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NPUST Signs MOU for Strategic Alliance on Animal Health
2017-08-04

Over the long-term, NPUST has placed its focus on the development of animal immunization and animal health industry technologies, and the cultivation of professionals in the field. The university has worked in close cooperation with international animal vaccination and health industry research agencies, and has established strategic alliances with the Executive Yuan’s Pingtung Agriculture and Biotechnology Park (PABP), the Agricultural Technology Research Institute, and the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Office of Agricultural Biotechnology Analysis and Promotion with the aim of developing agriculture technology, raising the agriculture research capacity of Taiwan and cultvating professionals in the field.
 

On June 8th, 2017, during the “2017 Animal Vaccination and Animal Health Management Symposium” (動物疫苗與動物健康管理產業國際論壇) jointly hosted by the NPUST and PABP, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to strengthen cooperation and exchange.
 

NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai stressed the fact that “abuses of antibiotics is an major concern for Taiwan food safety, so NPUST is using technology to compensate, hoping that, together with the government and private industries, we will be able to advance in animal vaccination research and make a contribution to food safety in Taiwan.” With funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Department of Academia-Industry Collaboration, the College of Veterinary Medicine and seven private enterprises have cooperated to establish the Taiwan Animal Vaccine/Adjuvant Service Alliance (台灣動物疫苗佐劑產業聯盟技術服務中心), and, in order to help support NPUST to provide services to farmers and promote the development agriculture industries, a strategic alliance and membership contract was signed.
 

The symposium invited Chun-Hung Lin, the vice-president of the Agricultural Technology Research Institute, Jian-Hsin Chu, the head of renowned animal vaccination company, Boehringer Ingelheim Taiwan, and Korea’s Green Cross Veterinary Products Co. Ltd to discuss animal health industry aspirations, new types of animal vaccination technology, international markets and the development of vaccinations for influenza viruses in mammals. Furthermore, invitations were extended to scholars from Norway and Thailand to jointly discuss aquaculture animal vaccination developments and current challenges in aquaculture production. They also shared on the newest trends in animal vaccination and animal health industries. Hopes are that Taiwan’s local industries will benefit from the interaction and information the symposium provided.
 

University representatives pointed out that there is a close and inseparable relationship between the health of animals and the health of people living in the same environment. Thus, the concept of “One World One Health” has been adopted to help promote international objectives. Over the past few years, key international players in animal health related industries have started working on various types of integrations, developing a systematic approach to the industry. Today, regardless if it is animal vaccinations for economically important animals or health management of pets, it is recognized that there is much room for growth to be made with respect to industry output values. Taiwan has considerable reputation for its agricultural biotechnology, especially with respect to livestock and poultry farming and animal disease management-related industries. NPUST’s long-term investment in animal immunization and animal health management has made a considerable contribution in this area, and, with respect to international industry and academic cooperation, the university has performed exceptionally well. Now through the alliance, it will be able to focus the capabilities of industry, government and academia, to accelerate the development of Taiwan’s animal health industry and turn it into an industry of “green gold”.

Creating a Southbound Policy Fount of Learning Founded on Taiwan-Thailand Higher Education Cooperation
2017-06-20

  The Taiwan-Thailand Higher Education Forum is an important annual event jointly held by the two countries. Through the forum, both parties are able to add depth to their partnering relationship, help cultivate talent and exchange knowledge and technology. Coordinating with the Taiwan government’s New Southbound Policy, in the future, both parties will be encouraged to bolster academic exchange activity between universities and promote more industry-academia cooperative projects. The strategy is aimed at attracting more of Thailand’s elite students to come to Taiwan for studies while creating opportunities for students from Taiwan visit Thailand for research and education. This year’s forum was held on June 4th at the Kaohsiung 85 Sky Tower Hotel. The forum was hosted by NPUST with assistance from the Thailand Taiwan Education Center.

  Among forum participants representing Taiwan included the Ministry of Education’s Political Deputy Minister Leehter Yao along with other members of the Ministry of Education and 57 university presidents, vice-presidents and international affairs officers – totaling around 120 people present. Representatives of Thailand included the former Minister of Education, Dr. Wichit Srisa-an, and 45 university presidents and international affairs officers, for a total of nearly 130 Thai guests. The number of high-ranking personnel present at the affair demonstrated how important the forum is to both parties. Observing the spectacular occasion, the warm and frequent educational exchanges relationship shared by both countries was quite evident.

