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NPUST Makes Boarding Call: “Explore the World, Explore Yourself”
2018-11-12 National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) has pulled out all the stops in its internationalization efforts over the years and has seen continuous growth in its overseas enrollment as a result. This year, 750 students coming form 46 countries around the world are on the roster at the university and excited to be part of the international NPUST family. On November 12th, NPUST hosted an international fair at the university library to get more students thinking about embarking on overseas learning adventures. The activities were organized to provide local students with information on a variety of channels the university has developed over the years to help students go abroad, explore the big world out there, and learn new things. The fair was decorated to give the participants the sense that they were walking through an airport to catch a plane. Students had to make their way to the “NPUST Airlines” counter to check-in, collect their boarding passes and proceed to passport control to receive a stamp. Once the passengers arrived at the gate, the captain, played by Professor Shang-min Ma, made a special announcement to encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to go abroad for learning. “Captain” Ma, explained that “the international education fair was organized by the NPUST Office of Academic Affairs, Office of International Affairs, and Center for Interdisciplinary Development to introduce students to a variety of channels for overseas learning opportunities so they can improve their competitiveness, broaden their international outlook, and equip themselves for future employment.” The university also invited the Fulbright Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, British Council, and Richmond International Travel to set up information counters at the fair to provide students with additional information which could help them to plan out their studies abroad. Food and culture booths were also set up by NPUST students from Malaysia, Macau, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Eswatini, Mongolia and Japan. So without even boarding a plane, the participants had a chance to meet new friends from around the world and experience foods from ten different countries. It was a great opportunity for them to broaden their worldviews and learn new things about the international students currently enrolled at the university – and also a great opportunity for them to start thinking about where their academic careers might take them in the future. Currently, NPUST has sister-school relationships with 252 schools in 43 counties and 5 continents. Under principles of reciprocity, students have the opportunity to take part in short-term exchanges at these schools and apply the credits they earn while away to their degrees at home.
Club Med Overseas Internships Have Brilliant Results
2018-11-05 In 2013, the NPUST Department of Recreational Sport & Health Promotion entered into a cooperative relationship with the world renowned resort organization, Club Med, to training students in resort management and open up opportunities for overseas internships. The relationship is the first of its kind in Taiwan, and over the past five years, many students have already travelled to Club Med Resorts around the world to take part in internship training. Through a comprehensive training program, students learn about workplace expectations and demands early on. They are also encouraged to acquire relevant certifications and apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to the real world during internships with Club Med and in their careers. For the students who successfully land overseas internships, they will also have a very eye-catching item to add to their resumes. On November 2nd, 2018 at university stadium, the NPUST vice-president for administrative affairs, Dr. Chao-lin Tuan, and the Club Med vice-president for the greater China area, Ms. Yvonne Zhu, jointly hosted an opening ceremony for this year’s session of the “Human Resources Training Program”. Dr. Tuan made some remarks stating that “our university’s diverse approach to education teaches students technical knowledge in such fields as agriculture, forestry, fishing, and animal sciences, but it also integrates the domains of health and leisure. For instance, currently, the university is promoting Green tourism and healthy vacations – which are current trends of development. And so, we encourage students at the university to take part in interdisciplinary studies. Integrating Club Med’s expertise in business administration with the knowledge students learn at the university will open them up to more opportunities in the future.” Ms. Zhu stated that “Club Med offers more than work experience. It is also providing a path for personal growth. Seventy students from NPUST are already working for Club Med and we hope that through this program, we will be able to cultivate even more talent”. Recreational Sport & Health Promotion Assoc. Prof. Ming-Hung Chen is responsible for the program’s planning. He explained, “originating from France, Club Med is the leading brand in premium, all-inclusive holidays. With its 80 top-end resorts, it is currently the largest resort group in the world. The main people working to organize all of the activities at the Club Med resorts are called Gentle Organizers (G.Os). To become a G.O, in addition to having a good attitude and special qualities, you need to have foreign language skills. This November, recruitment of second- and third-year students at the university began and evaluations focused on foreign language ability, professional certificates and aptitude. In the preliminary selection, 20 to 30 students are chosen to undergo training. The training period lasts for 3 months, with classes on the historic development of Club Med, work content and culture, occupational demand and certifications. After the training is completed, the students will be given priority to take part in overseas Club Med internships for half a year. “The results from last year’s training class were brilliant. 25 students were recruited, from the departments of Recreational Sport & Health Promotion, Applied Linguistics, Tropical Agriculture, Child Care, and International Finance. Following a rigorous selection processes and matchmaking, 12 of the students were selected to go to Club Med resorts in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Mauritius, and France for internships. The job performances of the students were all regarded highly by the management at the resorts, demonstrating the quality of the talent selection processes and training. Students who take part in the program are given an opportunity to understand overseas work content early on so that they can prepare themselves to cooperate with businesses in the future.” This year, the target is to select 15 students to go to Club Med resorts for internships. This cooperative relationship between NPUST and Club Med opens up new resources for both parties and will also hopefully attract more talent and create more opportunity to cultivate people with international frames of reference. It also allows students to prepare themselves in advance to enter the job market and move closer to the goal of finding employment immediately upon graduation.
