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For the second installment of the Hunt Taiwan summer series, 40 of NPUST’s international students ventured north to visit the Hakka Village in Miaoli, the old market street of Lukang, and the “Experience Hakka” village in Dongshi, Taichung.

With considerable difficulties stemming from the global Covid-19 outbreak, NPUST’s Office of International Affairs has been encouraging the university’s 600+ overseas students to stay in Taiwan over the summer break and enjoy time their time spent on the island. To give the students an eventful and memorable summer, a series of activities have been planned to take place over the next few months. 

In 2012, NPUST began taking part in the Universitas Indonesia(UI) UI GreenMetric World University Ranking and by 2014 it began a six year winning streak, coming first in Taiwan every following year. As part of its commitment to the Green University project, in 2019, NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai and Office of International Affairs Dean Pomin Li made arrangments to travel in person to Ireland to take part in the 5th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings (IWGM).

With countries around the world in lock-down mode on account of the epidemic, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) has taken student recruitment activities to cyberspace for a “first-of-a-kind” event.

Currently, with 622 international students from 43 different countries calling NPUST “home”, the university’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) is always looking to create new opportunities for students from abroad to interact and develop closer relationships with locals.

On February 25, Cheers magazine presented the results of the 2020 “Top 20 University Performance Growth Evaluation” and NPUST came 19th, nation-wide. A total of 148 university presidents across the country were invited to be part of the survey, with 129 accepting the call.

International and local students were recently given the opportunity to bolster their language skills, build relationships with new people and broaden their knowledge on Taiwan’s rich cultural heritage through the “Your Tracks in Taiwan: Explore Tainan City” interactive activity.

With 700 international students from 46 countries on the rosters, students at NPUST often find themselves with new opportunities to enjoy diverse cultural activities hosted on the university campus. Once such activity, which took place on December 13th (‘19), was the Nepali International Festival— an event organized by a group of students from Nepal who wanted to present their teachers and fellow students with some of the rich cultural attributes of their home country.

On January 13th, as noon approached, a rare sight certain to invite one’s curiosity could be witnessed on campus, as a large number of international students gathered together on the side of the road, all dressed in red. Lunar New Year was nigh, and for locals in Taiwan, many preparations had already begun. But, just before everyone took off for the winter holidays, NPUST and Office of International Affairs (OIA) staff kept with tradition by putting on a festive New Year banquette for its international students to enjoy.

On December 24th 2019, a graduation ceremony was held for the 37th Class of the Overseas Youth Vocational Training Workshop at the NPUST Library and International Convention Center together with an exhibition of research results, which was on display in the first floor entrance hall. The 18 students from Malaysia and Indonesia who graduated from the program were presented with certificates of graduation by NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai in front a group of around 50 friends and family members who had travelled to Taiwan to witness the occasion.

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 that universities are expected to face in the years ahead.

On October 21, 2019, Dr. Hubert Hasenauer, the rector of University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), and Dr. Thomas Hein, the head of the BOKU Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG) visited NPUST to meet with its representatives and discuss matters of cooperation.

Under the commission of the Taiwan Ministry of Education, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) has been hosting the “Taiwan Education Center” in Thailand for many years, working to add depth and strength to the friendly international partnership that the two countries share. For seven consecutive years NPUST has also been cooperating with Thailand to host both the “Taiwan-Thailand Higher Education Forum” and “Higher Education Fair”.

On May 1st, NPUST welcomed 33 students from Thailand’s Songkhla Rajabhat University, who were visiting the university for a two-week academic exchange.

 

Since the time their sister-school relationship was formalized, NPUST and Rakuno Gakuen University have maintained an active and intimate relationship. The two universities are united by many common characteristics of development and enjoy learning from one another. For three professors from the two universities, Prof. Masami Kaneko, Prof. Buho Hoshino and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chien-Chang Chen, forestry research has been the basis for a very close partnership – and a joint research lab has even been set up for them on the RGU campus to conduct their work.

On January 28th, a New Year Luncheon was held in Pingtung City at the Tao Shan Banquet Hall for 90 of NPUST’s international students who will be spending their winter break on-campus.

On December 20th a graduation ceremony was held in the conference hall at the university Library and Conference Center for students who successfully completed the 36th Session of the Overseas Youth Vocational Training School. A results exhibition was also set up on the first floor of the library to display some of the students’ accomplishments.

This November, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosted the 2018 “Taiwan-Vietnam Early Childhood Education International Exchange Workshop”, bringing academic leaders in the field from both countries together to exchange ideas and promote new strategies for development. The opening ceremony for the workshop was held at 10:00 am on November 15th at the university’s General Education Building.

In 2013, the NPUST Department of Recreational Sport & Health Promotion entered into a cooperative relationship with the world renowned resort organization, Club Med, to training students in resort management and open up opportunities for overseas internships. The relationship is the first of its kind in Taiwan, and over the past five years, many students have already travelled to Club Med Resorts around the world to take part in internship training.

Students from Thailand were on “vacation” for two weeks at Taiwan’s National Pingtung University of Science and Technology as part of a new program which has been created to give students from Thailand a chance to learn new language skills and experience different cultures.