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On September 1st, a second online pre-conference meeting was held to continue with preparations for two important upcoming events set for the end of November: the International Sustainable Development...

The first International Sustainable Development Conference (ISDC 2020) will be held at National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) from November 27 to 28, 2020. Sustainable developm...
In an active effort to promote international exchange and cooperation, on December 13th, 2012, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) brought together presidents of universities throughout Southeast Asia for a meeting that resulted in the joint launching of the University Network of Tropical Agriculture (UNTA). This year, faced with Covid travel restrictions, NPUST, the network’s permanent secretary, hosted an online conference to enabled important exchange and fruitful dialogue between UNTA members.

Seventeen university representatives from twelve universities in six countries came online for the webinar, which was centered the topic of “boosting university world ranking through UNTA cooperation”. The universities at the table included Brawijaya University and IPB University of Indonesia; Kasetsart University, Maejo University, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, and Chiang Mai University of Thailand; University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, Thai Nguyen University, and Thai Nguyen University, of Vietnam; Periyar University, of India, University of Queensland, of Australia; and NPUST, of Taiwan.

World university rankings have become increasingly important tools for boosting universities’ international reputations and recruiting international students in recent years, which is why NPUST wanted to invite UNTA members to share about their experiences with the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Ranking and discuss how UNTA, as an international organization, can serve to improve cooperation in such areas as research, academic publication, SDGs, social responsibility and exchange – all of which can translate to improved ranking performances.

The video conference began with a warm welcome to the participants from NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai. From there, the time was delegated to representatives of five universities, who shared on their related research and experiences in university ranking performances. These included the president of IPB, Dr. Arif Satria; vice president of Brawijaya University (UB), Dr. Ir. Moch. Sasmito Djati; assistant to the president of Kasetsart University (KU), Dr. Aphichart Rodchanarowan; assistant to the president of Chiang Mai University (CMU), Dr. Piyapong Niamsup; dean of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at University of Queensland (QU), Dr. Neal Menzies; and vice-president of Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (RMUTI), Dr. Chalermpon Yuangklang.

Following the presentations, the floor was open to discussion on the topic of how to conduct substantive cooperation in such ways that would help contribute to the member universities overall standings. A suggestion was made at this time to explore the idea of holding online sustainability courses for members, with professors from various member universities taking turns to offer 30-minute online lectures on related topics. Additionally, the secretariat shared its intentions to organize an UNTA Sustainability Camp in 2021, which will be offered to students of member universities, and to begin publishing a bi-annual UNTA E-newsletter, with a trial edition set to be published at the end of September (2020).

The online conference received positive feedback from participants. Hopes are that this type of exchange activity can take place often, so that members can benefit from the wisdom and experience of partner schools—and that together, UNTA will be able to make considerable contributions to sustainable university development.
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For several years now, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) has been making use of its expertise in tropical agriculture to pursue the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals— and...
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On November 22, 2019 NPUST hosted the “Impact Summit” at the university’s International Conference Hall to give scholars from different backgrounds an opportunity to discuss a variety of challenges th...
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On May 1st, NPUST welcomed 33 students from Thailand’s Songkhla Rajabhat University, who were visiting the university for a two-week academic exchange.

Thailand’s Songkhla Rajabhat University's students was rounding up the two weeks of training,  they held an exhibition and “Songkran Festival” celebration with Thai Student Association

 

The university is working with the government to apply smart technology towards improving the health of the forests.

Assoc. Prof Chien-Chang Chen of the Department of Forestry has put together a team to work with the Pingtung Forest Management Office on a completely new approach to forest survey operations.

The NPUST Institute of Food Safety Management has opened a new window into the world of food safety with a “Food Safety Verification APP” that allows users to see where their food has come from and the check-stops that it has passed along the way.

With the long-term support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF), National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) has taken on the responsibility of cultivating international talent and conducting academic and technical diplomacy – the results of which have already received government affirmation.

Professor Yau-Lun Kuo has been named “2019 Commendable Contributor to the Conservation of Forests and Nature” by the Council of Agriculture. On April 2nd, the Department of Forestry Nursery held a press conference, hosted by NPUST President Chan-Hsien Tai. The dean of the College of Agriculture, Professor Fure-Chyi Chen, director of the Department of Forestry, Professor Chih-Chiang Wang, and Professor Mei-Huei Chen were also invited to be present for the meeting.