NPUST Hosts Vacation School
2018-10-30 Students from Thailand were on “vacation” for two weeks at Taiwan’s National Pingtung University of Science and Technology as part of a new program which has been created to give students from Thailand a chance to learn new language skills and experience different cultures. Running from October 28th to November 11th, the “Thailand Vacation School Culture Camp for Language Learning” was developed by the NPUST Office of International Affairs and the Chinese Language Center in response to the Ministry of Education’s New Southbound Vacation School Project. An opening ceremony for activity was held on October 29th at the Second Meeting room at the university’s Administrative Building with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Chung-Ruey Yen, the Director of the Language Center, Dr. Han-sheng Wang, and Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Dr. Pomin Li, present to welcome the students. Nineteen Thai students coming from Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Maejo University, Thammasat University, and Mahasarakham University participated in the vacation school program. The program involved a set of activities that were designed to help students diversify their approach to academics and expand their fields of view by cultivating “cross-domain thinking”. For 14 days, the students had a chance to improve their Chinese language skills, experience new cultures and get acquainted with the NPUST approach to higher education. Field trips were organized to a variety of attractions where students could observe historic and culturally significant architecture and also enjoy some of Taiwan’s natural mountain and seaside beauty. The activities followed the approach of “learning while doing and doing while learning”, integrating language studies with cultural experiences and incorporating some of the local style and features of NPUST. The students were introduced to Hakka and aboriginal culture, tried out local cuisine, and got familiar friendly life philosophy of southern Taiwan. NPUST’s development has been centered on tropical agriculture, biotechnology and Green engineering and the agriculture program offered by the school has already earned a world-wide reputation. NPUST Vice-President Chung-Ruey Yen said that the number of of foreign students applying to NPUST has been continuously growing. From the year of its establishment in 1924 to the present, NPUST has had more than 1800 foreign students coming from 50 countries enroll in its programs. The number of foreign students registered at the university in 2017 constituted more than a third of that total, with 750 students representing 40 countries on the books. Under the New Southbound Policy (NSP), the largest representation of foreign students is coming from Malaysia, followed by Thailand. NPUST also has a significant number outstanding Thai alumni who have gone on to see considerable success in academic, business and governmental sectors in Thailand. This academic year (2018), 498 international students coming from 14 NSP countries are enrolled in formal studies or taking part in short term exchanges at NPUST. Hopes are that the vacation school, which has attracted 19 students from four of NPUST’s sister-schools in Thailand, will not only allow students expand their fields of view and get more acquainted with Taiwan, but will also inspire them to return to NPUST in the future to continue their education at the university.
