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Thai Students Trained in Agro-machinery under Southbound Policy
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. Recently, it opened a short term training class for students from Maejo University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai pointed out that “Taiwan’s agriculture equipment R&D, knowledge of cultivation and processing skills renowned. And in order to implement the Southbound Policy, NPUST has welcomed talent from Southeast Asian countries to come to the university to take part in training programs. The current program promotes exchanges between Taiwan and Thailand and is adding a new element to the friendly relationship shared by the two countries.” Prof. Pomin Li who is the dean of the NPUST Office of International Affairs and director of the Department of Biomechatronics explained that “the program emphasizes training in the use of power operated agriculture equipment and cooperates with marketing and processing professionals and local farmers. Students are given the chance to operate machinery for themselves in a three month concentrated training program. Afterwards they can return to their native countries with new skills and help improve techniques at home.” Chen Jian Hsing, who is both the head of Delisen Organic Co. Ltd and the class leader of the 30th Pingtung City Vegetable Production and Marketing Class worked together with Bimechatronics Assist. Professor Wei-Chen Chen to instruct the practical training activities. Students operated high horsepower tractors to carry out harvesting of Burdock and spent time at factories to learn about packaging and processing. They also learned about the importance of product tractability when it comes to issues related to food safety. Assist. Professor Wei-Chen Chen said that “the prerequisite to solving the problem of Taiwan’s aging agricultural labor force is to take advantage of the high acceptance of technology and smart applications among young people, and to channel that towards the development of smart agriculture machinery, thus raising work efficiency and output value. This is the orientation of education for future agriculture professionals”. This solid approach to learning is an important part of the development of agricultural professionals, and expectations are that the participating students will not only be able to contribute to the development of industries back at home, but will also become important professional players in international agriculture markets.
NPUST Department of Forestry Cooperates with Indonesia on Forest Management
For many years, the NPUST Department of Forestry has been committed to eco-friendly issues and has had an excellent track record in the conducting of forest resource surveys and sustainable development. More recently, the department has been cooperating with Gold Partners, which has just obtaining forest management rights from the local government in Indonesia. On April 12th, in Indonesia’s Maluku Province a public briefing was held to share on the “carbon exchange and forest management” project that the partners will be carrying out. The Indonesian government will allocate approximately 2 million hectares of forest towards to project, working with experts from Indonesia and Taiwan to manage the area. The experts representing Taiwan will include the NPUST Department of Forestry’s Assoc. Professor Chien-Chang Chen, Dr. Jian-Hsin Wang, Dr. Jun-Hong Wei and Dr. Hong-lin Luo. The team traveled to Indonesia to conduct comprehensive exploration and geological surveys, and in the future, they will assist local residents with development of “under-forest economies”. Enterprises and scholars from Taiwan and Indonesia will assist provincial and county governments in Indonesia to effectively manage and protect their precious forest resources and native species. Assoc. Professor Chien-Chang Chen stated explained that “through on-site surveys and assessments it was clear that the forest resources were very rich. However, this has attracted problems related to land-grabs and deforestation. The forest itself has great potential with respect to the development of under-forest economies. In the future, in addition to conducting overseas internships for Department of Forestry students, plans are to introduce the forest area into the international carbon trading market.” The under-forest economic activity will primarily focus on the cultivation of Brazilian mushrooms and agarwod. These two high-economic-value products will be used to improve the economic situations of the local residents and promote local development. Another very important objective that was set for the time spent in the area was to conduct a practical poverty alleviation programs and exercise higher education social responsibility by conducting exchanges with local tribes and children, 400 books were donated to local students and high quality corn varieties to local farmers.
NPUST Students Show their Passion at 93rd Anniversary Sports Day 93
On the last day of March, the final showdowns of the 93rd Anniversary Sports Day Competition at NPUST came to a head. The most heated of the events, hands down, was the tug-of-war – attracting huge crowds of excited spectators. Following this intense competition, the team from the Computer Center proved victorious within the Administrators Category, with the Office of General Affairs coming second. Among the Academics, it was the Department of Recreational Sports and Heath Promotion who took the gold, both in the men’s and women’s categories, with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Veterinary Medicine taking the runner up spots for the men’s and women’s categories, respectively. When it came to total medal count for all the events, the Dept. of Recreational sports, once again, lived up to everyone’s expectations and took home the highest number in both the men’s and women’s categories. For the final event before the closing ceremony, the organizers invited the university’s highest level administrators to the arena floor to take part in a 200 meter dash, giving the top brass at NPUST an opportunity to show everyone what they are made of, while also setting an example of what it means to “make physical activity an integral part of your lifestyle”. As the racers took off, Vice-President Shui-Jen Chen quickly began pulling ahead of the pack, with nine deans and directors striving hard not to give way as they sprinted for the finish line. The rare spectacle was a sight to see and brought the athletic events of the 93rd Anniversary Sports Day to a memorable close. For the closing ceremony, 16 teams in the Administrative Group and 46 teams from the Academics Group showed of their imaginative power through their “creative arena entrances”, demonstrating their genius as they paraded into the stadium according to their own uniquely choreographed styles, with teachers and students side-by-side, filling the onlookers faces with smiles. The top three awards for the most creative teams in the Administrative Group went to the university’ kindergarten, Computer Center, and Environmental Health and Safety Center, in respective order; and for the Academics Group, it was the Department of Animal Science, Department of Water and Soil Conservation and the Department of Aquaculture who took the top three spots. The events were held over a two day period, with the teams from the entire university passionately competing against one another. Whether it was cheers of victory or the unwillingness to accept defeat, it was the sweat and tears that wrote most touching chapters for the students of NPUST at this year’s fun and memorable Anniversary Celebration Sports Day competitions.