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The Class of 2018 [ 2018-06-27 ]
Always long awaited, yet always coming sooner than expected; on the morning of June 23rd, NPUST students gathered into the Shu Yun Hall to take part in the ceremony and receive their diplomas of graduation.
The NPUST Department of Biomechatronics Engineering has been coordinating with the Ministry of Education Southbound Policy to provide professional training to talent throughout Southeast Asia.
The NPUST Animal Biologics Pilot Production Center (動物製劑研究中心) has be selected from among 65 special field research centers at 24 universities to receive grant money from the Ministry of Education’s 2018 Higher Education Sprout Project (高等教育深耕計畫).
On May 10th, 2018, the NPUST Department of Social Work invited members of Charles Darwin University (CDU) to hold a special “resilience training” workshop at the Humanities Building on the NPUST campus.
The biomedical subsidiary of Compal Electronics spent six months planning out the UniCore Animal Hospital, which is cooperating with the NPUST College of Veterinary Medicine to raise the level of veterinary medicine services for pets by using human-calibre medical equipment, including top-end MRI and PET/CT instruments, for animal diagnostics and treatment.
The NPUST Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management has started an innovative “flash lecture” education module to introduce students to new professional techniques and open up their horizons.
On the last day of March, the final showdowns of the 93rd Anniversary Sports Day Competition at NPUST came to a head.
On March 27th a charming gathering of bright-eyed students took place on the square in front of the General Education Building to celebrate the annual Indonesian Cultural Festival at NPUST.
After kicking off in Taipei on November 6th, the third day of “2017 Forum for Adventure-Physical Education in Taiwan and New Southern Nations” was hosted on the NPUST campus.
The board members of the Lung Ying-Tai Cultural Foundation to visit the university and tour the newly built NPUST Feature Exhibition Center.
On November 18th an opening ceremony was held for the newly created “Center for Community Forestry”, which is stationed at the NPUST Department of Forestry building.
Professor Way Long of the NPUST Department of Wood Science and Design has organized “College Violin” workshop to teach students the art of making handcrafted violins. Professor Long will focus the skills and knowledge of the department onto a new aim of creating violins that embody the kind of quality that is seen in the Italian Cremona Violins, and hopefully turn the school into a center for violin making in Taiwan.
On November 23rd, the Directorate General of Highways and the Pingtung County Government accompanied Pingtung Bus and NPUST at the opening ceremony for the “Demand Response Transportation System” (DRTS). This will be the first time nationwide for DRTS services to be offered within university campus grounds and will include Taiwan’s first-ever APP reservation and “late bird reservation” services.
Building on a foundation of agricultural technology, NPUST, the only “Paradigm University” in the Kaohsiung and Pingtung Area, has successfully diversified into a variety of different fields which are continuously being reunited through dedicated inter-disciplinary initiatives.
Celebrating 93 Years! [ 2017-11-16 ]
Celebrating 93 Years!

Don’t miss the celebration! On November 25th, 2017 NPUST will be celebrating its 93rd anniversary on campus with lots of fun activities lined up. In addition to the many other activities planned throughout the day, make sure to check out the“Anniversary Celebration Fair”on Siwei Road, where nearly 200 stalls with games, snacks, beverages, crafts and much more will be set up from 9:00-16:00. Also, swing by the “Harvest Concert”at the field across from the Administration Building for live music performances from 14:00 to 17:00.

美翻新地標 波斯菊花海為智慧農場暖身

November has arrived, yet a field of chrysanthemum on the campus of NPUST is in full bloom, in complete contrast with the typical images that come to mind when one thinks of autumn. Instead, bright petals shimmer under the warm sunlight and butterflies softly flutter among the flowers in a dance that sings of vitality. The field, left fallow for now, is part of the “smart agriculture” initiative currently under development at the university. Once the cycle is completed, the chrysanthemum flowers that cove the field will have decomposed, providing nutrients to the soil and increasing its fertility. With both practical and aesthetic features, these flowers have become quite the attraction; and whether it is students hoping to get nice graduation photo or photography hobbyists looking for the next shot –it’s currently among the most popular sites on campus.