NPUST Alumnus Serving on Nauru Parliament Wins MOE Award
2018-10-26 Nauru Member of Parliament, Asterio Appi, has been awarded the MOE Study in Taiwan “Global Outstanding International Alumni of Taiwan Award”. MP Appi is an alumnus of the NPUST Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation. After graduating from NPUST in 2011, he returned to his native Nauru and began working for his country in a variety of government positions. In 2016, Appi was elected to serve on the country’s parliament where he currently serves as deputy speaker. On October 25th, Appi was invited back to his Alma Mater to give a talk at the International College and share on his valuable experiences. MP Appi reflected on his time as a student at the university and emphasized the importance of establishing goals and having the courage to pursue them. “That is the only way”, he says, “to open up the future to endless possibility”. When Appi first arrived at NPUST, he explained that “language differences presented the main obstacle, as it was difficult to communicate with classmates – however, staff at the university were very friendly and always willing to help find solutions to the problems that international students often encounter. I believe it is really important to keep good relationships with my teachers and my international classmates from Taiwan”. Appi also shared on his career development in the government sector, explaining that after obtaining his master’s degree he set up a five-year plan to pursue a political career. From his observations, “the government in Nauru needed new blood”. His passion and potential caught the attention of members of the community and opened the door for his political development. Appi encouraged students and explained to them that “when learning, the most important thing is to be persistent. When encountering problems, you need to find a path to resolution to ensure the possibility of success. By fostering independent thinking and problem solving capabilities, people will be equipped to plan their careers according to their interests”. Dr. Ta-chih Cheng, the director of the Department of International Cooperation and International Cooperation, said that “in class, Asterio was always eager to ask questions and he enjoyed interacting with his teachers. This left a deep impression on me. Since the courses at the department are interdisciplinary in nature, covering agriculture, forestry, fisheries, agriculture machinery, animal science, food science and business administration, Appi was provided with comprehensive training. When he returned to his country he had the versatility to develop himself successfully in the work place. He has held a number of high level positions in his country and his accomplishments make him a role model for the international students currently enrolled at the university. They should be encouraged to take advantage of the resources and education provided during their studies at the department and enrich themselves through learning so that when they return home they will be able to make contributions to their countries”. The “Global Outstanding International Alumni of Taiwan Award” is presented to Taiwan’s international alumni whose successes have helped bring attention to Taiwan on the world stage and who have promoted close relationships with the country, maintaining positive interaction and encouraging international students to learn from their examples. Any international student who has studied in Taiwan and gone on to see outstanding success in academics, business, government or humanities is eligible for recommendation. MP Appi, who has been considerably successful in his country’s political sphere, received the award which was presented in Taipei on October 26th. The NPUST International College has been recruiting students since 1998. To date there have already been 400 students who have received diplomas from the college and returned home to make contributions to their native countries. Some examples include a Solomon Islands member of parliament, government officials in many countries, a representative of the FAO, experts at the World Food Program, professors, and entrepreneurs – each of whom are spreading the international reputation of NPUST.
Cooperating with Toastmasters to Prepare Students for the International Stage
2018-10-23 National Pingtung University of Science and Technology is continuously looking for new ways to promote the internationalization of its learning environment and help students broaden their horizons. Over the years, the university has fostered cooperative relationships with top universities from around the world, actively taken part in and hosted international academic conferences, and conducted countless successful industry-academia projects. In one of its more recent joint enterprises, the university has begun cooperating with Toastmasters International to provide public speaking training to international finance students. The director of the International Bachelor Degree Program in Finance, Professor Rern-Jay Hung, explained that the finance program began recruiting students in 2015 and is the only English instructed business management bachelors program in the Pingtung area. Its approach to development focuses on “international learning environments”, “stronger English language capabilities” and “overseas employment objectives”. Cooperation with Toastmasters International is part of the program’s innovative and practical approach. The initial framework involves incorporating the Toastmasters International Training into the curriculum so that, in addition to their formal professional education, students will be able to take part in the Toastmaster’s training program to improve their spoken English and presentation skills and get familiarized with the culture and operations of international associations. The first time Toastmasters cooperated with NPUST was in October of 2016, when an eight-week program was held at the university. At that time, six instructors from Toastmasters taught students how be more effective at speaking in English before an audience. And at the end of the training, the results spoke for themselves. The success of the first cooperation inspired the International Bachelor Degree Program in Finance to integrate the training program into its curriculum. During the semester, the Pingtung branch of Toastmasters will conduct a “Table Topics Training” workshop and hold contests to give students a chance to accumulate real experience and improve their abilities in expressing themselves in the English language. Toastmasters is a non-profit organization dedicated to training people in the art of public speaking and leadership. In 135 countries world-wide, the organization has a staggering 15,400 branches – 181 of which are located in Taiwan. Grace Shih, former president of the Toastmasters Taiwan explained that the Taiwan chapter of Toastmasters International saw the most rapid growth out of any other place in the world. Its model of training includes training on “telling jokes”, “live Q&A”, “speech writing”, “individual commentary”, “hosting”, and “general commentary”. Additionally, the group provides leadership training with focus given to “effective meetings”, “collaborative leadership”, and “conflict resolution”. Professor Hung further added that the Bachelors Program in International Finance is following an international path to development. Currently there are British, Gambian and Vietnamese students enrolled in the program and exchange students from Thailand and China. The learning environment is becoming increasingly internationalized. With respect to “overseas employment objectives”, a considerable proportion of the students have already taken part in internships or job shadowing overseas, including at the Ho Chi Minh branch of China Trust, Guolian Futures in Wuxi, China and at the Rajamangala University of Technology in Thailand. One student is also in Beijing taking part in a semester-long internship program at the University of Science and Technology Beijing. Now, in cooperation with Toastmasters International, a new element has been added to the department’s internationalization efforts, and both parties expect to see substantial progress towards common talent cultivation objectives.
