by Jorge Cham
Subject:   Dr. Irving Ho, Chairman, EiC Corporation, Taiwan, "Taiwan's Silicon Valley - the Hsinchu Science Park"
Sponsor:   US-Japan Technology Management Center
Date:   Thursday, October 7, 1999
Time:   4:15pm - 5:30pm
Location:   Skilling Engineering Auditorium [look for it in a campus map]
Event URL:   http://www.stanford.edu/~viji/
Sponsor URL:   http://fuji.stanford.edu
Stanford University * US-Japan Technology Management Center Presents Dr. Irving Ho Chairman, EiC Corporation "Taiwan's Silicon Valley - the Hsinchu Science Park" Part of Our Public Lecture Series: TRANSFORMATION OF R & D IN EAST ASIA & JAPAN Free Admission * Light Refreshments See http://www.stanford.edu/~viji/ Or Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract To gain economic growth and national competitiveness by trying to duplicate or emulate the Silicon Valley's enormously successful story has become popular governmental policy doctrine for many developed and newly industrialized countries alike, for the past couple of decades. In Taiwan, the Hsinchu Science Park project was started in 1980 for this purpose. The goals of this project had been to set up Taiwan's high-tech industry, to lure back some of its talented expatriate engineers and scientists, and to sustain its economic growth. This project would also slow down the then serious "brain drain" problem in Taiwan. During the past nineteen years, Taiwan has successfully established technology bases for its semiconductor, and computer and peripheral industries. From Hsinchu Park's statistics in June 1999, it accommodated 284 companies with an aggregate monthly sales of NT$51.6 billion (US$ 1.6 billion). Among the Park's clients, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is the world's biggest dedicated chip foundry and Acer Computer ranks among the top ten list of the worldwide personal computer manufacturers. Partially through the contribution of Hsinchu Park Project success, Taiwan's per capita GNP has been raised from $1920 in 1979 to over $13000 in 1998. The strategy, planning and the initial execution of Hsinchu Park Project will be presented in this report. They were aimed to create investment, working and living environments in Hsinchu as similar to those in Silicon Valley as possible. Also included will be the problems Park Administrators encountered in the early days and their respective solutions. The strong commitment of the Taiwanese government and the entrepreneurial spirit of Taiwanese engineers and scientists which played important roles in Hsinchu Park Project will also be discussed. Speaker's Bio Dr. Irving Ho serves as Chairman of the EiC Board of Directors and general mentor to the company's management and technical staffs in the areas of planning and technology. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Ho served for five years (1988 - 1993) as President and CEO of International Integrated Systems, Inc.(IISI), a strategic alliance between IBM and the Institute for Information Industry (III). III is a Taiwan-based semi-governmental organization whose mission involves the promotion of Taiwan's information industry and the acceleration of the country's national computerization program. As President of III between 1984 and 1991, Dr. Ho was instrumental in arranging the IBM joint venture, which he then headed until 1993. During his tenure with IISI, the organization, which was staffed with over 250 skilled technical specialists, developed over 200 software, hardware, and national language support projects for IBM. Under the leadership of Dr. Ho, IISI enjoyed five consecutive profitable years. From 1979 through 1987, Dr. Ho served as Vice Chairman of Taiwan's National Science Council and, on a concurrent basis, as the first Director General of the Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial Park. In his early career, Dr. Ho spent over 16 years with IBM at the firm's East Fishkill Laboratory in New York, where he held senior management positions through 1979. As a member of the IBM staff, Dr. Ho won that company's prestigious invention award 12 times. His research work brought him a total of 34 US patents as well as numerous technical publications and disclosures. During the 1974-1975 academic year, Dr. Ho took sabbatical leave from IBM to serve as the Far Eastern Chair Professor at National Taiwan University. He also served as a visiting professor at Stanford University during the academic year, 1973-1974. Dr. Ho received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1957 and 1961, respectively. From 1961 to early 1963, he worked as a consultant to Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation in Sunnyvale, California.
Event history: Submitted by barrkat on 07-Oct-1999;
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