  The theme of the 2017 forum was “Taiwan-Thailand Cooperation for Improved International Mobility, Innovative Leadership and Links with Industry”. Deputy Minister Leehter Yao opened the forum with a speech, during which he stated that: “talent cultivation and academic exchange are the most effective means of promoting international cooperation; especially with Thailand currently actively promoting the “Thailand 4.0 Policy”which is aimed at cultivating talent in 10 fields of expertise. Here, Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy must offer optimal support, not only in promoting bilateral interaction, but also in academic resources sharing, language learning and other professional development strategies. All of these are important items of cooperation and for this purpose we are strengthening and adding depth to the solid friendship shared by both counties. In academic and industrial sectors, more frequent talent exchange can create better results. And so we hope for greater opportunity for exchange with Southbound Policy counties and nations throughout Oceania, so that Taiwan’s outstanding higher education can shine further in the international community.” The former Minister of Education, Dr. Wichit Srisa-an expressed that “through advancement in knowledge, talent cultivation, accumulation of experience and the promotion of close links between academics and industry, we hope that Taiwan and Thailand bilateral interaction can create many more opportunities for cooperation, train professional talent and help the next generation to become more competitive.” Immediately after the two speeches, Keynote speaker and Chairman of Charoen Pokphand Enterprise Co. Ltd., Mr. Willis Cheng, addressed the topic of “looking at universities’ encouragement of innovation, entrepreneurship and R&D from an industry perspective”. The second keynote address was offered by Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, the rector of Thailand’s King Mongkut's University of Technology. He spoke on the way in which “higher education can take on the challenge of industrial upgrading under Thailand 4.0”. Guests also took part in discussions, exploring the challenges of Thailand 4.0, the Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, and the policies and achievements related to cooperation in higher education.

  In the afternoon, arrangements were made for an official meeting and group discussions to address “how universities can cooperate with industry to encourage R&D and innovation”. Groups were separated by field for three separate discussions (Group 1: Smart Agriculture, Biomedical Technology, and Medical Care; Group 2: Smart Engineering and Technology; Group 3: Business, Tourism and Hospitality Management). Afterwards, representatives of Taiwan and Thailand conducted a summary report, addressing how universities can cooperate with industry to encourage R&D and innovation, conducting exchanges of opinions and further brainstorming.

  After group discussions, they immediately held the main event of the day –the Taiwan-Thailand University Student Internship and Exchange Alliance signing ceremony. Starting things off, King Mongkut's University of Technology Director of Chemical Engineering presented the briefing, after which King Mongkut's University of Technology, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, and Cheng Shiu University took part in the signing ceremony. That evening a banquet was held for the guests, with rich and diverse performances bringing the forum to a fabulous conclusion.

A Memorable Moment for the Class of 2017
2017-06-20       On June 17th NPUST held the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017 at the Shu Yun Hall. This year, there were a total of 2,728 students receiving diplomas, including 12 doctorates, 595 master’s and 2,121 bachelor’s. Honored guests in attendance included the Pingtung County governor, Pan Meng-An; NPUST Alumni Association Chair, Chen Chin-Ming; Rector Sanor Klinngam of Phetchaburi Rajabhat University; H.E. Ambassador Diane C.Haylock and H.E. Hubert Emmanuel of the Belize Embassy; H.E. Ambassador Limasene Teatu of the Tuvalu Embassy;  presidents and representatives of the Royal University of Science and Technology, Kasetsart University, Chiang Mai University, Songkhla Rajabhat University and Meizhou University, Thailand; Hasanuddin University, and Bandung University of Technology, Indonesia; and Hue University, Vietnam. Also present were the Air Force Officer Major General Peng Ming-yang; the principal of the Songshan High School of Agriculture and Industry, as well as other presidents, vice-presidents, principals and other high level representatives of nearby universities and schools.

      This year, an honorary doctorate degree was presented to outstanding alumnus and chairman of Hong-pu Real-Estate Development Co. Ltd., Mr. Jing-Hwa Tuan. Mr. Tuan, who is an alumnus of the Department of Forestry, has not only seen much success as an entrepreneur, but has also made many contributions to society, turning undeveloped properties into parks for public to enjoy, providing rural community schools with book purchasing funds, supporting disadvantaged students, and offering funds to animal care organizations for stray animal care. His enthusiastic dedication and concern for others, he serves as an excellent role model for students to look up to and emulate.

