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NPUST has enjoyed fruitful academic exchanges throughout Southeast Asia for many years; and for many years, the school has been welcoming good numbers of bright young students from Malaysia into its programs. For these Overseas Community students, Chinese New Year is a time usually spent at home with family and loved ones.
On January 19, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) held the “2022 Spring Festival DIY Paper Cutting Activity” for international students studying at the university. Kaidi Liu, a retired art teacher, was brought in to demonstrate paper cutting techniques and provide instruction. 
At National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), the undergraduate curriculum in the College of Agriculture’s Department of Food Science has passed the accreditation process of the (US) Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and received the seal of approval from the IFT-Higher Education Review Board. As a result, NPUST has become the first university in Taiwan to obtain the US accreditation. 
On December 16th, NPUST held a graduation ceremony for the 39th Overseas Youth Vocational Training School at the university’s International Conference Hall. A total of 37 students from Malaysia graduated from the program, which was divided into an "Automated Agriculture" section and "Agricultural Production and Precision Tropical Agriculture" section. 
As NPUST continues to promote internationalization under the leadership of university president Chang-Hsien Tai, the university has been working with the Office of International Affairs to improve the excellent and comfortable learning environments that they provide to overseas students who come from afar to study in Taiwan. 
The Czech Economic and Cultural Office and the Pingtung County Government jointly organized the “Czech in Pingtung” activity for December 1st~5th to introduce Taiwanese people to Czech culture and develop cooperation. Representative Patrick Rumlar and other members of the Czech Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei traveled to Pingtung to visit the area and have an exchange with local universities. 


The annual UNTA General Assembly was hosted on Nov. 24th this year out of the Creative Thinking Center at the NPUST Library and International Conference Hall. 

On November 11, NPUST and the Association of Private Higher Education Institutions in Thailand (APHEIT) jointly held the “8th Taiwan Thailand Higher Education Forum”, with Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Education Mon-Chi Lio and Thailand’s Former Minister of Education Dr. Wichit Srisa-an co-hosting the opening ceremony. Between Taiwan and Thailand, 129 schools and 259 participants were in attendance.

Bringing together four other member universities, the UNTA Secretariat organized its first ever cross-border online workshop: “Young Voices in SDGs”. Hosted on November 24th out of the Creative Thinking Center in the NPUST Library and International Conference Hall, “Young Voices in SDGs” included online sharing and audience ballot casting, with hopes of promoting research exchange between students of member universities and increasing their research capabilities. The Dean of the NPUST Office of International Affairs, Pomin Li, delivered the opening remarks and Vice-Dean Herlin Chien served as chair.
This August (‘21), NPUST published a Sustainability Report (2020) for the first time—and with its first publication, it was honored to receive the “Platinum Award” in the University category at the Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Awards. The report includes performances in "School Governance", "Financial Management", "Environmental Sustainability" and "Social Inclusion" from 2017~2019.

HAPPY DIWALI!The annual Indian festival of lights has arrived, and on November 3rd, the International College hosted a special activity to celebrate the occasion. 

Representative Ms. Sharon Ho from the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre and Director of Investment Mrs. Syakella Zakaria and Mr. Justin Lee of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority visited the NPUST campus on September 29th, meeting with NPUST President Chang Hsien Tai and holding a conversation with Malaysian students at the school.
The Taiwan Representatives Office in Guam, Guam's Deputy Governor Joshua Tenorio, and the University of Guam were joined by six Taiwan universities for an online summit and a Memorandum of Cooperation signing ceremony on September 22. 
This year the annual GreenMetric workshop (8/23-26) was hosted online by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Dr. Riri chaired the event which was organized according to the theme of “Universities, UI GreenMetric and SDGs in the Time of Pandemic”. 


In order to enhance friendly relations between Overseas Community alumni and their alma maters, while simultaneously promoting Taiwan’s higher education abroad, this year the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) held the first Global Outstanding Overseas Community Alumni Awards. 
With the advent of each major holiday, the thoughts of international students often turn towards family and friends back at home. 


Who’s making an impact when it comes to Sustainable Development? 


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.

School is out and the Lunar New Year is approaching. Usually, for Overseas Chinese at NPUST, that would mean it’s time to get on a plane and get home for the holidays. This year, however, the story is a little different. Travel is not on the table and the OC Students will be spending winter break in Taiwan. But the festival must go on!

NPUST’s has distinguished itself once again on the GreenMetric University Ranking, achieving a new personal best in 2020.