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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.

Cooperating with KLK International on International Talent Cultivation

The results from the Agriculture Production 4.0 project promoted by NPUST have been excellent with wide-ranging interdisciplinary research that has attracted the attention of Malaysia’s KLK International Sdn. Bhd. As a result, the two parties agreed to join forces, putting ink to an industry-academia strategic alliance agreement on July 20th (2017). Under the agreement the pair will cooperate on academic exchanges, practical industry activities and talent cultivation initiatives. KLK International operates out of the Malaysian East Coast Economic Region, an important economic development zone in Malaysia covering an area of 66,000 square kilometers. Recently, the Malaysian enterprise invited Director Yu-Min Wang of the NPUST Department of Civil Engineering to form a professional interdisciplinary team, integrating expertise in geological development, tropical fruit production, crops, and high economic value fish cultivation, so that from the nursing of seedlings to the mass production, protection, processing and marketing of products, the comprehensive management of the entire production chain is seamlessly integrated. By concentrating the capacities of government, industry, and academia, Taiwan and Malaysia are able to benefit from accelerated mutual economic momentum.

This new alliance can also be regarded as a major success for the New Southbound Policy, and is a major milestone for progress in on the Malaysian front. In the future, hopes are that a New Southbound Office will be established in the area to handle affairs for Malaysia-Taiwan talent cultivation and to help execute policy objectives. According to NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai, “this cooperation will allow for an interdisciplinary integration that will unite the capacities of teams from each of the colleges, carrying out work according to categories of expertise, with, for example, the Department of Plant Industry taking on responsibility for crop cultivation and variety improvements; the Department of Aquaculture and Department of Veterinary Medicine handling the breeding and managing of high economic value fish; and the Department of Civil Engineering addressing water and soil conservation and monitoring soil and the environment in the development area; and for the processing, packaging and marketing side of things, teams from the College of Management have been recruited – thus manifesting the strength of university’s cross-domain education policies. The project will also allow NPUST and Malaysia to enjoy mutual learning exchanges, cultivate more outstanding talent, and create new opportunities for employment.” The chairman of KLK International emphasized that “the strengths of the on-location teams from NPUST allowed for the integration of each of the tasks, reducing fragmentation and faults in communication. Adding to this, with an excellent reputation in technical and vocational agriculture education in Taiwan, NPUST can help Malaysian talent to advance in their studies and create new opportunities for people from both countries.”

Hopes are that the bilateral cooperation will make a contribution to the development of Malaysia’s East Coast Economic Region while opening new roads for professional talent from both counties and adding new value to agriculture industries.

Creating a Southbound Policy Fount of Learning Founded on Taiwan-Thailand Higher Education Cooperation

The Taiwan-Thailand Higher Education Forum is an important annual event jointly held by the two countries. Through the forum, both parties are able to add depth to their partnering relationship, help cultivate talent and exchange knowledge and technology. Coordinating with the Taiwan government’s New Southbound Policy, in the future, both parties will be encouraged to bolster academic exchange activity between universities and promote more industry-academia cooperative projects. The strategy is aimed at attracting more of Thailand’s elite students to come to Taiwan for studies while creating opportunities for students from Taiwan visit Thailand for research and education. This year’s forum was held on June 4th at the Kaohsiung 85 Sky Tower Hotel. The forum was hosted by NPUST with assistance from the Thailand Taiwan Education Center.

  Among forum participants representing Taiwan included the Ministry of Education’s Political Deputy Minister Leehter Yao along with other members of the Ministry of Education and 57 university presidents, vice-presidents and international affairs officers – totaling around 120 people present. Representatives of Thailand included the former Minister of Education, Dr. Wichit Srisa-an, and 45 university presidents and international affairs officers, for a total of nearly 130 Thai guests. The number of high-ranking personnel present at the affair demonstrated how important the forum is to both parties. Observing the spectacular occasion, the warm and frequent educational exchanges relationship shared by both countries was quite evident.

