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Rapid Detection Devices Developed for Disease and Gene Testing
2018-12-10 Under the direction of Biomechatronics Engineering professor, Dr. Jyh-Jian Chen, research teams at NUST have developed portable equipment that can be used to identify genes and test for diseases. The teams have already obtained 10 patents for their research results and last year Dr. Chen received the NPUST 2018 Teacher’s R&D Results Competition in the Health Care category for his work. In an effort to make work easier for those involved in field screenings, species identification and quarantine work, the research teams spent 5 years developing two portable tools which use nucelic acid amplification together with molecular testing, microfluidics, advanced sensing and Internet of Things technologies for conducting on-site gene and disease identification tests. User-friendly, rapid, and reliable, the first generation “portable continuous flow nucleic acid amplification device” and a second generation “portable isothermal nucleic acid detection device” will save time, energy and money for those working in the field. The second generation equipment can also be operated using a cellphone and the results immediately transmitted to the Cloud for easy access. Zhi-Kai Chan, a graduate student on one of the research teams explained that the “portable continuous flow nucleic acid amplification device” came about as a result of building on the research of previous students. We hope the equipment can help people in the industry to identify plant species, such as orchid or tea varieties, so that they will be able to be sure of the sources. The device can also be used for recognition of GMO and non-GMO foods. Chun-you Pan, a graduate student working on the second generation “portable isothermal nucleic acid detection device” expressed his hopes that the machine would be able to help people identify animal diseases early on so that occurrences can be dealt with as soon as possible. In the same vein, NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai pointed out how the equipment created by Dr. Chen’s teams can easily be taken to location so that professionals on the front lines can test for such diseases such as bird flu, rabies and salmonella and immediately upload the results to the Cloud so that the problem can be reported and addressed immediately and further damages or loss can be avoided.
Agriculture Hall is Hit at “Technical Dream Factory” Exhibition
2018-12-08 The Ministry of Education invited NPUST to be one of the 13 exhibiting universities at the “Technical Dream Factory” exhibition held at the Taipei Main Station on December 8th and 9th. The exhibition was divided into three main categories, including “New Technology”, “New Agriculture” and “New Ocean”, each of which was stationed in a separate hall. Visitor had a great time viewing the exhibits and taking part in the carefully prepared activities which made the event feel like a grand vocational education party. NPUST sent a total of five teams hailing from six departments to represent the university and showcase its successful research in “Smart Forestry Survey Technology”, “Friendly Smart Agriculture”, “Plant Medicine”, “New Farming”, and “Stationary Cycling”. Civil Engineering Professor Yu-Min Wang led the Friendly Smart Agriculture team. The group is currently conducting experiments on new rice cultivation techniques in southeastern Taiwan. For the exhibition, they transported 16 planters from the experimental crop field in Taichung to the Main Station in Taipei so that they would have real samples of the four stages of cultivation on display for the visitors to witness. The model that they have been experiencing success in involves applying friendly probiotic farming techniques with longer drying intervals and drones used for field management. Once the crop is harvested, on-site rice polishers are used to grind the rice until it is clean and white. At the exhibit, the team shared rice ice-cream and popcorn rice so visitors could learn about probiotics and friendly farming methods while enjoying delicious treats made from the fruits of their success. With a great deal of experience in the field, Forestry Professor Mei-hui Chen headed up the team that put on the very popular “New Agriculturalist” installment at the exhibition. Her team presented on creative restoration, under forest economies and ecotourism and showed off some of the under forest products they are focused on including mushrooms, honey and beeswax. Adding another element to the “new agriculture experience”, Professor Ning-Han Liu from the Department of Management had a stationary bike set up with virtual scenery taken from Guanshan, Taitung and Wutai, Pingtung. The experience allowed visitors to feel like a smart agriculturalist patrolling rice patties in Guanshan or hobby cyclist riding through the mountainous Wutai tribal area. Presenting on “Smart Forest Survey Technology”, Forestry Professor Chien-Chang Chen and his team captured a lot of attention with the four large aerial photo UAVs they brought to the exhibit. Visitors were provided with explanations of past and present survey techniques, forest management technology and personnel training so they could get a good perspective on the development and changes that are taking place in the industry. Perhaps the most popular exhibit of all, however, was on the topic of “Plant Medicine” headed up by Plant Medicine Assistant Professor Wen-Hua Chen. Worms, moths, lychee mites, flat-bellied bees, red-winged larvae – what more could you ask for? The likes of these were given the spotlight at the plant medicine installment so that visitors could have an “up-close and personal” with the types of pests that cause so many problems for agriculturalists working to bring food to our tables. The team educated visitors on pest prevention by explaining concepts related to the biological chain, and gave them an appreciation for the important roles proper use of pesticides and ecological control play in creating good environments and improving food safety. The two-day event at the Taipei Main Station was hosted by the Ministry of Education and executed by Taiwan University of Science and Technology. With such a rich variety of activities and excellent turnout, the event was a great success. It was also an excellent opportunity for NPUST to bring attention to the contributions it is making towards agriculture technology and will hopefully attract new students who want to take part in the next era of development in the agriculture industry.
