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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.

Saving Life and Bringing Joy: Animal Blood Donation Vehicle Opens New Roads
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.

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.