Google to double office space in Taiwan, hire several hundred employees

Google to open new office in New Taipei, hire several hundred more employees in Taiwan

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Google announced today that it will double its office space in Taiwan by building a new space in New Tapei and will hire several hundred employees.

At a press conference today, Rick Osterloh, the senior vice president of hardware at Google, announced that the company will double its footprint in Taiwan by constructing a new office complex at Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (Tpark) in New Taipei's Banqiao District. In the future, Tpark will serve as a research and development center and is expected to relocate staff there in batches by the end of 2020.

Google Taiwan Managing Director Chien Lee- feng (簡立峰) said that even though the engineering team will relocate to the new facility, Google's Office in Taipei 101 will also continue to operate.

In addition to doubling its office space, Osterloh said that Google will expand its recruitment of employees in Taiwan. He said the company will also continue to promote its Intelligent Taiwan project, which is aimed at developing artificial AI and digital marketing talent.

Osterloh today said that because the project has achieved its goal of training 5,000 people in artificial intelligence (AI) and 50,000 in digital marketing, it will expand the scope of its education and training. Its new goal will be to train over 10,000 people in AI and more than 100,000 in digital marketing.

Presently, Google has over 2,000 employees in Taiwan. After the construction of the new office park, Google is anticipating that it will hire several hundred new Taiwanese employees. There are also plans to expand recruitment as the Intelligent Taiwan project continues to expand.

Osterloh pointed out that the plans to expand recruitment include an emphasis on the cultivation of female IT talent. Chien added that female engineers are just as good as male engineers, and sometimes better.

Google plans to work on actively including women in tech industry activities. In addition to setting up a community, Google engineers will also give speeches at universities and high schools to encourage Taiwanese women to join the IT industry.