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Hsinchu Science Park

Last updated: 13.02.2014

The National Science Council set up the Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), the first establishment of its kind in Taiwan, on December 15, 1980. By ushering in technologies and talent from abroad, bringing about the transformation of domestic conventional industry, and fostering the upgrade of industrial technology across the board, the park is intended to help high-tech industry take off in Taiwan.

Straddling the city and county of Hsinchu, the 6.5-square kilometer HSP now mainly houses semiconductor and optoelectronics ventures. More than 500 tenant companies employ more than 150,000 people. For the past three years, HSP companies posted an annual average of more than NT$1 trillion in revenue, which tends to fluctuate in tandem with the ups and downs in the global economy. Over the years HSP companies have been approved to invest more than NT$1 trillion. The close dependence of tenant companies on the Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University can be easily illustrated by the fact that more than 50 of them have emerged as spinoffs from the aforementioned institutions. The high concentration of high-caliber talent at the HSP is only to be expected. Those who are devoted to R&D and technology development account for 40% of the HSP’s overall workforce, with the remaining 60% taken by people engaged in production, management, marketing, etc. In terms of educational levels, around 75% of HSP employees have junior college or higher degrees, which compares with 18% registered by Taiwan’s overall manufacturing sector. Some 57% of HSP employees own a university diploma while the ratio is only 7% for the broader manufacturing sector. Additionally, more than 40,000 master’s degree holders and 3,000 with doctorate degrees now work at the HSP. Of the total, more than 4,000 have returned from abroad to start their own businesses in Taiwan.

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