The semiconductor industry is facing a talent shortage as the proportion of university students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields has been declining, a report by the Legislative Yuan said.
Subjects in STEM fields include life science, environmental science, physical chemistry, earth science, mathematics, information and communication technology, engineering, manufacturing and processing, as well as building and construction engineering, the Ministry of Education said.
The proportion of STEM students in colleges and universities, as well as STEM graduates in recent years are far lower than those in 1991, the report prepared by the legislature’s Budget Center said.
The number of doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students studying in STEM fields dropped by 17.15 percent from 2012 to 2021, and the number of graduates fell by 21.31 percent from 2011 to 2020, the report said.
The number of doctoral students in STEM fields declined by 26.34 percent from 2012 to 2021 and the number of doctorate holders reduced by 23.63 percent from 2011 to 2020, it said.
The proportion of doctoral, master’s and undergraduate students in STEM fields among total students from 2012 to 2021 dropped by 8.9, 1.51 and 1.77 percentage points respectively from 2011 to 2020, it said.
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