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100% of Solid Edge Students Get Certified
As part of the effort to keep in step with the automation and smart technology associated with “industry 4.0” and train students in production automation and computer assisted design, the director of the Department of Industrial Management, Yi-Jau Huang, made the decision to introduce Solid Edge 3D mechanical design software to the faculty and encouraged professors to take part in the Siemens Solid Edge teachers training course offered by Caidex Technology. This resulted in the first offering of a Solid Edge training course to students at NPUST in 2017. A total of 84 students enrolled in the course and after completing their training, 100% of them successfully earned Solid Edge international certification. Things were taken a step further when, on June 27, 2018, Caidex and the department jointly established the Solid Edge Authorized Training and Certification Center at the NPUST Industrial Management Simulation Factory. NPUST president, Chang-Hsien Tai, College of Management dean, Shu-Chu Liu, and Caidex Technology general manager, Daniel Yu, were present for the opening ceremony. President Chang-Hsien Tai made some remarks, stating that “the future will be a time of cross-domain integration. This current cooperative relationship not only allows students to be able to learn skills in backend management but also extends to mechanical operations and smart vehicle integration of the front end. These can be used for the development of technological agriculture and then passed on to the agriculturalists. Along with efforts made by faculty members in the College of Engineering and College of Management, we hope that students will take advantage of these learning resources and that the university will equip them with high levels professionalism and technical knowhow – this will be very beneficial for them when they seek employment in the future” Cadex’s Daniel Yu explained that “Cadex Technology has obtained Siemens professional certification and has been commissioned by them to acts as their general agent within Taiwan’s education market. Cadex has been working hard to help Taiwan’s universities and colleges with industry related upgrades so that students can access better technical training and get certified – and hopefully this will mean that they will be picked up for employment immediately after they graduate. Students who are certified also will have the opportunity to be recommended to Siemens, Cadex or to our clients for employment. In Germany, the largest agriculture equipment manufacturers are also using Solid Edge, and so, we are encouraging students at NPUST to learn the software well, get certified and create their own visions for their futures”.
The Class of 2018
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.This year, those ascending the stage to receive diplomas included 17 PhD students, 484 graduates and 1870 bachelors. These were joined by another 183 students from the extension education master’s program, 352 from the extension education bachelor’s program and six two-year certificate program students. In total, NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai represented the university in issuing 2912 diplomas of graduation, representative of programs in 43 departments or faculties and six colleges. President Tai offered words of encouragement to those present, stating that “when encountering difficulties in life, keep a calm attitude. Face your challenges or changes in environment; boldly face your frustrations or failures and you will become a person of perseverance!” Aaron Chen, the popular host of the “Plungon” television show was also invited to encourage the students with stories of his experiences growing up. Aaron, who eventually would go on to win the Golden Bell Award, explained that 13 years ago, when he made his debut, he was only earning 2500 NTD (80 USD) a month. Looking back he said “only by bravely venturing out can you know your own limitations. Don’t be afraid; face your fears. Behind those fears lies something beautiful.” Mr. Chang Kao-Lang made the ceremony a little more special as well. At 80 years of age, Mr. Chang was there that morning to collect his master’s degree. Back in 1979, Mr. Chang qualified himself for a position at the Ministry of Transportation, serving as a technical staff member, technician, section chief, and special committee members before retiring --- only to establish the Chang Kao Lang Architectural Firm. In 2016 he then enrolled for studies at NPUST successfully bringing them completion this year. The diploma he was issued was not enough, however. The university also decided it would be appropriate to granted him the “Diligence Award” as a testament to his dedicated learning and model behavior. At the end of the ceremony, the president of the Alumni Association represented the graduating students to share some sentiments on graduation and asked members of the NPUST Ping Feng Guitar Society to sing a farewell song to those departing the university for their next adventure. The guitarists were then joined by Professor I-Chun Chiang on the piano to play the school anthem while the graduating students tossed their caps high into the air, marking the close of the ceremony and the beginning of a new journey.
Social Work Students Learn, Serve, and Win
In order to hone their skills in designing and executing social work projects, each year fourth-year students in the NPUST Department of Social Work are required to do an internship at a social service or welfare agency. Breaking up into teams, the students use the theory they have learned in the classroom to develop projects and activities which can make the lives of the people they are serving better. This year, 15 groups from the department conducted half-year internship projects in a variety of social work and welfare agencies from November 2017 to May 2018. After the internships were completed, the teams were enrolled in the National Technical University Social Work Project Design Competition to put their work up against other teams from around the country. When the results came in, four of the NPUST teams found themselves among the medalists, including the team directed by director and professor of the Department of Social Work, Dr. Hua-Chin Ho, which took home a gold medal in the Family (and Women’s) Welfare category; the teams under the direction of Dr. Ke-Mei Chen and Dr. Jenny Tseng, which won silver medals in the Senior Welfare category and Community (and Multi-Ethnic) Welfare category, respectively; and the team directed by Dr. Chun-Tsai Hsu, which won 3rd place in the Child and Youth Welfare category. The seven members of the gold medalist team included Chang Hao-Ya Chang, Ci-Hui Yin, Chia-ling Chen, Chia-Mao Hung, Hsiao-Chiao Huang, Chian-Hui Chen, and Jing-Hua Yu In their oral presentation, the team explained that while serving at the Eden Foundation, they used “EDEN” as an acronym to develop their philosophy of “Enthusiastically” participate, “Depend” with assurance, “Empathize” with others and meet the “Needs” of the people being served. The project had three main areas of focus, the first being “traveling unimpeded”, which gave physically or mentally disabled people an opportunity to ride on public transportation and get familiar with features designed for disabled people. The second one was “Stress -- Let it go”, in which emotional soothing teams used body-mind-and-spirit integration activities to provide emotional support to family members and primary caregivers of disabled people. The third was “disabilities don’t disable love”, where the group travelled to three aboriginal tribes to share information and help people understand more about physical and mental disabilities and related policies. The team leader, Chang Hao-Ya, believed that the reason they were able to stand out from so many competitors and win the competition was probably the result of their main trajectories being on target – that is why the students who took part in the projects were able to meet the needs of individuals, families and society. During the internship activities, the students were expected to be able to overcome the challenges and difficulties that they encountered. Through the process, they were able to grow and gain valuable experiences that they will be able to cherish throughout their entire lives.