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NPUST Leads the Way with Ornamental Fish Program
2017-03-10 Last year the Japanese Economic News Agency visited the NPUST College of Veterinary Medicine to conduct interviews with Dean Winston TK Cheng and Assoc. Prof. Tsung-Meng Wu on the new International Degree Program in Ornamental Fish Science and Technology for an article they published in print and online on January 18th. The International Degree Program in Ornamental Fish Science and Technology was launched in August of last year and currently is the only graduate institute program world-wide in professional ornamental fish talent cultivation. In Taiwan, Pingtung County prevails when it comes to agriculture, forestry and aquaculture related industries and NPUST’s geographical location gives also has given it a huge advantage for research in aquaculture and fish sciences. At the same time, with the new Southbound Policy serving as an auxiliary, NPUST students in Southeast Asian are being offered greater opportunity to take advantage of resources at the school. One Southeast Asian student, Hieu Trung Pham, who is employed by a research organization back in his home country is doing research on disease prevention and immunization expressed that “having an opportunity to learn from international level professors is very satisfying”. Another student, from South America, Miguel Shevaughn Flemming, is also conducting research related to diseases. “After graduating”, he said “I will take my ‘know how’ back home and hope to make a contribution to the agriculture industry in my native country.”
       After interviewing Dean Cheng, the journalists were given a tour of the Aquatic Laboratory Animal Facility in the Department of Biological Science and Technology where they conducted interviews with Assistant Prof. Shao-Yang Hu. Discussing various genetic modification processes, Prof. Hu emphasized that “education on new species makes use of genetic modification methods. However, with breeding, you must also ensure not to influence river or marine life – this is very important”.
       In addition to researching new species of ornamental fish, work is also done to prevent communicable diseases and develop treatments – and both of these areas are seeing outstanding results. The field has a lot to offer, and in addition to the academic side of things, internships and employment opportunities are also promoted and students in the program have been getting lots of advice from professors, senior class members and alumni to set them for a promising future in the field of aquaculture and fish sciences.
Trip South Reveals Fruits of Success, Encouraging Future
2017-03-08 President Chang Hsien-Tai, International College Dean Jik-Chang Leong, and Department of Plant Industry Director Chong-Ho Wang recently set out to Sabah Malaysia to conduct and academic exchanges, meet with officials and connect with alumni in the area. The NPUST delegation arrived in Sabah on January 3rd and on the same day paid a visit to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) where they met with the chancellor of the university to discuss research related to freshwater fish cultivation and fish feed technology. During the visit, President Tai lauded Sabah’s rich natural resources and favorable environment for fish cultivation and affirmed UMS for its dedication towards sophisticated fish cultivation technologies. He also expressed his expectation that increased cooperation between local industry and NPUST could lead to worthwhile developments in related research and practice in the future.
     From Sabah, the trio from Taiwan proceeded to Miri where they met with the mayor and exchanged views on the development of agricultural technology. From there they continued on to Kuching where the delegates visited the Ministry of Agriculture to share information on Smart agriculture and encourage students from the area to come take advantage of NPUST’s academic resources.
     In addition to conducting exchange visits, President Tai and the other delegates met with NPUST alumni in Malaysia, and toured a number of entrepreneurial factories, mutually sharing on current industry success stories. President Tai was not only warmly welcomed by the alumni in Malaysia, but also had a chance to witness the brilliance of talented professionals who were educated by the university -- the effects thereof seeming like a warm breeze blowing across the land to bring flowers to blossom in diverse places.
     Also noteworthy, as a result of the joint efforts of the NPUST and its alumni in the area, the Malaysian Veterinary Council recently recognized degrees in veterinary medicine, which is evidence of the fact the university’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni continue to receive international confirmation. And now that Malaysian students who have graduated from NPUST are able to set up veterinary clinics when they return to Malaysia, it can be expected that new recruitment opportunities are certain to appear—a situation which stands to benefit both countries.
