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The cultivation of semiconductor talents has become the biggest problem that plagues many industries
South Korea's "Asian Economy" reported on December 3 that the loss of talent in the Korean semiconductor industry has already led to a red light, and the main reason for this situation is that Korean media blame Chinese officials and companies for recruiting talent.
The report pointed out that Samsung Electronics filed a lawsuit against a former senior executive in charge of D-Ram, applying for a temporary disposition to ban the transfer, because the senior official switched to a Chinese semiconductor manufacturing company.
The report believes that since China put forward the slogan of "the rise of semiconductors", China's behavior of tapping Korean semiconductor talents has intensified. Although Korean companies have been wary of the outflow of core technical talents, they can only do nothing because of lack of specific countermeasures. The loss of a large number of core talents will inevitably weaken the strength of the Korean semiconductor industry.
Earlier reports also expressed similar views. The Korean media "Korean Daily" complained on November 7 that semiconductors are the pillar industries supporting the Korean economy, and that China’s attempts to dig up core talents in the technical fields such as Korean displays are becoming more and more explicit. . In order to narrow the technological gap in one breath, Chinese companies have launched an indiscriminate “hunt hunting”.
Relevant experts in South Korea said that the government should focus on cultivating the semiconductor equipment and materials industry, and create a virtuous circle of talent structure for large enterprise retired employees to flow naturally to SMEs. The government should increase R&D support, improve the treatment of outstanding talents, and consolidate Korea's leading edge in the semiconductor industry.
The background for Korean media to generate such anxiety is that the technological gap between China and South Korea has begun to shrink rapidly. According to reports, the research report published by the Korea Institute of Modern Economics last year showed that the technology gap between Korea and China fell from 1.4 years in 2014 to 1.0 years in the technical fields of 120 Korean national strategic levels.
For this statement, some analysts told the Global Times reporter that talent circulation is understandable, and that China's narrowing the gap with South Korea's scientific and technological strength depends more on its own talent construction and investment.
At the same time, the lack of talent is not only in South Korea, but also in the fact that Chinese companies are digging Korean talents, and Japan is facing a similar situation.
"Nikkei Chinese Network" reported that with the increasingly fierce competition for semiconductor technicians, social recruitment is becoming increasingly difficult, and Japan, which is already in a hurry, faces China and the United States to "dig the wall."
At the same time, the number of students studying semiconductors is seriously insufficient, and it is even worse for the troubled Japan.
It can be said that for the current semiconductor industry, digging people is only one of them. The biggest problem is the difficulty of training talents.
In South Korea, for example, semiconductor professionals have been greatly reduced over the past decade. The number of doctoral students in the semiconductor field of Seoul National University has shrunk from 97 in 2007 to 43 last year. The total number of doctors who have been trained in the decade after 2007 is only about 58. Considering that there are 16 universities in Korea that have a semiconductor ceramics department (a doctoral program), about 900 doctors will be trained each year. But last year, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix recruited 1,500 R&D personnel from Dr. Shuo.
Park Jae-chin, president of the Korea Semiconductor Display Technology Society, said: "In most universities in South Korea, semiconductor students have shrunk by half compared to a decade ago. It is presumed that this is because South Korea has temptations besides Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix. There are very few semiconductor companies."