At NPUST the Time for the “Plantaenarian” has Arrived
2018-12-07 Goals to cut pesticide use in-half in ten years, improve food safety, and promote broader reaching environmental protection policies have already been laid out by the government—and one of the key components to the strategic approach is the implementation of a “Plant Doctor System”. In order to develop the necessary infrastructure in the southern part of Taiwan, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology has received subsidies from the government to establish a Plant Doctor Education Hospital which will be operated by the university’s plant medicine faculty. An opening ceremony and plaque unveiling for the new hospital was held on December 7th to mark the launch of its official operations. A number of government and industry representatives were invited to be present for the landmark occasion, including Director Hai-tung Feng of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine. NPUST Vice President for Administrative Affairs Chao-Lin Tuan, who hosted the event, explained that Taiwan is the first country in the world to establish a legally based plant doctor medical system. Animals have veterinarian medical systems; plants should have plant doctor or “plantaenarian” medical systems too, so that farmers have a system they can rely on to keep their crops healthy through medical diagnostics and disease prevention. These plant doctors will be called on to provide diagnostic services and consultancy. They will provide support and education on correct treatment, safe use of medicines, and disease prevention strategies, so that the agriculture industry will be able to achieve the goal of cutting pesticide use in-half within the next decade while also raising production value, contributing to the health safety of farmers, and providing peace of mind to consumers. Director Hai-tung Feng of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine explained that, in suit with Taiwan University, National Chung Hsing University and Chiayi University, NPUST has established a Plant Medicine Teaching Hospital. These facilities are now distributed uniformly from the north end to the south end of Taiwan. In addition to training talent, plant hospital operations involve interacting with farmers, publicizing the system and assisting farmers to create eco-friendly environments. They will serve as safeguards for healthy harvests and help dispel any doubts that consumers have towards food safety. They are creating opportunities to allow farmers, agricultural businesses, and the general public to get acquainted with plantaenarians and develop friendly relationships with this special breed of medical practitioner. The Assistant Professor Chen Wenhua, who oversees the university’s Plant Medicine Teaching Hospital, explained that the plant hospital has a regular reception desk where you can take a number, a medical records room, diagnostics lab, examination lab, plant medicine consultation office, and a classroom for plant medicine education. Currently, the Council of Agriculture is supporting two interning plant doctors who are responsible for outpatients, telephone registration, preliminary diagnosis and treatment consultations. During outpatient checkup hours, the entire faculty of the Department of Plant Medicine is on rotation to visit the patients; and if necessary, multiple professors will be called on at one time to provide comprehensive consultations. Every year, as part of a complete and comprehensive training regime, third-year, fourth-year and graduate students take part in special projects and clinical internships, both at the hospital and out in the field. Currently, the hospital is cooperating with the Wandan Council of Agriculture (red bean producers), providing periodical visitations to specific locations, consulting on the health management of featured crops, and assisting with the monitoring of diseases and pest outbreaks. By providing precise instruction on pesticides application, the frequency and quantity of pesticides can be reduced. A traceability system is also being promoted and farmers are encouraged to adopt friendly or organic crop production techniques so that ecosystems in agricultural areas can remain stable and the environment can keep healthy. Expectation are that NPUST’s Plant Medicine Education Hospital will become Southern Taiwan’s main center for healthy plant care.