  The theme of the 2017 forum was “Taiwan-Thailand Cooperation for Improved International Mobility, Innovative Leadership and Links with Industry”. Deputy Minister Leehter Yao opened the forum with a speech, during which he stated that: “talent cultivation and academic exchange are the most effective means of promoting international cooperation; especially with Thailand currently actively promoting the “Thailand 4.0 Policy”which is aimed at cultivating talent in 10 fields of expertise. Here, Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy must offer optimal support, not only in promoting bilateral interaction, but also in academic resources sharing, language learning and other professional development strategies. All of these are important items of cooperation and for this purpose we are strengthening and adding depth to the solid friendship shared by both counties. In academic and industrial sectors, more frequent talent exchange can create better results. And so we hope for greater opportunity for exchange with Southbound Policy counties and nations throughout Oceania, so that Taiwan’s outstanding higher education can shine further in the international community.” The former Minister of Education, Dr. Wichit Srisa-an expressed that “through advancement in knowledge, talent cultivation, accumulation of experience and the promotion of close links between academics and industry, we hope that Taiwan and Thailand bilateral interaction can create many more opportunities for cooperation, train professional talent and help the next generation to become more competitive.” Immediately after the two speeches, Keynote speaker and Chairman of Charoen Pokphand Enterprise Co. Ltd., Mr. Willis Cheng, addressed the topic of “looking at universities’ encouragement of innovation, entrepreneurship and R&D from an industry perspective”. The second keynote address was offered by Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, the rector of Thailand’s King Mongkut's University of Technology. He spoke on the way in which “higher education can take on the challenge of industrial upgrading under Thailand 4.0”. Guests also took part in discussions, exploring the challenges of Thailand 4.0, the Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, and the policies and achievements related to cooperation in higher education.

  In the afternoon, arrangements were made for an official meeting and group discussions to address “how universities can cooperate with industry to encourage R&D and innovation”. Groups were separated by field for three separate discussions (Group 1: Smart Agriculture, Biomedical Technology, and Medical Care; Group 2: Smart Engineering and Technology; Group 3: Business, Tourism and Hospitality Management). Afterwards, representatives of Taiwan and Thailand conducted a summary report, addressing how universities can cooperate with industry to encourage R&D and innovation, conducting exchanges of opinions and further brainstorming.

  After group discussions, they immediately held the main event of the day –the Taiwan-Thailand University Student Internship and Exchange Alliance signing ceremony. Starting things off, King Mongkut's University of Technology Director of Chemical Engineering presented the briefing, after which King Mongkut's University of Technology, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, and Cheng Shiu University took part in the signing ceremony. That evening a banquet was held for the guests, with rich and diverse performances bringing the forum to a fabulous conclusion.

NPUST Signs MOU for Strategic Alliance on Animal Health

Over the long-term, NPUST has placed its focus on the development of animal immunization and animal health industry technologies, and the cultivation of professionals in the field. The university has worked in close cooperation with international animal vaccination and health industry research agencies, and has established strategic alliances with the Executive Yuan’s Pingtung Agriculture and Biotechnology Park (PABP), the Agricultural Technology Research Institute, and the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Office of Agricultural Biotechnology Analysis and Promotion with the aim of developing agriculture technology, raising the agriculture research capacity of Taiwan and cultvating professionals in the field.

 

On June 8th, 2017, during the “2017 Animal Vaccination and Animal Health Management Symposium” (動物疫苗與動物健康管理產業國際論壇) jointly hosted by the NPUST and PABP, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to strengthen cooperation and exchange.
 

NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai stressed the fact that “abuses of antibiotics is an major concern for Taiwan food safety, so NPUST is using technology to compensate, hoping that, together with the government and private industries, we will be able to advance in animal vaccination research and make a contribution to food safety in Taiwan.” With funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Department of Academia-Industry Collaboration, the College of Veterinary Medicine and seven private enterprises have cooperated to establish the Taiwan Animal Vaccine/Adjuvant Service Alliance (台灣動物疫苗佐劑產業聯盟技術服務中心), and, in order to help support NPUST to provide services to farmers and promote the development agriculture industries, a strategic alliance and membership contract was signed.
 

The symposium invited Chun-Hung Lin, the vice-president of the Agricultural Technology Research Institute, Jian-Hsin Chu, the head of renowned animal vaccination company, Boehringer Ingelheim Taiwan, and Korea’s Green Cross Veterinary Products Co. Ltd to discuss animal health industry aspirations, new types of animal vaccination technology, international markets and the development of vaccinations for influenza viruses in mammals. Furthermore, invitations were extended to scholars from Norway and Thailand to jointly discuss aquaculture animal vaccination developments and current challenges in aquaculture production. They also shared on the newest trends in animal vaccination and animal health industries. Hopes are that Taiwan’s local industries will benefit from the interaction and information the symposium provided.
 

