Taiwan, as it emerged as a huge tech hotspot following the trade war between the United States, has been making some name for itself on the global stage and is now attracting people from all over the world to aid its tech growth.
Two researchers from Indiana University are studying the revitalization of traditional industries in Indiana and Taiwan to better understand how they can learn from each other, although the industries and regions are vastly different. The two Indiana University professors, Shaowen Bardzell and Jeffrey Bardzell, have received more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation to study innovations in agriculture and technology-enabled manufacturing. Both regions, Indiana and Taiwan have faced the loss of manufacturing jobs in the past few decades. Taiwan, like the U.S., has lost manufacturing jobs to China, said Jeffrey Bardzell, a professor in the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. In response to job loss, Taiwan has shifted toward “precision manufacturing,” which requires more skilled labor. The researchers are discovering how technology can be used to innovate traditional industries, like farming and manufacturing. The researchers want to find out if by emphasizing high-tech in those sectors, it can translate into a regional advantage of creating jobs and bolstering an economy. The IU researchers are examining in Taiwan how former urban professionals-turned-farmers are implementing alternative farming techniques to improve the environmental impact.
With these people now researching for Taiwan too, the nation is now opening up to other institutions and increase cooperations to boom more the tech sector that has become crucial to the nation’s growth now.