PBL Sprout Project Embraces Mount Kavulungan
2018-12-06 Among the series of courses developed under the Sprout Project at NPUST, there is one that putting students to the challenge in a very special way, and bringing them to new heights in the processes – in a very literal sense. The course, entitled “Embrace Mount Kavulungan”, is an outdoor leisure and recreation project that is designed to foster can-do spirits, attitudes of cooperation, and communication skills in students as they embark on a major mountain-forest adventure with one another and training their bodies and minds. The course follows a Problem Based Learning (PBL) design that brings theory to practice over a 12-week period. A total of 49 students enrolled and ultimately 17 (9 girls, 8 boys) would be selected to join final challenge and summit the 3092m (10,144ft) high Mount Kavulungan (also known as North Dawu Mountain). Three instructors would lead the students on the three-day roundtrip hike that was scheduled for December 6~8. Professor Kuei-pin Kuo, one of the physical education instructor directing the climb, expressed that “this course is a major challenge –the group of students had never climbed high mountains before. Throughout the entire processes the teachers and team instructors were continuously concerned that the students might not have the physical strength needed; however, ultimately they demonstrated strength and resilience needed. The team supported and encouraged one another, and exhibited a cohesiveness and cooperative spirit that allowed everyone to successfully embrace the mountain. When they summited, the students looked exhausted, but their eyes expressed joy and pride – the most important thing was that they learned to work together, encourage one another and share. Through the processes their growth was evident”. One student reflected on the feat: “without the encouragement, help and support from everyone, I could never have completed this challenge in my entire life. This experience has left a deep, deep impression on me and I believe that on my future road to development, this achievement will continuously stay with me”. This is precisely the goal of Adventure Physical Education activities like these – through engaging in physical and mental challenges and by facing dangers and difficulties, the students learn to work together, support one another and pursue a common goal; pushing themselves further than they had ever gone before. Problem Based Learning (PBL) Courses are primarily aimed at bridging the gap between education and practice. Through autonomous learning, students develop their own unique methods of development. The PBL education model integrates different fields, applying theory and practice and providing students with a chance to identify the main symptoms of a problem and come up with their own solutions. Embrace Mount Kavulungan used the PBL approach to help students gain confidence, learn team communication and practice problem solving techniques. It was a journey of personal growth that taught the students to strengthen their bodies and minds as they found new footings for their academic journeys and paths to future success.
NPUST Hosts “I Am Here!” Proposal Competition via YSBC
2018-12-03 The “I Am Here!” Creative Entrepreneurship Proposal Competition was held on December 3rd (2018) at the NPUST College of Management thanks to the joint efforts of the university’s Yunus Social Business Center (YSBC) and the Taiwan Yunus Foundation. For six straight years, universities around Taiwan have taken turns holding the competition which is designed to help with the localization of social business, and to encourage students to care for society while solving problems through creative thinking. At this year’s competition, multiple teams from NPUST, National Quemoy University (Taiwan) and Jilin Sports University (China) battled for the tops spots. NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai expressed his hopes that the teams taking part in the competition would be able to use their proposal creation skills to make contributions to social enterprises. He also explained that “this past year, through the efforts made by the Yunus Center at NPUST, students and local social enterprises have been counseled on sustainable development”. The deputy executive director of the Yunus Foundation, Hsiu-Ching Wu, also made some remarks at the event and offered encouragement to the participating teams. A total of 12 teams put together passionate proposals which were evaluated by a panel of teachers. The “Chuan-di” team from NPUST won the first place prize for their work. Coming second was the “Yimin Jinren” team from Quemoy University and the third spot went to the “Never Solo” team, also from NPUST. A commendation ceremony was held in conjunction with the competition to present awards to students who have made contributions to social enterprises in the past year. The creative entrepreneurship competition “I Am Here!” expresses the idea that “we are here; we are in Taiwan”—with the goal of developing local social enterprises and giving youth a sense of care for society. Hopes are that they will use creative thinking and problem solving to promote a healthy economy for Taiwan’s future.