University representatives pointed out that there is a close and inseparable relationship between the health of animals and the health of people living in the same environment. Thus, the concept of “One World One Health” has been adopted to help promote international objectives. Over the past few years, key international players in animal health related industries have started working on various types of integrations, developing a systematic approach to the industry. Today, regardless if it is animal vaccinations for economically important animals or health management of pets, it is recognized that there is much room for growth to be made with respect to industry output values. Taiwan has considerable reputation for its agricultural biotechnology, especially with respect to livestock and poultry farming and animal disease management-related industries. NPUST’s long-term investment in animal immunization and animal health management has made a considerable contribution in this area, and, with respect to international industry and academic cooperation, the university has performed exceptionally well. Now through the alliance, it will be able to focus the capabilities of industry, government and academia, to accelerate the development of Taiwan’s animal health industry and turn it into an industry of “green gold”.

NPUST ‘Laboratory Animal Center’ Hosts 1st Certified IACUC Training Conference

Starting on August 2nd 2017, the NPUST Laboratory Animal Center (實驗動物中心), held the three-day Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) International Training Conference. The conference had 77 participants coming from 10 different countries and invited seven formerly- or currently serving highly experienced, certified AAALAC International committee members and experts to offer guidance. On the day of the opening ceremony, Director Jenn-Fang Hwang of the Livestock Research Institute (Executive Yuan, Council of Agriculture) spoke on the current situation and challenges related to animal testing regulations in Taiwan. A representative of the longest existing international animal care organization, the RSPCA, also spoke on animal welfare and important points of consideration in handling animals. The talks covered ideas from academic, governmental and civil animal care groups and provided participants with comprehensive information on the subject.

NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai stated that, in the current generation, people have a much better understanding of, and put much more emphasis on, animal welfare; however, even though the government has already clearly stated in the law the functions that the IACUC must carry out, including approving animal use applications, providing advice for improving facilities for raising animals, overseeing whether animal testing actually follows the plan which was approved, conducting animal facility inspections, reviewing plans for handling animals and conducting investigations on issues related to the animal welfare items mentioned in the "Laboratory Animal Care and Use Guide", it may be the case that many IACUC and other members lack the precise education or training they need. Consequently, within many organizations, the work that the IACUC is doing is ineffective and it is impacting animal welfare and research results. Thus, at the end of last year, Director Dr. Montip Gettayacamin of the Southeast Asian Office of AAALAC International and Dr. Leslie Retnam, who was invited to give a lecture in Taiwan at that time, discussed and proposed the formation of the first ever Taiwan-hosted three-day comprehensive in-depth IACUC training session.

President Tai also noted that “as the first university in Taiwan and the fourth in the Pacific Asian region to obtain university-wide AAALAC International certification, careful assessment and assurance of animal welfare in science activities is not only a requirement but also a duty.” Taiwan’s animal protection laws clearly require that organizations establish animal handling and care committees to ensure that animal welfare is protected when using animals for scientific or research purposes, as is the norm with many other countries.

The training conference was approved by the Council of Agriculture as an official IACUC advanced reeducation and training session. It was also the first training conference to cover all of the IACUC functions so thoroughly. The agency that hosted the event hopes that through the IACUC training, they will not only be able help local and neighboring countries properly carry out the function of overseeing the handling of animals, but will also be able to demonstrate that Taiwan is increasing public awareness of norms and standards in using animals for scientific activities.

 