      NUST President Chang-Hsien Tai, reminding everyone that the commencement ceremony is not just a formality for graduating students, emphasized that should be a time of celebration. So breaking from the tradition of inviting various “sages” to offer formal speeches, the university invited in Lu Jie, the history teacher who is beloved by young students for his humor and interesting style. Using language and sharp points of view that the young people can identify with, Lu Jie gave some some staunch advice without pulling his punches – exhorting everyone to “remember your original goals, stay positive, and give it your best!” With exaggerated body language and lots of humor Lu jie set a joyous mood for the event, leaving teachers, parents and graduating students glued to their seats, and making the commencement ceremony one that will be hard to forget.

       President Chang-Hsien Tai presented diplomas to the graduates and performed the tassel ceremony. This was followed by awards presentations for excellence in GPA, excellence in conduct, exceptional research results and excellence athletic performances. The Sky Bear mascot, voted on by the teachers and students, also made its debut at the ceremony, with cute looks make that eagerly attracted lots of attention and picture taking.

       Bringing the ceremony to a close, the students the graduation band (五分糖) performed a song they composed entitled “Now We Say Goodbye”, singing about memories from school and the reluctance to leave. At last, the chairman of the Graduation Association led the students on the hat tossing ceremony to bring the commencement to a final close and officially marking the beginning of the next journey.

NPUST Establishes Cooperation with Bayer Taiwan
2017-06-09

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
2017-06-09

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
2017-06-02

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.

NPUST International Volunteers Visit Zhangrongbaihe Elementary
2017-05-31

The renowned international volunteer group of the NPUST International College (國際學院) is cooperating with the international education services section of Zhangrongbaihe Elementary School for the first time, and using presentations and cultural exchanges to broaden the “international understanding” of young students. International sharing presentations were scheduled for the first day of the program, with NPUST students from St. Christopher and Nevis, Haiti, Pakistan and Burkina Faso visiting the elementary school to introduce what life is like in their native countries. The group received a very enthusiastic response form the teachers and students alike. The next two Saturdays (May 20 and 27) were designated for the “international cultural exchange” activities which began at 10:00 am each morning.
 

For the international cultural exchange, international students from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Swaziland, Cambodia, Gambia, Panama, Burkina Faso and Papua New Guinea all came along to represent their countries. The international volunteers used short introductions, posters and games to create an international environment where students had a chance to freely interact using English. Through the engaging activities the volunteers were able to inspire an eagerness to learn English among students and improve their abilities to express themselves. The introductions of different cultures also gave the elementary students a new willingness to learn more about diverse countries.
 

Zhangrongbaihe Elementary School is an NPUST concept school, which hopes to develop multicultural education through inter-group and inter-tribe activities. In preparation, Principal Shih-Tsung Chen led the school’s education group on a discussion of the courses, and faculty member Eh-Lai Yong put them together. Hopes are that through these activities with international students, the school will be able to capture the spirit behind the tribes own cultural artwork, while exhibiting respect to other people and manifesting the style and self-confidence of the aboriginals.

NPUST Hosts 2017 Campus Career Expo
2017-05-26

On May 18th, the “2017 Campus Career Expo” was held at the NPUST Library and Conference Hall. The activity was sponsored by the Kaohsiung and Pingtung branch of the Ministry of Labor Skill Evaluation Center of Workforce Development. The aim was to help graduating students to get connected with employment opportunities in advance so that they will be able to seamlessly and smoothly transition to their careers.
 

The Campus Career Expo is the largest of its type for universities and colleges in Pingtung. And in addition to the students from NPUST who took part in the event, students from schools across the entire county as well as alumni and professionals looking to change career direction were welcomed to take part.
 

NPUST, which is renowned for its research in tropical agriculture, has set its focus on developing key smart agriculture technologies and strengthening the link between industry and academia. Thus, this year, the companies and university departments taking part in the expo had the idea of “synergy” in mind. The type of industries represented included, manufacturing, food products, livestock, agriculture, veterinary medicines, high-technology, tourism, restaurants and hotels. There were 124 businesses and public agencies in attendance (10 governmental organizations and 114 businesses), including Dachan Great Wall Enterprise, Charoen Pokphand Enterprise, Catcher Technology, Fwusow Industry, Travel4U, Gloria Manor, Club Med Taiwan, H Resort, Fullon Resort, Ganso, Flying Cow Ranch, Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, McDonalds Taiwan, Decathlon Taiwan, Honda Taiwan, East McNair Technology, Loving Kindness Animal Hospital, Tan Zuo Ma Li to name a few. With close to 3000 job opportunities to be filled (including national military), it was an ideal opportunity for students getting ready to graduate and those looking for employment to browse the market.
 