NPUST Research Capacity Catches MOST Attention
2018-11-30 The remarkable successes of National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) in agricultural research over the years has attracted the attention of the Agricultural Biotech Analysis and Promotion Office of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). On November 27th (’18), a matchmaking event, research conference and exhibition were organized at MOST to bring together experts from industry, academia and government so that they could get acquainted with the rich and diverse capabilities of NPUST. With a very practical approach, the university is integrating cross-domain knowledge and technologies, and sharing advancements in agriculture with the industrial sector. Under the leadership of President Chang-Hsien Tai, NPUST has been actively developing animal immunization technology and smart agriculture technology. President Tai expressed: “With smart agriculture at the forefront, UAV technology, censoring instrumentation, and robotic arms developed by the College of Engineering are being integrated with IoT, big data analyses, and marketing strategies performed by the College of Management. This interdisciplinary cooperation is leading to the development of a large-scale academic resources network.” The university’s Director of Research and Development, Yo-Chia Chen, expressed that the university has strong R&D capabilities and excellent interdisciplinary research teams. These teams have sent researchers to Europe, USA and Japan to learn about innovative agriculture technology and are cooperating with the Pingtung Agriculture College & Service Center and members of the business sector to promote technology application in the industry. In addition, courses on related technology have been organized to train people and cultivate the type of human resources the industry needs. Director of the NPUST Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccine Technology, Guan-Ming Ke, explained that the university has been invested in animal immunization R&D for more than ten years and has already developed four major platforms for work on cells, subunit antigens, adjuvants, immunomodulators. In addition to developing new vaccines, the institute is also focused on reducing virus contamination. Through its connections with industry, this Taiwanese institution has a world-wide reach and is able to positively contribute to the production of animal immunization and cultivation of professional talent. In Taiwan, 70% of the water that is used by people is used for agricultural purposes. For this reason, emphasis has been placed on the importance of adopting smart technology in agriculture to help conserve water resources. Professor Wang Yu-Min of the Department of Civil Engineering explained that by integrating smart technologies and agriculture technologies interdisciplinary research experiments on diversified rice growing techniques have showed that water use can be reduced by 30% while simultaneously increasing the unit production by 20%. Expectations are that in the future every farmer will use smart handheld devices to monitor detailed information about their crops. These new technologies will also help the agriculture industry as it deals with the problem of its declining workforce. In recent years, this problem has gradually started catching people’s attention and many are looking to technology as the new force in farming. Thus, in the future, both immunization and smart farming will play big roles in new models of farming operation and researches like the ones at NPUST will be sought out to find answers to many of the challenges that come up in the industry.
2018 Forum on Campus Sports and Innovative Physical Education
2018-11-29 As the results of many studies are making it clear that the problems of obesity and cardiovascular disease are increasingly present among younger populations, schools around the world are putting new emphasis on physical fitness and athletic performance among students. In Taiwan, the Ministry of Education is working to facilitate scholarly dialog on the topic and is working with NPUST to encourage change. On November 29th and 30th (2018), under the direction of the MOU, the NPUST Office of Physical Education and Department of Recreational Sport and Health Promotion jointly hosted the “2018 Forum on Campus Sports and Innovative Physical Education”. Physical education professionals from Singapore’s Republic Polytechnic, Vietnam’s Bac Ninh University of Physical Education and Sports, China’s Shenyang Normal University, and Linyi University were invited to take part in the two-day conference and share their knowledge on the discussion at hand. NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai made some remarks during the opening ceremony, stating that “because of the technological advancements which have led to changes in the way people train, physical capabilities are continually challenging and breaking past former limitations. With smart censor instrumentation, data can be collected and used to calculate the optimum workout intensity for each individual athlete.” On the reverse end, however, adoption of other technologies is luring young people away from participation in real-world physical activities. With respect to this trend, President Tai added that “we also hope that through innovative teaching methods, more students will be willing to put down their electronics, turn their attention away from the internet and start getting involved in more physical activity to improve the states of their health and fitness.” In response to the many reports that obesity and heart disease among young people are increasing, schools are working to improve physical fitness among students by incorporating new elements into physical education, such as directed leaning, cooperative leaning and flipped classroom leaning. The conference was organized to bring together academics with different backgrounds and experiences to exchange with one another and discuss these important topics with the hope that schools can improve the effectiveness of physical education programs and contribute to health improvements among students. Over the two-day conference, special presentations were provided by experts from Singapore, Vietnam and China with focus given to innovative methods in physical education. For the finale, an open forum was held to allow the conference attendees and the key presenters to engage in discussions, raise questions and share valuable information with one another in hopes of further facilitating the development of new ideas that can contribute to more successful on-campus sports activities and innovative approaches to learning.
