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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.

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.

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.