The predecessor to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the National Science Council (NSC) of the Executive Yuan, traces its history back to February 1, 1959. As the government’s dedicated scientific and technological development agency, the NSC was charged with three main missions of promoting the nation’s overall S&T development, supporting academic research, and developing the science parks.
In today’s knowledge-based economy, S&T innovation has become a key driver of economic growth and national progress. As such, the NSC was reorganized and became MOST on March 3, 2014 with a new organizational structure aiming to facilitate stronger links between academic research and industrial development. MOST will carry on the NSC’s tradition of innovative measures and programs and bring academic research another step closer to industrial needs. By fostering an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and encouraging creativity in science and technology, MOST will boost Taiwan’s academic and industrial competitiveness at the international level.