Naturejobs.com offers an interesting look at Taiwan’s high-tech dreams and their implications for the island’s employment and technology situation:

Such aspirations are grounded in reality, because many of the country’s senior faculty members and administrators trained and worked in top institutions in the United States and Europe. Some come back, mid-career, to care for ageing parents, and take a pay cut in doing so (see ‘Low-tech, high-tech’). But schemes to address repatriates’ salary issues are gathering steam as part of a bid to internationalize its workforce and to build better facilities in targeted areas.

One of the largest drivers toward Taiwan’s goals, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), is steering that change. ITRI boasts about 6,000 researchers, of whom roughly 950 hold PhDs. “We’ve created about 130 companies in the past 30 years,” says ITRI’s president, Johnsee Lee. But he acknowledges that many of those companies have focused on contract manufacturing, licensing out technology and outsourcing. The biggest example of this phenomenon is also one of ITRI’s most prominent success stories. The Taiwan Semiconductor Company, spun off from ITRI 20 years ago, makes chips for most of the world’s laptop computers, and sells them under many labels, including IBM. “We have to change from being a follower to being a differentiator, by combining technology and industrial design,” says Lee.

It’s a long article and there is plenty there.