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Meeting charts path on talent cultivation, innovation
Central News Agency
2013-12-06 10:21 PM
Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) An annual meeting on science and technology development in Taiwan concluded Friday with a five-point proposal on cultivating talent and promoting innovation in the country in the future. The proposal, which outlines ways for Taiwan to stem a serious brain drain and concentrate more resources on R&D and innovation, resulted from the meeting hosted by the National Science Council (NSC) and a full report will be forwarded to the Cabinet upon completion. The first point called for developing a sound system for innovation aimed at reducing risks and increasing the success rate of innovation projects during their early stages. Contending that the key to innovation was talent, the second point urged the government to focus on attracting to Taiwan high caliber international talent, including students, professors and world-class professionals, by amending laws. The third point was focused on the allocation of resources for R&D and innovation, which people who attended the meeting felt has been spread too thin across organizations because of the overabundance of universities in Taiwan. The government should make the better distribution of resources a top priority, the proposal suggested. At the same time, NSC deputy chief Hocheng Hong said the country is likely to face a major shortage of doctoral degree holders in 10 years because of a declining birth rate, and the government should come up with a solution within four years to prevent the shortage from hurting Taiwan's industrial competitiveness. Fourth, the meeting concluded that Taiwan should no longer focus on developing specific technologies to build innovative industries. Instead, the government should focus on developing promising market directions and mechanisms that promote the formation of emerging sectors, the proposal suggested. Finally, restrictions on university professors starting up their own business should be revised, and more management-guided projects should be based on the management model created by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In addition, entrepreneurs should be given more opportunities to participate in science and technology policy making, according to the proposal. The annual meeting was attended by 16 NSC members and several experts and business leaders from home and abroad. (By Lin Meng-ju and Y.L. Kao)
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