Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Simon Chang, head of the newly formed Ministry of Science and Technology, said Monday his ministry will made good use of Taiwan's financial and human resources and serve as a catalyst for the country's technology development. The ministry's policies will focus on encouraging research and innovation, strengthening the connection between academia and industry, and fostering high-caliber personnel in applied research, Chang said during a news conference. It will also work to bridge the gap between academia and industry, coordinate between technology and humanity, and promote the application of technology in the cultural and creative industries, he said. As part of its efforts to achieve those goals, Chang said, the ministry will set up two advisory panels on academic research and academia-industry relationship, which will be headed respectively by Academia Sinica President Wong Chi-huey and National Taiwan University professor C.K. Lee. The Ministry of Science and Technology is established on the basis of the National Science Council.
Chang had served as a minister without portfolio and head of Google Asia-Pacific hardware operations before assuming the new position. (By Lin Meng-ju and Y.F. Low)