Gold for Hotel and Restaurant Management Student, Jhai Yu-Fan
2018-10-19 Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management student, Jhai Yu-Fan, has taken the cake one again. At the 2018 Battle of the Chefs, which was held in Malaysia this October, Zhai’s demonstrated his talent and skill in the Cake Decoration category and Sugar Work category, winning the gold medal in both competitions. This March, Zhai’s show-cased his skills at the San Diego Cake Competition in California with a cake designed as a model the historical Chinese imperial warlord, Lü Bu, and he came home with the “Professional Grand Prize”. Reflecting on his time in Malaysia, Jhai explained that “the Cake Decoration competition is two hours, so you need to be extremely focused. Of course, I learned some things in this competition. When the judges made their critiques, they pointed out a number of imperfections and shortcomings – these are the things that you really need to pay extra attention to at a competition”. The Sugar Work competition had a “fox ferry” theme. Jhai’s work included a nine-tailed fox together with a fox fairy standing next to an Inari shrine on a tiny world extruding from a gossip array. Jhai found this competition to be quite difficult. Limitations imposed by flying were one thing; but, once arriving “the humidity and heavy rains made it a challenge to keep the cake in shape.” In the future, Jhai will travel to Germany with his mentor to take part in the 2020 IKA Culinary Olympics with the goal of improving his professional skills and continuing his pathway towards a professional career in baking.
Think Composite Supports NPUST Ironman Athletes Aiming for 2020
2018-10-11 Three students from NPUST represented their country in different triathlon events at the Asian Games held this year in Jakarta, Indonesia. The three students, Jia-chi Guo, Chi-wen Zhang and Wei-zhi Lin, each started their triathlete pursuits upon entering university and each of them have already placed within the top 10 at international competitions. At this year’s Asian Games, Jia-chi Guo made new headway in her athletic career, placing 5th in the mixed relay and 8th in the women’s individual group. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology has become an important location for triathlon training in Southern Taiwan, and is now the base for the national team coach, Chris Tien. Over the years, the university has helped organize numerous triathlons and volunteer training programs – and its vast campus grounds with diverse terrain makes it an excellent spot for triathletes to practice their skills. NPUST is always looking for new ways to support its students in all avenues of development. The approach the university takes often involves developing academic-industry partnerships that are designed to expand opportunity and create new value for all the parties involved. With new attention being brought to the talent and potential of the university’s triathletics, a new partnership has been created between the NPUST and a local bicycle components manufacturer, Think Change Composite. Think Change Composite is a business local to Pingtung, which began as a tooling company for bicycle accessories. With a wealth of experience behind them, last year Think Change launched the new brand “KAVULUNGAN” for its carbon fiber wheels and other related products. As part of the new partnership with NPUST, the company donated some of these name-brand products to the university’s triathlon team to use for training and competition and help them work towards future Olympic pursuits. Under the partnership NPUST will be providing Think Change with data analysis which will help them with future development. The National Coach Chris Tien explained that “since the triathlon incorporates swimming, cycling and running, muscle training needs to be comprehensive. The Asian Games’ triatheletes from NPUST started out as competitive swimmers, and only started their triathlon training after they came to the university. On top of that, they are just regular students so they don’t have the same type of resources a so they don’t have the kind of resources that are available at the National Sports University.” That is why, having additional support from companies like Think Change, can help put these athletes in a better position, especially as they set their sights on the next Olympic games, which will be hosted in Tokyo in 2020.