As a leader in smart agriculture, NPUST has moved forward from the traditional way of thinking and is incorporating such technology as smart interactive devices into its curricular design. A five hectare site has been marked of for a smart farm which will be based on technological agriculture and incorporate high-tech mechanization to substitute for labor. Big data and the internet will be used to manage marketing and traceability, as well as to synchronize with culture and leisure industries. The initiative also incorporates concepts of sustainable operations that make use of natural biocontrol methods. Thus students are able to learn valuable technical skills while also keeping up with environmentally ethical approaches. Through practical learning – from production and processing to marketing, management, tourism and recreation – students can learn by doing, and without being limited to a single area of study.

Plans for the smart farm not only include a management center, rice-growing area, a “happy farm”, an agricultural waste regenerative treatment site, and a fruit tree cultivation/lychee reserve area. There will also be a coco production area, a short term crop rotation area, a smart greenhouse, a strawberry cultivation area, and a green recreation area. On top of it will included a fish and vegetable symbiotic cultivation site for Council of Agriculture publicly funded students (Department of Food Science), a handmade chocolate workshop and other facilities. Thus, as NPUST continues to push industry chains to what has become known as “level six”, it will build even higher on its foundation of teaching while extending further on local agricultural development and industry-academic cooperation.

 

In 2017, with sponsorship from the NPUST and the Taiwan Ministry of Education, a total of 114 students from 13 of the university’s departments had the opportunity to go abroad to take part in 1 month to half-year professional internships.
Southbound Bridges Taking Shape in India and Myanmar

NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai, Vice-President Chung-Ruey Yen, Secretary Director Kuei-Jyum Yeh, and Dept. of Wood Science & Design Asst. Prof. Way Long recently made a trip to India and Myanmar to promote academic exchange and create new bridges for cooperation in the region. On the evening of October 6th delegates from NPUST took part in a banquet hosted by the Taiwan Representatives Office in India (TECC). At the affair, in an effort to promote Taiwan’s fabulous cuisine and encourage tourism, a “Taiwan Cuisine” section was set up with NPUST’s Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management Professor and former chef of the Kaohsiung Grand Hi Lai Hotel Banquet Hall, Wen-Tung Chen, overseeing the food preparations together with two of his students, Zeng Guan-Ru and Li Jun-De. The dishes presented by the culinary team were very well received and highly acclaimed by those in attendance. NPUST’s President Tai offered a special ‘thanks’ to the TECC Science and Technology Director, Henry Chen, who is also an NPUST faculty member, for making the arrangements and giving NPUST an opportunity to exhibit its some of its special qualities. While in Delhi, the NPUST officials had an important mission to carry out and had little room to tarry as they made their way from University of Delhi, to the Indian Institute of Technology and then on to Amity University – three outstanding universities in the immediate area. At the universities, the visitors made presentations on NPUST’s smart agriculture talent training, fruit tree cultivation, and innovative developments in bamboo applications. The University of Delhi, a renowned comprehensive university with around 170,000 students on its roster, is the highest level and most influential university in India, and through the trip plans have been sured-up for their faculties in fields related to biology to begin preliminary cooperation activities with NPUST. At the Indian Institute of Technology Dehli, the Centre for Rural Development and Technology has many research targets that are very much in-line with ones NPUST has in its focus; thus, in the future, the two will be planning out academic pursuits in the field of agriculture science and technology. At Amity University, which has branches spread across the globe, President Tai offered a presentation that was warmly received, and hopes are that in the future the two universities will be able to engage in more substantial cooperative initiatives. Once India’s leg of the trip was completed, the delegates continued on to Myanmar to conduct some meetings that were arranged by Taiwan’s Known-You Seed Co., Ltd. At the capital of Naypyidaw, the group paid a visit to Yezin Agricultural University and University of Veterinary Science, Yezin. Since diplomatic relations between Taiwan and Myanmar are not considerably warm, the fact that the NPUST officials were welcomed by both universities carries substantial significance — opening up opportunity for academic cooperation and creating potential for industry-academic cooperation. While in Myanmar, the delegates also paid visits to Known-You Seed Co., Ltd. and other Taiwan companies operating in the area. In the future, hopes are to see a breakthrough on the issues related to visas, so that students will be able to take part in academic exchanges and internships, and so that Taiwan and Myanmar will be able to have more frequent exchanges in higher-education. Both in India and in Myanmar, the visitations were considerably successful and are expected to make the way for future sister-university agreements and new opportunities for industry-academic cooperation.