The 10th Bilateral Conference KU and NPUST
2018-11-28 On 27-28 November 2018, at the Kamphol Adulavidhaya Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the Kasetsart Golden Jubilee Administration and Information Center Building at Kasetsart University Bangkhen Campus, Bangkok, Thailand an international conference was held entitled “The 10th Bilateral Conference Kasetsart University and National Pingtung University of Science and Technology on “Innovation in Agriculture,Agro-industry and Agri-business.”Both universities agreed to jointly organize and take turns in hosting the biennial academic conference .This year Kasetsart University hosted the conference, providing oppprtunities for the faculty members, researchers and students from Kasetsart University,Thai universities and the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology as well as public and private organizations and other interested parties to discuss and exchange ideas and knowledge on Agro-Industry, Agriculture,Economics and related fields.The 10th Bilateral Conference included oral(Plenary sessions and Parallel sessions) and poster presentations, and a one-day excursion to Ratchaburi province. At this event, Associate Professor Dr.Chamaipak TAYJASANANT,Acting Assistant to the President and Acting Director of the Intenational Affairs Division, was the MC and invited Associate Professor Dr.Siree CHAISERI,Vice President for Research, to deliver a welcome speech and Professor Dr.Chung-Ruey YEN, Vice President for Academic Affairs, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, to deliver a speech.Then, Dr.Chongrak WACHRINRAT,Acting President of Kasetsart University,was honored to preside over this event to deliver opening remarks about the objectives of the international conference,which are to provide opportunities for faculty members,scientists,scholars,researchers and students to exchange ideas and knowledge on Agro-Industry, Agriculture ,Economics and related fields;to exhibit and demonstrate new knowledge and present research findings to the public;and to enhance academic cooperation and advance research cooperation between universities in Thailand and Taiwan that will lead to further academic development and greater research collaboration in this region and worldwide.The 10thBilateral Conference received a lot of attention from participants including faculty members,researchers,students and personnel as well as interested parties from outside agencies who attended the event. The theme “Innovation in Agriculture,Agro-industry and Agri-business” reflects the essence of agriculture and related sciences in the development of several countries. With a global perspective, agricultural scientists, economists, and business entrepreneurs have focused on creating an appropriate business environment and technologies to produce better quality products and to improve the livelihoods of all. has been significant knowledge and experience sharing between scientists and scholars in agricultural innovation. The National Pingtung University of Science and Technology and Kasetsart University jointly provide this forum for all concerned to come together to exchange knowledge and research results on how innovation in food and agriculture can positively impact the global society and provide a better living for our successors. The conference was initiated to support bilateral academic cooperation between the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology and Kasetsart University after the singing of the Academic Exchange Agreement in 1998. The universities agreed to jointly organize the biennial academic conference which provides opportunities for faculty members, researchers and students to exchange ideas and knowledge. The first Bilateral Conference entitled “The 1st Bilateral Conference between National Pintung University of Science and Technology and Kasetsart University” was hosted by National Pingtung University of Science and Technology during 1-6 May 2001. NPUST and KU have taken turns hosting nine biennial Taiwan-Thailand bilateral research conferences. This was the 10thinternational conference in 2018.
Prof. Wong and Ocean Bloom Represent at Fisheries Exhibition
2018-11-23 In an industry-academic cooperation arrangement, Professor Saou-Lien Wong of the Department of Aquaculture and representatives of the Ocean Bloom Biotechnology Co., Ltd. put together a team to take part in the 2018 Taiwan Fisheries Exhibition, held from November 21 to 23 at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Hall. Organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and MY Exhibition Co., Ltd., the exhibition hall saw 6,800 make the rounds over the three days it was running. At the exhibition, Professor Wong and Ocean Bloom displayed raw algae materials, various types of live fry, and the latest fishnet materials to potential clients. Top buyers by country were China, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong, in respective order. There were also buyers present from India, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, UAE, Russia, USA, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania and Brazil all looking to find quality suppliers to build relationships with. During the event, the algae extraction technology clean algae materials from Indonesia that Professor Wong had on display inspired new attitudes towards diverse development opportunities of algae among local and foreign companies visiting the booth. One of their goals is to apply algae to cosmetic and health products. Ocean Bloom was the only exhibitor to have live fish on display at the show. In addition to their Giant grouper fry, they also had the delicate Leopard coral grouper and the eye-catching “panther grouper”. The displays of live fish attracted much attention from people in the aquaculture industry. Breeders coming from many different countries wanted to discuss professional breading experiences and techniques with Ocean Bloom. NPUST Alumn, Mr. Hsue-Hsien Huang, who supplied the Indonesian fry, explained to that in addition to selling hatchlings, they can bring the fish cultivation techniques to other countries and provide much more precision instruction on how to raise fish in different environments. Ocean Bloom also displayed this year’s latest product – “the golden net”. As its name implies, the net has the appearance of gold, with PE or PP fishnet laced with nano copper that shimmers like gold. The slowly released copper ions are effective against algae and bacteria and the special design allows the copper particles to maintain a level of 0.1-0.2ppm, so the impact to the ocean environment is extremely low. This new material, whether it be for fish cultivators or manufacturers, has been given a very high rating. Professor Wong expressed that the exhibition was an opportunity to gain new knowledge and innovative thinking. Fisheries technology is passed down from generation to generation and changes day by day – in such a vast ocean the only way to create a better future is by continuously absorbing new knowledge.
