‘It’s a big deal’: UW-Madison students, staff react to Foxconn recruiting on campus

Tech company looking to fill hundreds of jobs
‘It’s a big deal’: UW-Madison students, staff react to Foxconn recruiting on campus

Students, staff and community members have a chance this week to learn about the opportunities that Foxconn Technology Group will provide to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Foxconn Day is part of the Foxconn commitment to UW-Madison, to the state of Wisconsin, for the creation of WiscConn Valley,” said Alan Yeung, Foxconn director of U.S. Strategic Initiatives.

In August, the Taiwanese tech company announced it plans to invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“In our view, a great research university plus a great global technology company equals tremendous opportunities for economic opportunity, for economic development, not just for the university but again for the whole state,” said Charles Hoslet, the university’s vice chancellor for university relations.

Foxconn is currently recruiting for several hundred positions in Wisconsin. Career opportunities cover a variety of areas, including human resources, hardware, software and firmware engineering, finance and accounting, legal, business analysis, graphics and interior design, construction management and sales and marketing.

Dozens of students attended the first “Foxconn Day” on Thursday to learn about the hundreds of jobs in Wisconsin for which the company is recruiting.

“Foxconn’s about to be a big industry in Wisconsin, so I’m just kind of interested to see what they do, and this seems like the best way to do it,” said Eli Lipasti, a third-year computer engineering student. “Manufacturing hasn’t been big in Wisconsin for a while so it’s kind of nice to see new industries popping up.”

Lipasti, who is from Lake Mills, said right now he’s looking for a summer internship, but he’s also hoping to find a job in Wisconsin after graduation.

“I would like to stay in state. I know they’re doing the new facility in Mount Pleasant, so I’d love to work there, just stay a little bit closer to home,” he said.

Foxconn, one of the largest technology companies in the world, chose Wisconsin for its first plant outside of Asia after receiving generous incentives from the state. Foxconn said the plant in Racine County could cost up to $10 billion and eventually employ 13,000 people.

In August, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou and Chancellor Rebecca Blank signed an agreement that calls for Foxconn and the university to create the Foxconn Institute for Research in Science and Technology, or FIRST. The science and technology institute will have its main location at the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park in Racine County and will have an off-campus presence in Madison.

As part of the investment, a new building will be constructed on the university’s engineering quad.

“It’s not going to impact me directly because I’m already a third-year student so the building’s probably going to go up later, but I mean, it’s a big deal that they’re here,” Lipasti said.

Students who missed Foxconn Day on Thursday will have another chance to meet recruiters Friday.

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