Friday, March 3, 2006

From Taiwan Headlines:

During the five-year period beginning this year and extending to 2010, the government will invest NT$20 billion in industries that apply nanotechnology to daily life, it was decided in a science and technology meeting by the Executive Yuan on March 2.

This is the largest budget ever for the six strategic sci-tech industries that were designated by the Executive Yuan, reflecting the expectation that Taiwan will develop into a global nanotechnology R&D center.

The meeting was presided over by Premier Su Tseng-chang, the first such meeting after Su assumed the premiership. Sci-tech advisors attending the meeting included Lee Yuan-tseh, president of Academia Sinica; Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.; Ke Cheng-en, president of the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research; Chang Chun-yen, president of National Chiao Tung University; Chang Tze-wen, professor of National Tsinghuaa University; and Chen Ting-hsin, dean of the College of Medicine of National Taiwan University