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With the advent of each major holiday, the thoughts of international students often turn towards family and friends back at home. And with Songkran passing in Thailand, those very sentiments were sure to visit the Thai students studying in Taiwan. Yet, travel restrictions have meant that returning home is not an option– and so to respond in the best way they could, students at NPUST made plans to let everyone’s taste buds “take a trip back to Thailand”, and enjoy the flavors of the holiday.


Who’s making an impact when it comes to Sustainable Development? The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings was designed to figure it out. With 17 items of consideration, universities around the world are being sized-up based on how well they are performing in activities directly related to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And in the recently published 2021 Impact Rankings, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) was among the 35 universities in Taiwan to make the list. 


Following a year of many unusual patterns, the NPUST Office of International Affairs once again broke the mold and tried something new with the international students during the winter break. In lieu of the regular Spring Festival Banquet held in past years, this year a DIY workshop was organized to bring students together and let them experience some different aspects of traditional Taiwanese culture. The activity was held on Feb. 4th and 5th at the Classroom for Chinese Cuisine in the Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management, with teachers coming in to instruct the students on how to make "red tortoise cake" and "paper cakes” – signifying “joy, health and longevity”.