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UMC Announces Board Meeting Approval for New Director Candidates


Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. - April 22, 2009 – United Microelectronics Corporation (TWSE: 2303, NYSE: UMC) announced the approval of nine candidates for director nomination at its board meeting held today, including four independent directors and one outside director. Board director re-election will be held during the company's 2009 annual shareholders meeting in June. Candidates for independent directors include three current independent directors: Mr. Chun-Yen Chang, Prof. Chung Laung Liu and Prof. Paul S.C. Hsu, and one new nominee, Prof. Cheng-Li Huang.

 Independent Director Candidate  Experience & Education
 Chun-Yen Chang  Foreign Associate, National Academy of  Engineering, U.S.A.
 Academician, Academia  Sinica
 Principle, National Chiao Tung  University  
 Ph.D. of Electronics Engineering, National Chiao  Tung  University
 Chung Laung Liu  Academician, Academia Sinica
 Honorary Chair  Professor, National Tsing Hua  University
 Principle,  National Tsing Hua University
 Sc.D. of  Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 Paul S.C. Hsu  Chair Professor of Management, Yuan-Ze  University
 Chairman, Taiwan Assessment and  Evaluation  Association
 Founding Dean of College  of  Management,  National Taiwan University
 Ph.D.  of Business Administration, University of  Michigan
Cheng-Li Huang  Associate Professor of Accounting, Tamkang  University
 CEO of Tamkang Accounting Education  Foundation
 Publisher of Journal of  Contemporary  Accounting  Controller, Tamkang University
 Ph.D. of  Business School, the University of  Warwick

Adhering to a successful, well-established system has always been one of UMC's highest operating principles, with efficient board operations being an integral part of this effort. Following SOX404 regulations, UMC had already established an audit committee formed by independent directors as an internal control system. UMC also plans to establish a supervision committee formed by all independent directors that conforms to Taiwan's regulations. In addition, at the next board meeting UMC will add another independent director bringing the total to four, and will appoint one outside director. Since the number of independent and outside directors will account for more than half of the 9 seats of board, this action will significantly help to increase operating transparency as well as maintain the interaction and balance between the board and the management team. By continuing to enhance the board and corporate governance structure, UMC hopes to further increase the board's efficiency and supervision to protect shareholders' value.

About UMC
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry that provides advanced technology and manufacturing services for applications spanning every major sector of the IC industry. UMC's customer-driven foundry solutions allow chip designers to leverage the strength of the company's leading-edge processes, which include production proven 65nm, 45/40nm, mixed signal/RFCMOS, and a wide range of specialty technologies. Production is supported through 10 wafer manufacturing facilities that include two advanced 300mm fabs; Fab 12A in Taiwan and Singapore-based Fab 12i are both in volume production for a variety of customer products. The company employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Europe, and the United States. UMC can be found on the web at



Bowen Huang / Tien Yu Tseng
UMC, Investor Relations
Tel. + 886-2-2700-6999, ext. 6957



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