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Taiwan less internationalized than South Korea, China: TSMC head

2012/05/18 22:48:05

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Chairman and CEO Morris Chang said Friday that South Korea and China are more internationalized than Taiwan, and he advised local students to read more extensively to be more in touch with the world.

South Korea is generally more advanced than Taiwan, and first-tier Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Beijing are more internationalized than Taipei, Chang said at a youth forum in Taipei.

"Taiwan remains a relatively insular country," he said.

Citing English proficiency as an indicator of internationalization, Chang said the Chinese students he knew at MIT and Stanford University had better command of English than their counterparts from Taiwan.

Chang advised Taiwanese students to improve their English because English-language publications remain the main window to the latest trends in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

He also advised students to read more editorials and columns in English-language magazines and attend more seminars on subjects related to economics and social issues.

(By Chung Jung-feng and Scully Hsiao)