What North Texas Can Offer Taiwan

May 17, 2023

The Taiwan Semiconductor Delegation joins representatives from UT Dallas, local government, and North Texas industry for a group photo.

The University of Texas at Dallas recently hosted a Taiwanese delegation representing their nation’s semiconductor industry to showcase the opportunities available to them in North Texas.

At a meeting in Blackstone Launchpad, State Representative Angie Chen Button, who chairs the Texas House International Relations and Economic Development committee, addressed the visitors in a video message. Button shared some of her childhood in Taiwan and recalled how a good education had changed her life.

UTD Vice President for Research and Innovation Joseph J. Pancrazio talked about the University’s high-performing students, UT Dallas’ dedication to science, technology, engineering, arts, math and management (STEAMM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Management] ) and our partnerships with other educational institutions that helps create a grade school-to-industry pipeline of talented people who stay in the region.

Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker joked that with so many bright residents who hail from all over the world, the common language of his city is mathematics. He described Richardson’s quality of life and the hospitable environment the city creates for innovative technology firms. The mayor also reminded the gatering that that 15% of the population of Richardson is Asian, half of whom are from Taiwan.

Representatives from regional industry groups and local businesses provided examples of the types of precision manufacturing happening in North Texas right now.

After a free-flowing roundtable discussion where members of the delegation described their needs, the visit ended with a tour of one of the cleanrooms in the Natural Science and Engineering Research Laboratory.

The Office of Facilities & Economic Development helps The University of Texas at Dallas serve as “an economic engine for the region.” A rapidly growing research university, UT Dallas is central to the North Texas business ecosystem and plays a significant role in attracting new business to the area. Contact us for economic research and partnership opportunities.


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