CDF has run a lectures program, called CDF Lectures, in partnership with National Taiwan University's (NTU) College of Management since 2013. The program is designed to strengthen the company's ties with academia, fulfill its corporate social responsibility obligations, and impart its over half a century's experience on venture capital and investment banking to students. Lecturers include top executives and CDF's investees, who share their experiences of starting up a business. At the opening lecture of the current semester, CDF Chairman Chang Chia-Juch explained that the success of a financial enterprise is not only determined by a good sound system and business environment but most importantly by its people. This is why CDF collaborates with NTU in the lecture program – to equip up-and-coming talent with the professional expertise they will need to compete in the international arena.
In 2015, CDF Lectures focused on the practical operations of venture capital and investment banking, with heavyweight lecturers including CDF President Paul Yang, KGI Securities Chairman Daw-Yi Hsu and KGI Bank Vice Chairman Eddie Yu-Chang Wang. The lectures were fine-tuned last year, the third year of the program, as CDF's business scope had altered as a result of KGI Bank joining the group, necessitating the addition of commercial banking development and strategy into the presentations.
President Paul Yang, who has lectured every year since 2013, delivered a 2015 lecture entitled “Private Equity and Venture Capital in Corporate Financing”, covering the function of private equity and venture capital in startups and creative industries, from Greater China to global equity capital markets, from commercial banks to corporate lending, and from private equity structure to individual case studies. Mr. Yang unveiled to the students some of the secrets of venture capital and investment banking, supported by analyses of the past, present and future. The venture capital focus of the CDF Lectures, being CDF's specialist area, is designed to encourage entrepreneurship among young people and demystify the world of financing-related investment banking and commercial bank operations. Through the courses, students can become familiarized with the reality of the venture capital and financial markets. Those interested in working in the financial and investment industries can gain from the lectures a hands-on, practical know-how from people with real experience in these complex fields. Meanwhile, those interested in starting their own businesses will have a better idea about financing approaches and the mentality of capital providers.
Also in 2015, as the third year of the CDF Lectures program, the lecturers introduce a Mentor system in which senior personnel from various departments of CDF guide students in group discussions on key industries that matter to global economic development and on key economic issues that will broaden their learning scope and simulate the kind of professional discussion environment found at CDF. Professor Wun-Hwa Chen, from NTU's College of Management, as a coordinator of the joint lectures, has noted that the collaboration with CDF allows students to know how the industry operates in real, while helping bridge the gap between academia and business.
In accordance with its philosophy that young talent is the most valuable resource of any society, CDF regards investment in talent via the platform of education is among the most worthy, as well as highest-yielding of business investments. This is the reason CDF has committed to developing new talent in Taiwan and made it a cornerstone of its persistent efforts to connect with society outside of its financial operations. The CDF Lectures at NTU embody this philosophy, and exemplify how determined CDF is to give back to the community via an investment that benefits all sides - local young talent, Taiwanese society as a whole, and the company itself.