WILD LIFE x White Bear Project – Joint Photo Exhibition
2018-10-04 United by a common interested, Jimmy Beunardeau and Sheng-Wen Lo, two photographers following two separate paths, recently put on a joint exhibition in Pingtung to display their works and motivations. On September 27th, 2018 a press conference was held at the Pingtung Art Museum for the exhibit which will run from September 29th to October 16th. While the exhibit is running, professional scholars from the NPUST Rescue Center have also been invited to provide lectures on wild animal protection and share related information with distinguished guests and members of the public. Speaking on one of the focal points of the photos, NPUST Vice President Shui-Jen Chen shared that “the NPUST Rescue Center has been operating for 26 years and has provided shelter for nearly 30 thousand protected animals. Through the eyes of the photographer, we can get a deeper sense of the fear and unease that wild animals feel in captivity. We hope that through the photo exhibition, we will be able to spread ideas about wildlife protection and allow the public to gain a greater respect for life and appreciation for nature.” NPUST professor and director of the Rescue Center, Jai-Chyi Pei, said that “more than half of the wild animals which come into the shelter are animals which were captured illegally, smuggled or held in captivity and then abandoned. The experience that the animals are subject to makes it difficult for them to return to the wild. People are interested for a while and raise and take care of them for a couple years; they are then abandoned and may then need to be taken care of in a shelter for several decades. Apart from harm caused to the individual animals, there is also the broader damage that is done to the species and the ecosystems. We hope the photo exhibit can help spread news on the problem of illegal animal trade. We also hope that we can attract the attention of society and promote introspection and improvement.” Entitled “WILD-LIFE x White Bear Project”, the exhibit is a silent conversation between two portfolios. It is also a silent conversation between the viewers and the animals in the photographs – the viewers and their inner voices. WILD-LIFE was captured on film by French Photographer Jimmy Beunardeau during his time travelling in Taiwan. As an animal lover, Beunardeau personally reached out to NPUST’s Professor Mei-Hsiu Hwang, who is an expert on Taiwan black bear protection, and expressed his desire to use his photography skills to give a voice to the wild animals. Beunardeau visited the animals at the Rescue Center at NPUST to capture the the animals on film in a series of photos that touch the heart. The White Bear Project is the product of Sheng-Wen Lo, a photographer and master’s of art student, currently studying in Holland. Since 2014, he has visited 26 zoos keeping famous polar bears in Europe and China to take photos for his collection. In 2018, his work won him 3rd place for Digital Narrative at the World Press Photo (WPP) competition – making him the first Taiwanese photographer to win the award.
Public Sponsored Agriculture Program Broadens Opportunity for Young Farmers
2018-09-12 As a university which was established on agriculture, NPUST has been very fertile soil when it comes to the cultivation of agriculture technology professionals. And now, a new program oriented towards those who are farmers by trade, looks to put new tools in the hands of its students. In September of 2017, the university established the state sponsored professional “Technological Agriculture Bachelor’s Program”, which focuses on the recruitment of generational agriculturalists and uses occupational farming as the foundation for teaching. The courses emphasize the practical capabilities, starting from the basics, with the goal of equipping students with skills which they will be able to use to find solutions to difficult problems. This semester marks the beginning of the second session of the program and the number of students who have registered has increased dramatically since the initial offering. To get the new students into the groove, on September 5th 2018, Dr. Chun-Nan Lin, who is both an assistant professor at the Department of Agribusiness Management and Chief of the Education Division at the Office of Continuing Education and Extension, led them on a field trip to the Jiadong Township Aquaculture Production and Marketing Class and Tama Shokunin Green House for an experiential activity. The students got deeply involved in the activity and had a great time. The NPUST’s publicly sponsored Technological Agriculture Bachelor’s Program not only gives students an understanding of the industry, but also emphasizes the promotion and practice of production, operations and marketing so that students can apply the theoretic concepts they learn to the real world and take methods of integration, logic and comprehensive thinking with them as they approach their future businesses enterprises. The goal is also to helps them to understand that agriculture is an industry worth investing in. The new program’s director, Dr. Ke-Chung Peng, who is also director of the of the Department of Agribusiness Management and the Office of Continuing Education and Extension, expressed that the that the Technological Agriculture program is working with many interdisciplinary (livestock, aquaculture, plant industry, biotech, etc.) professionals from industry and academia in Taiwan to give students an opportunity to learn and get a real understanding of the work needs to be done to get from zero to 1. Division Chief Chun-Nan Lin encouraged the students by saying that “the main point is knowing how to survive in the industry. As long as your target is wide enough and deep enough, developing opportunity in agriculture, forestry, aquaculture or livestock rearing is not a problem. The wider your scope of learning the wider your road will be for opportunity. If you’re a second generation farmer who finds interest in aquaculture, there is nothing wrong with having two types of professional skills. That’s why the program requires students to get some experience in each of the possible areas of development.” Arranging for students to take part in cross-domain learning is done with the hope that they will become open minded towards exploring other fields. Students need to explore a variety of opportunities throughout the semester, though course work, activities and internships to expand their fields of vision. A student from the second offering of the program, Tong-Xun Li, said that he “already has been working in agriculture for more than three years. Finances and resources are the greatest bottleneck for young farmers, but fortunately, by taking part in this program I have more comprehensive information which can help me seek resources more effectively, helping to resolve problems and uncertainties related to the industry and reducing pressure.”