NPUST, Taiwan’s “Green University” Champion - 2016
2017-03-08 In 2016 NPUST’s performance in the World Green University Ranking once again was outstanding, and the university was ranked the top university in Taiwan. On a wider scope, NPUST was the 5th highest ranked university in Asia and placed 37th world-wide. In recent years NPUST has been heavily invested in the implementation of “green” policies and has furthered a variety of education and research activities which line up with the “environmental protection and sustainable development” of the Green University mission. As a result, not only has NPUST seen repeated success in the rankings, but has also earned itself the reputation of “National Park University”. Since 2014, the number of universities participating in the rankings world-wide has grown from 300 up to more than 500. Yet despite the growing competition, NPUST has been able maintain an excellent status, and this year was awarded a full 1800 points in the area of “education”.
     President Tai expressed the fact that in response to “Global Warming”, the university has been actively invested in a variety of research related to Green industries, with a Green Energy Research and Development Center, Solar Energy Applications Research Center, Solar Mushroom Plantation, and Green Energy Biological Plantation. The university also conducts research on biomass energy, wind power, hydrogen energy applications, green energy electric vehicles and more. In the area of green energy technology, results have been significant, and the university has accumulated a number of different applied research capabilities over the years. This year, items that were taken into consideration for the ranking include basic infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste disposal, water resources, transportation, and education.
     Director of General Affairs, Chin Lung Chang, pointed out that this year NPUST was greatly honored to receive full points on the item of “education” – a success that is attributable to the fact that each of the colleges and faculties incorporate courses that emphasize ecological and environmental education, focusing on renewable energy, ecological disaster prevention technology and sustainable business operations. In recent years number of classes related to these subjects has grown from 1988 up to 2727; thus adding even more depth to the cultivation of Green-minded talent at the university. Earlier on, in 2014, NPUST had already begun reusing all of the waste water from the dorm restaurants through a system it developed to water vegetation on campus and run the fountain. The hot water used in all the university dorms is heated using heat pumps and the dorms and classrooms are all equipped with energy saving A/C units. With respect to transportation, campus bicycles and shuttles help to reduce carbon and there are a number of electric vehicle recharging stations around the school. All of these have helped NPUST see excellent results on this year’s ranking.
     In 2009 Universitas Indonesia launched the Green University Ranking and began promoting sustainability and environmental protection among higher education institutions, thus helping to move diverse areas of study towards a world-wide environmental protection standard. This ranking system has had an impact on universities throughout the world, with a total of 74 countries and 516 universities participating in the most recent competition. NPUST is also a Green University member and the executive supervisor of the Green University Alliance in Taiwan. The university will continue to develop green education and environmental education and raise people’s awareness of the environment, thereby incorporating sustainable development and eco-friendly activities in a holistic form of education which will add even more depth to the meaning of being “green”.
Taiwan-Vietnam-Laos Cooperation: NPUST to Provide Expert Advice
2017-03-03 On December 27th NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai was joined on campus by the chairman of the Association of Vietnamese Investors in Laos (AVIL) and deputy chair of Souk Houng Heang Co., Ltd. (SHH) for the signing of a three-party Memorandum of Cooperation. The signing came after a trip to Laos earlier in the month (16th), at which time President Tai, Vice-President Chung-Ruey Yen and several NPUST faculty members met with AVIL and SHH representatives in the country of focus to set the groundwork for the agreement. In Laos, AVIL has plans to establish the Laos ASEAN Fruits and Vegetable Research Institute, which will be dedicated to seed selection and cultivation of vegetables, fruit trees and ornamental trees. In order to raise the quality of seedlings and produce meant for domestic sales and export, the group will conduct research on physiological factors, climate and environmental adaptability, plant protection, and post-harvest technology. NPUST is Taiwan’s main hub for research and academics in tropical agriculture and has been responsible for exporting a great wealth in tropical agriculture technology and knowhow to many countries in tropical and subtropical zones throughout the world. And now, NPUST will be partnering up with AVIL by providing expert consulting and assistance to them as they embark on this new project to bring Laos’ agriculture industry to the next level.
