According to the White Paper on Talents in China’s Integrated Circuit Industry (2018-2019), there will be a shortfall of 261,000 experts in China’s IC industry by 2021. The lack of chip experts is taken as the key bottleneck restricting the development of the IC industry in China. As a result, the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council declared integrated circuitry to be a first-division discipline, and in October, Nanjing Integrated Circuit University was inaugurated in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province. Students will be instructed by senior engineers and industry experts from home and abroad. The courses will be designed in accordance with the job descriptions required by enterprises. The University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing launched a program to train undergraduates to design processor chips with solid theoretical understanding and practical experience.

Xinhua news release, November 4, 2020