NPUST Delegation Expands Internship Opportunities in Thailand and Malaysia
2018-09-11 NPUST enjoys friendly relationships with the countries that fall under the umbrella of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy. The university is also working to build strong relationships with Taiwanese businesses and local industries operating in these countries and provide them with substantive technological assistance. Recently, NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai led a delegation comprising OIA Dean Pomin Li, R&D Director Yo-Chia Chen, Personnel Director Lin Cheng-Hsiao and several other university representatives on a visit to Thailand and Malaysia to conduct a week-long industry-academia exchange during which a number of MOUs with educational institutions and businesses were signed. The first stop on the tour was the Thai Society of Agricultural Engineering (TSAE) to meet with Deputy CEO Dares Kittiyopas. The society, which has a wealth of members from the industrial sector, and NPUST have formulated a plan to create more diversified internship opportunities for students and pursue cross-domain education objectives. The delegation from NPUST later visited Siam Snail Co., LTD, which is a biotech company established by a professor from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University. The College of Biology professor spent 30 years researching methods to produce high-quality, mass produced snail mucus for application in skin care products and cosmeceuticals. Now, his company is being looked at as a model of incubated start-ups worth emulating. Another highly important item on the agenda was to visit the Thai – Taiwan Business Association and put ink to an agreement which will lead to increased internship opportunities for students at NPUST. These opportunities will no longer be limited by the pairing of departments of study with specific areas within industry; but rather will offer much more flexibility. NPUST’s president Chang Hsien Tai and the other delegates also paid a visit to King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) and met with the vice-chancellor and the dean of the Faculty of Agriculture to discuss future bilateral cooperation whereby students and faculty from both universities will be able to take part in exchanges and joint research projects. The next stop of the tour was in the neighboring country of Malaysia where President Tai and Dean Jik-Chang Leong were invited to take part in and speak at the 2018 Taiwan-Malaysia University Presidents Forum. The other members of the delegation made their way to Universiti Putra Malaysia to discuss issues related to the Overseas R&D Promotion Center which was established through the cooperation of the two universities and which will soon be providing farmers across Malaysia with services and technological assistance. Another very important item on the itinerary in Malaysia was the attendance of the unveiling ceremony for a new research base jointly established by NPUST and Baolai International SDN. The research facility will be used to train technical personnel with professional skills for the cultivation of arowana fish and the management of leisure farms. The base will also serve as a model facility which can be replicated in the future in other areas of Malaysia and overseas. The time in Malaysia ended with a press conference for the Federation of Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities, Malaysia. During the conference attention was given to the agriculture, forestry, fishing and livestock results exhibition that will be held in March of 2019 in Batu Pahat. In the afternoon, the delegates visited Tan Chong & Sons Motor company, which is an agent for the French car manufacturer, Renault, as well as for the Malaysian branch of Nissan Motors. The NPUST representatives met with the company’s executives for discussions, giving focus to cooperation related to agricultural machinery and agricultural development in the Penang area of northern Malaysia. The delegates also took advantage of their time in the area to visit the Treeletrik Sdn Bhd in Kuala Lumpur and discuss cooperation and exchange with respect to R&D, marketing and personnel training for electric vehicles and scooters. The goal of the trip to Malaysia was to engage in substantial and concrete dialog with the business sector with the aim of extending NPUSTs plans for industry-academic exchange. Hopes are that the efforts made will not only lead to more comprehensive academic enterprises but to allow for students to gain experience and practical knowhow, so that when they graduate, they will be extremely competitive in the job market.