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Brain drain, talent mismatch hold Taiwan back

March 16, 2008
By Lee Chyen Yee

TAIPEI (Reuters) – When Bernard Liu was looking for people to join his team of equity researchers at JPMorgan in Taiwan last year, he found a labor market rich in engineers but lacking in people qualified for the service sector.

Below: Taipei, Taiwan (臺北市)

In the end, it took him a whole year to fill the three posts.

“It’s typically a much more mixed skillset and unfortunately on some of the critical skills, candidates sometimes are lacking,” said Liu, whose company employs about 550 staff in Taiwan working in investment banking, securities and asset management. “It’s actually quite a handicap for Taiwan in the integration in the global economy.”

Managers like Liu are feeling the effects of a brain drain of talent from Taiwan to more global economies like the United States, Hong Kong and China.

Multinational companies also complain that candidates have weak English skills, a lack of talent in management and insufficient expertise in high-level research.

These deficiencies are hampering Taiwan as it tries to transform itself from a manufacturing economy into one that offers more sophisticated financial, legal and other business services.

“Some Taiwanese lawyers we know prefer to work in Hong Kong or China nowadays because the markets are hot,” said Jack Huang, partner-in-chief in Taipei of global law firm Jones Day.

For decades, Taiwan has profited from contract manufacturing, making electronic products for brands such as Dell and Texas Instruments. But, as a growing China takes on some of that manufacturing, Taiwan could be left behind.

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Guess What? Videos are Bad for Your Baby

August 7, 2007

By Jeneen Interlandi
Newsweek
August 7, 2007

Educational videos designed to stimulate young minds, like “Baby Einstein” and “Brainy Baby,” may actually impede language development, according to a new study published this week in the Journal of Pediatrics. The DVDs have become one of the most popular educational tools for parents, with promises to build the vocabulary and enhance the cognitive development of babies as young as 3 months old. The baby-brain industry now represents about $20 billion a year, according to Susan Gregory Thomas, author of “Buy Buy Baby” (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). But the claims of these manufacturers are largely unsubstantiated. And the new study says they may do more harm than good.

Researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute reported that for every hour infants 8-16 months old spent watching such programs, they understood an average of 6 to 8 fewer words than other infants who were not exposed to the videos.

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The following essays pertain to VIDEO GAMES for those older children:
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Video games: A psychiatric disorder?

Video Games Might Not Be Good for You

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: All Humor the Same Part of Your Brain

Video Games and What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain