By Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal
UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank had a two-part pitch for Foxconn executives when she chatted with them during a dinner at the governor’s mansion earlier this month.
First: Her university can play an important role in training the workers who will fill Foxconn’s facility, Blank told them. And second: Its status as a research powerhouse — particularly in the fields of medicine and engineering — could provide a boost to the company’s ambitions in the field of medical imaging.
Now that Wisconsin has succeeded in wooing Foxconn, Blank and others are working to do something similar by developing research partnerships with the Taiwanese electronics giant that could pour new funding into UW-Madison.
There is much UW-Madison does not yet know about what Foxconn’s plans, which call for a $10 billion investment and a massive plant somewhere in southeastern Wisconsin where between 3,000 and 13,000 workers will assemble liquid-crystal display panels, will mean for the university. Read more …