Saving Life and Bringing Joy: Animal Blood Donation Vehicle Opens New Roads
On June On June 13th, 2017 the Veterinary Transfusion Medicine Center (獸醫輸血醫學中心) established by the NPUST Department of Veterinary Medicine held a ceremony to recognize the donation of a mobile animal blood donation vehicle. Since its establishment last year, the Veterinary Transfusion Medicine Center has had many pet owners register with great enthusiasm, willing to make a contribution to animal medical care by making animal blood donations. Unfortunately, due to difficulties some face with transporting, often times the blood donations don’t end up taking place. When NPUST Alumni Association executive director and head of the Sinsin Veterinary Hospital, Mr. Ping-ho Chen (Veterinary Medicine, 1978), and his wife, Shu-chin Kuo, learned of the need, they decided to generously donate a Volkswagen Caravelle to serve as a mobile animal blood donation vehicle. A ceremony was held to recognize the transfer of the vehicle, during which, Ping-ho Chen pointed out that “there is more joy in donating than in receiving.” He also shared his hope that “the blood donation vehicle will help improve the quality of medical treatment for our furry friends and benefit many pet owners and veterinarians.” Ping-ho Chen and his wife were very happy to make an effort for this cause and hope the vehiclewill make it easier for willing donors to contribute to the saving of animal life. During the occasion, NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai acknowledged that “since the establishment of the Veterinary Transfusion Medicine Center, there have been many enthusiastic pet lovers registering to make donations and the professional technology and equipment of NPUST’s Department of Veterinary Medicine has provided more support for animal treatment, pushing veterinary medicine to the next level.” Since its unveiling ceremony on June 13th, 2016, the Veterinary Transfusion Medicine Center has already had 128 dogs registered for blood donations. Following the “four step” blood donation screening, 45 dogs which met the qualification standards made successful donations. In light of the successful experience, the center recently started holding blood donation services for cats as well. The NPUST Veterinary Transfusion Medicine Center is the first public animal blood bank in Taiwan. The center’s treatment management and control of blood products is top notch, with every donation undergoing rigorous biochemical and infectious disease screenings to ensure that the blood product that is passed on to the veterinarians is the safest, most reliable and highest quality blood product possible. According to Associate Professor Ms. Yi-Lun Tsai, the woman in charge of the center, “it’s not only about saving the lives of animals, but considering the emotional ties between pets and their owners, we also hope to create a situation that will allow them both to be happy.” With a full year of operations to look back on, in addition to holding the donation ceremony for the vehicle donation, the university also invited dog’s owners whose dogs have made more than three donations to join the festivities. These dedicated donors were each presented with thank-you plaques in a show of gratitude for their contributions, helping to establish the practice of making animal blood donations and working towards a new era for veterinary medicine.
Executive Yuan Awards NPUST for Avian Flu Epidemic Prevention Work

Beginning in 2014, there have been several major outbreaks of pathogenic avian influenza (H5N2, H5N8, H5N3), and Taiwan, reminded of the of the SARS epidemic that took place a decade earlier, has been on high alert. So when an outbreak occurred in Hualien this February, the response was immediate.

To help keep these types of situations under control, the National Animal Industry Foundation’s Southern Poultry Health Center used its funds bring together a “first line of defense” made up four Taiwan universities who have expertise in animal disease prevention, namely NPUST, NTU, NCHU and NCYU. Led by NPUST’s Department of Veterinary Medicine (獸醫學系) Director Yi-Yang Lien and Assoc. Professor Yi-Lun Tsai, the avian influenza epidemic prevention team makes every effort to keep outbreaks under control.

Less than a week after the Hualien County H5N6 outbreak occurred, the disease showed up in Tainan and other areas on the western side of the island. Thoughts of the grim situations that occurred in Japan and Korea, and concerns that the disease might transmit to humans were more than people dared to entertain.

Multiple agencies worked together to control the epidemic, conducting detection, culling and disinfection activities and the disaster was brought to a minimum. On March 6th the final case was reported and the disease spread no further. This was accomplished as a result of the joint effort made by national and local agencies and the strong support from the poultry heath centers at NPUST, NTU, NCHU and NCYU.

 

Grateful for the contributions made, Executive Yuan Minister Lin Chuan issued a special award the university, which was accepted by Veterinary Medicine Director Yi-Yang Lien, bringing honor to the whole school. Director Lien also took the opportunity to emphasize the importance of disease prevention and the value of the hard work of the front-line disease control workers. The university is grateful for the work done by its Department of Veterinary Medicine as well as the workers at the Southern Poultry Health Center and all the professionals who made a contribution towards the mitigation of the avian flu outbreak. In the future, NPUST will continue to offer its utmost in the area of health and safety and be a service to Taiwan.

NPUST Establishes Cooperation with Bayer Taiwan

The NPUST Department of Plant Medicine (植物醫學系) and Bayer Taiwan have established a strategic alliance in hopes that by cooperating they will be able to come up with new environmentally friendly strategies to control pests & weeds and reduce or eliminate the problem of pesticide residues.
 

The NPUST Department of Plant Medicine is the only university department in Taiwan to specialize in treatments for plant diseases, pests and weeds. Now in its 40th year, the department has cultivated many experts in the area of plant protection technology. The courses it offers provide instruction on pests and diseases, weed control, diagnosis and integrated management practices. Over the years, the department has cooperated with many local companies and will now begin working together with Bayer, a 153 year old establishment which is currently the 3rd largest crop technology company worldwide.
 

