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“NPUST Feature Exhibition Center” Offers Chance to Witness University’s “Paradigmatic” Research Results
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. And so, in order to properly display the results of some of NPUST’s diverse research teams, special plans were drawn up to build the “NPUST Feature Exhibition Center” and the “Faculty and Student Featured Works Gallery” on the west side of the NPUST campus.

On November 22, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place during which NPUST’s President, Chang-Hsien Tai, made some remarks. President Tai pointed out that “in addition to agricultural technology focuses, the research of faculty and students at NPUST covers cultural innovations which follow a practical approach and can be directly applied in the business sector. The results that have come about from the hard work of faculty and students are the most precious asset of the university; and now, the exhibition center and gallery will offer a new platform for students and faculty members to exhibit their works and increase the visibility of their research results. At the same time, it gives members of all sectors of the community a chance to get a better understanding of the innovative developments in technology and the educational achievements of students at the school, while strengthening the link between academics and industry and providing a standard for the Asian region and even the world.”

The Feature Exhibition Center has a floor space of over 720m2 (7,828ft2), and in addition to introducing the transformation that the university has undergone over the years, it highlights research which has been conducted in line with the university’s main axis points of development; namely, agricultural technology, eco-industry, blue economy and platinum societies. Currently on display, visitors can see such items as the remote control UAV crop duster, electric car, permeable pavement, green energy greenhouse hydroponic system, fermentation technology food products, and works by the Department of Wood Science and Design and Department of Fashion. The center also intends to collect research results from each of the university’s colleges and create an information center which will provide local and foreign visitors, alumni and parents with an in-depth understanding of the university’s orientation, and bridge the gap between the school and the general public. It will also serve as a facility for educational activities, training and community service promotion.

The first collections on display at the Faculty and Student Featured Works Gallery include works by the Department of Fashion Design and Management and the Department of Wood Science and Design. The fashion exhibits explore abstract artistic concepts that are integrated with fundamental aesthetic principles, combining different materials, lines and colors into a creative thematic collection. The 20 plus woodworking creations on display were the result of a special woodworking class that was set up according to a theme of “LOHAS creations and value adding design”. The students used extra-curricular time to diligently hone their carpentry skills and creative technique while producing works that emphasize synthesis, sustainability and the essence of cultural cultivation.

The exhibition center offers a clear picture of the exceptional development that has taken place at NPUST since the school was first established 93 years ago, and will continue to update its displays as the university makes new progress in its research and sees new breakthroughs in its technological development.
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. 
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.