NPUST Represents “Smart Automation Revolution” at MOE Conference
2017-03-03 “Smart Automation Revolution, Striding towards a New Digital Era” – the conference was organized by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to give technical research institutions in Taiwan an opportunity exhibit their R&D capabilities and share their latest results with industrial sectors and the general public. Six “academic-industry” innovations holding great potential for development and application were selected to be put on showcase at the MOE conference, with the responsible research teams providing demonstrations and explanations of their work. Among these included a “driver blind-spot alert system”, “cloud-based greenhouse monitoring system”, “smart detection and alert system”, “glass bubble detection”, “smart therapist care system” and “innovative active arc welding technology”. NPUST was represented by the team responsible for successfully developing a highly efficient “active arc agent” which is applied to the fastener in order to substitute the traditional and cumbersome method commonly used. Based on a SGS examination done on the curve in the welding stud it is expected that the method will also effectively enhance the structural strength and carrying capacity of the weld. This convenient, effective and cost-cutting approach can be universally applied to a variety of industries which depend on proficient welding capabilities — from car body manufacturing and boat production to high-rise construction and bridge building, the list is endless.
“Green Energy Greenhouse” at Sustainable Research Farm
2017-03-01 The NPUST Sustainable Research Farm Green Energy Greenhouse is a two story glass curtain structure that makes use of “building integrated photovoltaic” (BIPV) solar panels to increase special efficiency while maximizing dependence on sunlight. Five years ago, with funds from the Bureau of Energy and the Paradigm University of Science and Technology Project, the College of Agriculture and College of Engineering teamed up on a projected to create a multifunctional controlled environment greenhouse. This newly created education and research platform has given Professor Yunn-Shy Ho of the Department of Plant Industry an opportunity to create a sophisticated cultivation system by integrating photoelectric monitoring equipment with modern circulating liquid culture technology. For students and faculty researching flowers and horticulture, the tropical section on the upper level of the greenhouse, which also takes advantage of this circulating liquid culture system, is being used to hydroponically cultivate chamomile, roses, lettuce and more. The greenhouse has a 300 square meter footprint, and in order maximize the effect of lighting and use of space, one slope of the rooftop has solar panels in a checkerboard arrangement to allow for an even distribution of sunlight inside the greenhouse. The upper floor of the structure uses natural light to cultivate melons and leafy vegetables, while the lower level uses LED fill light for cultivation. Each area has six independent circulating liquid culture systems which incorporate automated “plant irrigation equipment”. The first floor also has two simulated closed-type plant factory growing rooms.

The Greenhouse has served as an excellent opportunity for practical learning for students of the Flower and Horticulture Research Lab who worked together with their professors to install and test the equipment, making adjustments as necessary to improve cultivation management. The students actively participated in bringing the project to completion, overcoming diverse challenges and fostering a true team spirit.
Officially Open: The Animal Biologics Pilot Production Center
2017-03-01 In April 2016, with financial backing from the Paradigm Science and Technology University Project, NPUST broke ground for the construction of a CFMP compliant Animal Biologics Pilot Production Center, and on December 28th of the same year the center formally began operations. NPUST, which is home to Taiwan’s only Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccine Technology, recently established an international animal vaccine degree program for veterinary students and, as Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccine Technology Professor Chun-Yen Chu emphasized, now that the Animal Biologics Pilot Production Center is operational, NPUST has a new facility where animal medicine researchers can access international caliber equipment to carry out animal biologics R&D, conduct dosage productions trials, and oversee animal experiments which comply with international norms. The floor space of the center is approximately 800 square meters and is occupied by 17 labs, including ones for bacterial fermentation, antigen purification, emulsification and vaccine formulations. On the day of the opening ceremony, President Chang-Hsien Tai signed memorandum of understandings with multiple companies, including Taiwan Sugar Corporation, Adimune Immunology, and Formosa Biomedical as part of the university’s academic-industry cooperation strategy.