As part of the agreement, Bayer will provide students with internship opportunities and also hire experts from the pesticide industry to assist with teaching so that students can get familiar with the ecology and operations strategies of the industry earlier on so that they will be set up for their future careers. The two parties will also conduct join R&D and exchange.
 

Plant Medicine Professor Y.Y. Yang said that currently the industry is developing in the direction of biopesticides and green pesticides, which are better for the environment. This way, they can avoid residuals or large loading doses, by following the principle of “where there is a pest, there is a natural enemy that can subdue it”. For instance, in Taiwan, the most popular is the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) or the “lychee bug terminating” Anastatus sp. Both of these can kill pests or diseases without having an effect on people.
 

The university also has professors who have been screening beneficial microbes in the environment for the development of biopesticides or developing techniques to induce plant resistance to pests and diseases. Bayer and NPUST hope that through the cooperation agreement they will be able to complement one another and jointly develop pest and disease control technology which will be able benefit society and the environment.

Great Giant Donates Optitex Fashion Design Software

The university’s Department of Fashion Design and Management (時尚設計與管理系) has cultivated the skills of many outstanding students who have gone on to enjoy success in the industry. Among these, Fang-yuan Mou, who graduated in 2015, had performed exceptionally well during her time at the university. Her work caught the attention of Professor Hsiu-Ju Hsu, who would recommend her to Great Giant Fibre & Garment Co., LTD. upon graduation. Mou has enjoyed charming success in the industry and was very grateful to her school for fostering her talent and giving her direction. This gratitude, manifested itself as Mou took the initiative to promote relations between her alma mater and her employer, hoping that NPUST students would be able to enjoy greater opportunity to interact with the industry.
 

Great Giant responded in kind, and decided to make a generous donation of 42 copies of the newest version of Optitex 3D fashion design software to the Department of Fashion Design and Management, hoping to bringing more outstanding talent like Mou on board in the future. Great Giant director of finances and strategic development, Mr. Jhe Yu Li presented the donation to NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai on behalf of the company. Great Giant chairman, Mr. Gong-jen Hsu, design and development department designer, Ms. Fang-yuan Mou, Optitex 3D Software Co. Pacific Asian regional director, Jan Chan, and technical director, Boby Wong, were also present for the occasion.
 

Mr. Jhe Yu Li explained that fashion design and creation processes have traditionally made use of flat sketches, material matching and selection, and conceptualizing and revision work done on manikins; only after that would the actual material be used to create the final work – the processes is quite cumbersome and time consuming. However, Optitex fashion design software combines 2D and 3D imaging allowing designers to render 3D images from 2D sketches. The designers can use the program to simulate the materials and save a lot of time as they are putting together a look. As students learn to use these new technological tools, they can gain a competitive advantage.
 

President Tai pointed out that the Department of Fashion Design and Management is not only dedicated towards the cultivation of creative ability, but also has courses designed to strengthen the students’ abilities to connect with local cultures and to manage business operations. The interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to transition into a variety of different divisions within a company after they graduate. NPUST is dedicated towards the promotion of diverse and integrated education, and is very grateful to Great Giant for the generous donation and for providing many internship opportunities to students, allowing them learn new techniques and set themselves up to be future professionals.
 

Optitex 3D Software Company’s Asia Pacific Director Jan Chan explained that Optitex 3D software is being used by many big brand name companies, including Adidas and Prada. In the future this software is going to be an indispensable tool – but tools also need skilled people to operate them. So by donating this software to the university, Great Giant is helping NPUST to cultivate people who have the skills that the industry needs, creating a “win-win” situation.
 

Great Giant was established in 1989 and cooperates with factories in Taiwan, Vietnam, China and Madagascar. As result of its consideration towards its employees the company has seen stable growth within the country and has enjoyed cross-domain cooperation with partners around the world, with over 1 billion NTD in business. At the ceremony, company chairman, Mr. Gong-jen Hsu, took the opportunity to present President Tai and Department of Fashion director Hsiu-Ju Hsu with a “thank you” plaque and congratulated the university for its excellent results. He hopes that more outstanding students will be able to intern at Great Giant and that there will be more opportunities for industry-academia cooperation in the future, leading to a new era of inter-disciplinary education.