Taiwan Representatives’ Office in India Calls on NPUST to Prepare Banquet Dinner

Associate Professor Wen-Tung Chen of the Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management received a special invitation from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India to form a culinary team which would be responsible for preparing food for an official banquet in India in celebration of Taiwan’s National Day. NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai traveled to India together with Professor Chen and two students, Zeng Guan-Ru and Li Jun-De, who were selected to help prepare the food for the more than 200 guests who would be present at the banquet. Among these included six members of the Indian parliament, a large number of foreign envoys, and many representatives of the Taiwan business sector.  

In order to promote Taiwan cuisine, the Taiwan representatives’ office set up a special section for which Professor Chen had the responsibility of overseeing. Professor Chen formally worked as a chef at the Kaohsiung Grand Hi Lai Hotel Banquet Hall and has won countless awards for his superb culinary skills.

Ingredients used in the Taiwan cuisine preparation included Donggang Sakura shrimp, rice noodles, red onion crisps, dried radish and NPUST’s famous low-salt soy sauce, which was brought over especially for the occasion. The six dishes prepared included shrimp rolls, fried rice noodles, bamboo rice cake, bowl rice cake, basil shish-kebab and tofu sheet fish with five-flavor sauce – each of which captivated the taste buds of the banquet goers. The dishes offered a rich interpretation of the unique culinary style and flavor of Formosa and amply demonstrated the skills of the faculty and students in the university’s Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management.  

Special gratitude was extended to the Director Henry Chen of the Science and Technology Division at the Taiwan representative’s office in India. Called last year to serve at the representatives’ office in Delhi, Director Chen, who is a professor from NPUST’s Department of Food Science, was behind the effort to give the university an opportunity to display its academic accomplishments in culinary arts. The skills of the team were highly appreciated, not only winning praise from guests, but also catching the interest of media outlets, including the Central News Agency of Taiwan, and “The Statesman” and “Diplomatic Square” magazines of India.

Upon returning to Taiwan, the students who were on the culinary team expressed that it was not only a great chance to use the skills they learned at school to prepare such a high caliber dinner, they also appreciated interacting with and learning from Indian chefs, and considered it a rare privilege to witness such a gathering of politicians, officials and business representatives from different countries. The experience opened up their international outlook immensely and has led them to encourage their schoolmates to pursue other opportunities that may arise to take part in international events and activities. 

NPUST and the University of Arizona work together to develop intelligent technical agriculture

At 10:30 am on 21st of September this year, NPUST signed up the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Arizona (UA) in the meeting room CE401 of the College of Engineering. It aims to improve cooperation in fields of academic research, international forum, exchange students and teachers. Prof. Chia Yen Lee, vice dean of the College of Engineering led professors of the department of Biomechatronics Engineering to have the discussion and sign up the MOU with Prof. Frederic Zenhausern, Basic Medical Sciences Director and  Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine of the UA. This means the NPUST will develop an intelligent cloud platform to integrate molecular diagnosis, control micro-electro-mechanics, technology of sensor and internet for improvement of intelligent technical agriculture.

 

NPUST is an excellent university of industrial education, and has the strategies of technical agriculture, ecological industry, platinum society, and blue economy. In the meanwhile, the UA recently uses nanotechnology and internet to improve health care service. We believe the strategies of these two universities can work together to bring a result of win-win. The MOU will give more opportunities of cooperation in a long term, increase both universities’ competitive capability, and bring reciprocity to share resource and develop local industries and industrial education.

The cooperation is supported by Sanlien Educational Foundation and the project of exemplary university of science and technology of Ministry of Education. Sanlien Educational Foundation puts lots of effort to promote and support any research, training, and activities of humanities and social sciences in order to improve multi-industrial education. Under the MOU agreement, the department of Biomechatronics Engineering of NPUST establishes an office of Creative Satellite to aim to design a low-cost intelligent health-care device. This will provide more opportunities of academic exchange between departments of these two universities in order to develop an actual cooperation with relevant industries in the Southern Taiwan, participate real industrial education, share academic resource, and training of industrial human resource.

We expect the cooperation of NPUST and AU will be an excellent model to lead industrial cooperation between the Southern Taiwan and the State of Arizona. Therefore, the NPUST will be a significant center of training expects in multi-fields to lead the development of industries.