In order to allow students to further prepare for the challenge of finding employment, the university invited faculty and students from the Department of Fashion Design and Management (尚設計與管理系) put on a show to model clothing and teach make up techniques which will help students look and feel professional when they walk into an interviews.
 

The Campus Career Expo also included for the first time a special veterinary medicine job recruitment section which was set up at the College of Veterinary Medicine (獸醫學院). The idea was not only to give graduating veterinary medicine students a chance to connect with potential employers, but also let students observe the industry environment so they can start preparing early on.
Prior to the event the university held manufacturer briefings, lectures, and student career counseling sessions, to help students to get an understanding of which directions may be most suitable for them to head in, also helping them with career planning, resume writing, job interviews, workplace etiquette, workplace ethics, dress attire and other aspects of employment preparation that will help them gain get them in-tune industry trends and expectations so they will have a competitive advantage.

C3P Software and Allspark Donate Advanced Software to NPUST
2017-05-24

The NPUST Department of Vehicle Engineering (車輛工程系), in its current approach to development, is putting emphasis on three areas of research, including eco-friendly drive systems, vehicle electronics, and vehicle structures & materials. Through diverse classes and practical learning courses the students are equipped with skills in design analysis and testing. The department also works aggressively to win industry-academia research projects so that students will have more opportunities to take part in real-world industry research activities. To assist with these efforts and help students get what they need to seamlessly transition from the academic world to their future careers, on May 15th 2017, C3P Software and Allspark jointly donated 30 copies of the C3P Cast-Designer LT casting runner design and simulation analysis software, worth around 10 million NTD.
 

Familiar with CAD and CAE markets in Taiwan, Uprise Technology vice-president Richard Hsu, pointed out that “it is difficult for professional manufacturers to get the talent they need – how to get set students up for their careers, and train outstanding professionals for the industrial sector – this is the most important task at the moment. Runner design is the key to success for casting products and the Cast-Designer LT software provides design guidance and data based on industry experience. Before opening a mold, the software can be used to conducted evaluations on the manufacturability of the product. It provides designers with the accurate and effective reference data they need.”
 

C3P Software is a professional software design company that works on applied engineering simulation and analysis, including analysis and design software for casting and sheet metal stamping. Currently, they have already established research agencies in USA, Japan, India and China, and provide professional software technology and services to more than 600 clients in 24 countries.
 

Allspark is a company with years of experience in robot automation system integration, manufacturing design, post-processing, and product life-cycle management (CAD, CAE and PLM). Since 2010 they have been assisting with the transformation of casting industries: whether it is die casting, dewaxing precision casting, gravity casting, DISA, sand casting or automation planning, from full system integration to CAE mold flow software application consultation, Allspark has had an excellent performance and has won the approval and support of many clients throughout Taiwan and China.
 

The application of Cast-Designer LT casting runner design and simulation analysis software will become a key feature in the incubation of future professionals studying at the NPUST Department of Vehicle Engineering. It will also be a valuable asset to them as they seek employment opportunities or develop businesses. Using the Cast-Designer LT software the students will learn about the “basic essentials of casting runner design” and “the main role and influence of runners in casting process”, among other things. Not only will they have the chance to master this tool for advanced design and analysis, but through the actual design and simulated operations, they will have a better chance to hone the skills necessary for the development of components and design of molds.

NPUST Presents at Green Gold Bamboo Summit, India
2017-05-19

India is the world’s second largest producer of bamboo and on April 28th and 29th India’s Assam Administrative Staff College hosted the “Green Gold Bamboo Summit” with over 200 participants in attendance. NPUST Assistant Professor Way Long of the Department of Wood Science and Design (木材科學與設計系) was invited to represent his university at the event, where he offered a presentation that highlighted the development of processing techniques and applications for bamboo in Taiwan. He discussed the use of bamboo in fine furniture manufacturing, water filtration equipment, textiles, and production of antibacterial vinegar and biomass alcohol.
 

After the forum, Prof. Way Long traveled to New Delhi to discuss the next stage of cooperation between Taiwan and India on bamboo industry research with related institutions, including the North East Centre for Technology Application and Reach (NECTAR) and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Parties discussed the establishment of a Taiwan-India Bamboo Industry Platform as well as the details related to a joint bamboo industry cooperation forum to be held at NPUST this July. The aim is to allow researchers and industry practitioners from both countries to exchange information with one another and to promote future bilateral cooperation.