Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is looking at building a relationship with the University of Canterbury after a visit by its president, Dr Johnsee Lee. ITRI, which has helped Taiwan become a world leader in semiconductors, personal computers and other technologies, has seven laboratories in four centres with 6,000 staff. It creates three to five new companies each year. “In the hi-tech area Taiwan is much more hardware oriented and we are not as good in software applications and content. And those are the areas that Canterbury has a lot of strengths,” Lee says. “I think that’s an area that we are very interested in collaborating on. We have to go back and digest what we have learned and we will send a delegation back for more detail. But we would very much like to leverage the strengths of Canterbury in the ICT area and some of the biomedical applications." During his visit, Lee met with the CEO of the Canterbury University’s commercialisation company, Canterprise, the Director of NZi3, the national ICT Innovation Institute based at the university, and various university researchers.