National Taipei University
Professor Hong-Yi Huang of Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University brings Taiwan’s IC design education into the Philippines
- Professor Hong-Yi Huang accepted the invitation of government of Philippines and taught specialized knowledge on IC layout and IC design
- Creating an English learning environment in departments/institutes while studying in Taiwan
- Filipino students pass on knowledge after returning to teaching positions in the Philippines
Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University Professor Hong-Yi Huang brings Taiwan’s IC design education into the Philippines
“Nieva, can you participate in the international students event this weekend?”
“I’m afraid I can’t! I have to work this week, and my homework is due next week!” Nieva smiled shyly after receiving the enthusiastic invitation.
While other international students are happily participating in outdoor teaching activities, Harreez and Nieva, students from Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, choose to stay in school and learn. They are currently doctoral students at the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University. One of them brought their entire family to Taiwan, and the other came alone. Before arriving in Taiwan, they were both lecturers at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Iligan Institute of Technology.
The Philippines government sought educational assistance from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines around 2006, hoping to learn from Taiwan successful development of the technology industry. Professor Hong-Yi Huang accepted the invitation and went to Manila to teach specialized knowledge on IC layout and IC design. Professor Huang recalled that his students at the time were teachers and students from various universities in the Philippines. The students were specially selected by each university to participate in the workshop, and the level of concentration they displayed in class left a deep impression. The organizer produced videos of course contents for teachers and students at universities in the Philippines to learn online.
Creating an English learning environment in departments/institutes while studying in Taiwan
Several freshmen from the Philippines subsequently enrolled in the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University. “Teacher, do you still remember me? I took your class once!” “Teacher, I know you, I took your online class once!” Professor Huang is often greeted warmly by Filipino students on campus. As it turns out, after these students took his class, they set their goal to study in Taiwan, and Professor Huang inspired them to pursue further studies in National Taipei University. These foreign students not only studied diligently, but also caused their departments to create an English learning environment. Local students improve their English communication ability while interacting with them, and most courses need to be taught in English, which allowed the department to gain recognition from the judges when evaluating English-taught courses and students’ English proficiency for the IEET certification.
Filipino students pass on knowledge after returning to teaching positions in the Philippines
Filipino students return to the Philippines to become teachers after graduation. Iligan Institute of Technology is located in Mindanao State in the south of the Philippines, and is a key semiconductor engineering school in the Philippines. The institute has over 8 lecturers who graduated from National Taipei University. They brought what they learned in Taiwan back to their school, helping the institute establish a microelectronics laboratory, which specializes in IC design and has gained funding from the Philippines government. This has made the area a base for technological development. Professor Hung-Yi Huang is often invited to spend time at the Iligan Institute of Technology to conduct short-term study or teach short-term courses. He plans to assemble a group of students from National Taipei University to visit the Iligan Institute of Technology and share their research.
Elite training program established in hopes of reproducing the Taiwan experience
Harreez and Nieva were originally teachers at the Iligan Institute of Technology. They returned to their positions after obtaining master’s degrees at the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University. They successfully applied for scholarships from the Ministry of Education’s Elite Program two years ago, and the returned to pursue a doctoral degree at the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Taipei University. They said that Taiwan has more distinct seasons than the Philippines; it has a more comfortable environment, the Taiwanese people are very friendly, the food and commodities are of high quality and affordable, and there are no other problems in life except for the occasional difficulty with communication. Besides conducting experiments and writing papers, they exert great efforts in getting their papers published, and it is not easy. They are highly dedicated to their studies and hope to graduate according to schedule and return to their country. They said that the Philippines’ semiconductor industry is concentrated in packaging and testing, and plays an extremely important role in the global industrial chain. They brought the Taiwan experience back to the Philippines, contributing to technological development and innovation there.