabilities during their academic tenure. Students with overseas Chinese backgrounds who are proficient in Mandarin possess highly competitive qualifications. Such a background provides graduates with opportunities to enter the world's top semiconductor enterprises and secure employment within the Hsinchu Science Park.