NPUST Celebrates its 94th Anniversary
2018-11-17 In its 94th year, NPUST has a lot to celebrate – and on November 17th, that is exactly what it did! All day long, there was a mixture of activities and entertainment going on. One of the main events of the day was the “Anniversary and Awards Ceremony” that was held at the university Library and Conference Hall. NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai hosted the event which was graced by a large number of honored guests, including former NPUST president Meng-Hsiang Kuo, Jinwen University of Science and Technology Chairman Shan-Da Liu, Alumni Association of NPUST Chairman Kuo-sen Chen, The Republic of Palau Ambassador to Taiwan, Republic of Kiribati Ambassador to Taiwan Ms. Tessie Eria Lambourne, American Institute in Taiwan Kaohsiung branch chief Mr. Matthew E. O'connor, Counselor of the Kingdom of Eswatini Ms. Lindiwe Kunene, Rector of Thailand’s Songkhla Rajabhat University Dr. Niwat Klinngam, the rector of Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen University Dr. Tran Van Dien and many other distinguished guests from business, academic and government sectors. President Chang-Hsien Tai made some remarks during the ceremony, stating that “since its founding 94 years ago, NPUST has seen outstanding results in a diverse set of fields. In academics, our university’s animal vaccination institution has been affirmed by both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science and Technology and has become a national level research center. Industry-academic cooperation projects involving professors from our university exceeded 900 million NTD as of October and should break 1 billion before the end of the year. This is all attributed to the outstanding efforts and research results of the faculty. Our programs are increasingly meeting the demands of modern education and we are continuously strengthening our cooperative industry-academic relationships and establishing more intimate international exchanges. It is our hope that by 2024 –thanks to the hard work of the faculty, the interaction we have with alumni and business sectors, and the exchanges we enjoy with our sister-universities and allies—we will be among the top 100 agricultural universities in Asia.” A great variety of fun and interesting activities went on throughout the day and there was much to see at the research result exhibitions that were set up inside the library and in the surrounding area, including the “E-Life Smart Life Exhibition”, “Higher Education Sprout Project Results”, “Practical Student Projects and Business Incubation Results” and more. During the Awards Ceremony special awards were given to 10 “Outstanding Youth Alumni” and 17 “Outstanding Alumni”. One distinguished alumnus, Ke-Min Fang, was also presented with an award for “Contributions to University Development”. Fang has made considerable contributions, including assisting the Institute of Food Safety and Health with the creation of a food safety app to help protect the health of consumers, providing assistance with the creation of innovative teaching sites and donating 100 thousand USD to the university’s Institute of Food Safety Management. On November 17th, staff and students at the university set up to create a fun fair. The Department of Plant Industry Teaching and Research Results Exhibition was also set up on Siwei Road. A fun fair was set up on Siwei Road, with 263 booths set up for visitors enjoy, with local cuisine and cultural creations, aboriginal barbeque, Hakka specialties, and a cornucopia of foreign food and cultural creations coming from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, and Mongolia. Students and faculty from the Department of Plant Industry also had Red peony, vanilla plants, Chinese herbal medicine, fruits and vegetable seeds, and flowers on display and for sale. Campus tours were organized to take people on tours of some of NPUST’s on-campus attractions, such as the Working Dog Training Center, Exhibition Hall of Agricultural Implements, Wildlife Rescue Center and the Feature Exhibition Center. Additionally, a “ox-cart ride” at the Exhibition Hall of Agricultural Implements gave people a chance to learn about the application of various pieces of farm equipment. The Harvest Concert on the Lawn began at 2:30 pm on the field across from the Administration Building with people gathered to enjoy live music in a natural outdoor setting. The field also had a variety of interesting art installments set up and as evening set on, the LED lights strung along the adjacent corridor of created a pleasant atmosphere for the everyone to enjoy.