NPUST International Volunteers Visit Zhangrongbaihe Elementary

The renowned international volunteer group of the NPUST International College (國際學院) is cooperating with the international education services section of Zhangrongbaihe Elementary School for the first time, and using presentations and cultural exchanges to broaden the “international understanding” of young students. International sharing presentations were scheduled for the first day of the program, with NPUST students from St. Christopher and Nevis, Haiti, Pakistan and Burkina Faso visiting the elementary school to introduce what life is like in their native countries. The group received a very enthusiastic response form the teachers and students alike. The next two Saturdays (May 20 and 27) were designated for the “international cultural exchange” activities which began at 10:00 am each morning.
 

For the international cultural exchange, international students from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Swaziland, Cambodia, Gambia, Panama, Burkina Faso and Papua New Guinea all came along to represent their countries. The international volunteers used short introductions, posters and games to create an international environment where students had a chance to freely interact using English. Through the engaging activities the volunteers were able to inspire an eagerness to learn English among students and improve their abilities to express themselves. The introductions of different cultures also gave the elementary students a new willingness to learn more about diverse countries.
 

Zhangrongbaihe Elementary School is an NPUST concept school, which hopes to develop multicultural education through inter-group and inter-tribe activities. In preparation, Principal Shih-Tsung Chen led the school’s education group on a discussion of the courses, and faculty member Eh-Lai Yong put them together. Hopes are that through these activities with international students, the school will be able to capture the spirit behind the tribes own cultural artwork, while exhibiting respect to other people and manifesting the style and self-confidence of the aboriginals.

2017 Annual Indonesian Festival

【2017 Annual Indonesian Festival】 Date: 11am-15:20 pm, March 14, 2017 Venue: International College Event introduction: The event will include Indonesian traditional cuisine/ game/ dance performance and fashion show of traditional clothes. Besides, the student unions as Vietnamese, Thai, and Taiwanese will also bring some great shows.

Rector of Thailand’s RMUTR Visits to Renew MOU

On December 9th, the Rector of Thailand’s RMUTR, Asst. Prof. Siwa Wasuntarapiwat was accompanied by five other delegates, including Vice-Rector Asst. Prof Chulalak Paiboonfoongfueng, Assistant to Rector Dr. Pallsan Rojanapanich, Dean of the College of Architectural Design Mr. Saowanit Thongmee and foreign language experts Miss Chen Nai Hsin and Miss Nattanuch Jienpradith on a visit to the university. The main purpose for the trip was to renew an MOU on cooperation. While at the university the visitors were accompanied by President Chang-Hsien Tai, Vice-President for Administration Professor Chao-Lin Tuan and International College Dean Jik-Chang Leong on a visit to the International College.

Gadjah Mada University Representatives Tour NPUST

The Chairman of the Agricultural Mechanical Engineering Masters’ Program at Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University, Prof. Dr. Sahid Susanto, was accompanied by Prof. Dr. Bambang Purwantana, Prof. Dr. Lilik Sutiarso, Dr. Adi Djoko Gurtino and Dr. Anggoro Cahyo Sukartiko on a visit to the university on December 7th. The guests met with International college Dean Jik-Chang Leong and International Master’s Degree Program in Agribusiness Management Director Wen-Chi Huang. They also had a tour of the departments of Tropical Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation, Department of Biological Science and Technology and Bio-industrial Mechatronics Engineering as well as the GMP Food Processing Plant.

Malaysia’s Sarawak United Peoples' Party Explores Development Opportunities

he Director of the Youth Section of Malaysia’s Sarawak United Peoples' Party led a delegation of 13 members on a December 5th visit to the university. While at the university, the guests looked at potential industries of development and ways to promote agriculture policy with the state of Sarawak. While on campus the guests met with Vice President for Academic Affairs Chung-Ruey Yen and visited the Tropical Orchard, Department of Plant Industry Sustainable Farm, Orchid Greenhouse, and Department of Aquaculture. A meeting was also held with Vice President for Education Affairs Pao-Chuan Hsieh at the Second Meeting Room in the Administration Building.

Vietnamese Investment Committee Signs MoU with NPUST

Deputy Director Mr. Truong Manh Hung of an investment assistance and promotion committee from Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam led a 20 member delegation on a visit to the university on December 1st. The purpose of the visit was centered on the signing of an MOU and the exploration of business development opportunities. Special arrangements were made to meet with Vice President for Education Affairs Pao-Chuan Hsieh, Professor Chaur-tzuhn Chen, Office of Research and Development Director Ying-Chieh Lee and other university representatives. While at the university, the guests also toured the Department of Plant Industry’s Sustainable Farm, Tropical Orchard, Department of Aquaculture, and Department of Forestry.