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NPUST 2019 Impact Summit Explores Future of Education
On November 22, 2019 NPUST hosted the “Impact Summit” at the university’s International Conference Hall to give scholars from different backgrounds an opportunity to discuss a variety of challenges that universities are expected to face in the years ahead. During the opening remarks, NPUST President Dr. Chang-Hsien Tai expressed that “in the current era of technological development and mass migration, the world faces many opportunities and challenges. The Impact Summit is being convened to bring together different perspectives and insights on a set of questions that is sure to influence each of our respective institutions in the years ahead”. Dr. Tai commented on the many changes that took place at NPUST over the 95 since its founding, but stressed that the changes that are still to come will be much more pronounced and take place on a much shorter time scale. Scholars in attendance at the summit represented some of NPUST’s sister universities in Poland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. NPUST’s Department of Civil Engineering professor, Dr. Yu-min Wang moderated the panel discussions, with questions giving focus to the changing roles that universities will likely be playing in a world of rapid technological development. In a conversation format, panelists explored the changing needs of today’s learners and proposed some strategies that could be employed to meet those needs. Such ideas as “non-degree courses” offered to people looking to learn specific professional skills were raised, and considerations were given to the fact that today’s learners are interested enriching their learning by taking part in international and cross-cultural learning activities. Hopes are that through international exchange and cooperation, educational institutions will be able to create the types of learning environments that can meet the needs of the students of tomorrow and that universities will be able to make positive contributions to local and sustainable development according to practices of social responsibility.
Ministry of Education Representative Visits NPUST Exhibit
On May 25th, Director General Yu-Huei Yang of the Department of Technological and Vocational Education (MOE) visited the NPUST campus to tour the Feature Exhibition Center and witness some of the developments the university has been making in research and design. NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai accompanied Director General Yang during her visit and introduced her to the items on display at the center. The exhibition included the graduation works of the second class of an advanced learning program offered for working professionals by the Department of Fashion Design and Management. Impressed by the collection, the MOE representative found the works to be both creative and practical in their designs. Another eye-catching exhibit shared the research of Department of Plant Industry Professor, Dr. Chung-Ruey Yen, who has been invested in the development of new tropical fruit varieties. The director was attracted by two fruits in particular: the baccaurea and wampee; each of which she enjoyed a sample of. The unique taste and texture of the fruits on display were clear evidence of the university’s extraordinary progress in agricultural development. These fruits, which go to export, help spread Taiwan’s reputation abroad and improve the agriculture economy within the country. In the area of aquaculture, one exhibit showcased the florescent fish developed by Associate Professor Shao-Yang Hu of the Department of Biological Science and Technology along with clown fish and seahorse research carried out by Department of Aquaculture Professor Ying-Nan Chen. The vibrant aquarium presented the university’s outstanding work in the aquatic world and also demonstrated its professional integration of gene engineering and biotechnology.  Another exhibit with highly practical application was of the remote monitoring devices developed for agricultural facilities by Associate Professor Pomin Lee and Assistant Professor Wei-Chen Chen of the Department of Biomechatronics. Their work, which integrates mechanical design and smart-device application, did an excellent job of hitting the main chord of the university’s agricultural technology oriented research. Director General Yang affirmed the main trajectories of NPUST’s development; namely, ‘technological agriculture’, ‘eco-industries’’, blue economies’, and ‘platinum society’. She also anticipates seeing even more impressive outcomes in the future as a result of the research currently taking place at the university. The approach taken by NPUST is contributing to the creation of a learning environment that is increasingly advantageous to the students’ acquisition of skills and which will help maximize their job competitiveness when they seek employment in the future.
Knowledge Tree  Library Renovation Completed, New Space Unveiled
To improve the quality of the space in the library and give students a place that that they can love to spend time reading in, this year (‘19) the first floor and fourth floor of the library were remodeled following a “knowledge tree” theme. At the entrance, an image of the “golden tree” alludes the old Chinese proverb which tells how “golden dwellings are attained by reading”. In the reading area, a minimalist industrial style design expresses “technical” side of the knowledge tree and reflects the university’s mission as a university of science and technology. The wall in the atrium was designed with images of a tree – its branches extending from the first floor up to the fourth floor to represent the university’s development from its earlier days as the Pingtung Agricultural Institution to its current status as a one of the country’s top universities in its category. Since 1991, when the library was constructed, until now, 28 years have passed; and in these 28 years the building has allowed knowledge to shine like a light for students at the university pursuing the road to academic success. In his remarks at the opening ceremony (9/17), NPUST President Chang-Hsien Tai expressed how “advancements in technology have allowed us to obtain intelligent means to make things faster and easier and multimedia development allows us to quickly transmit images and information. However, libraries, as traditional spaces for transmitting knowledge, hold an irreplaceable value. We hope that through improvements in digital knowledge, we can bring in a variety of digital archives, strengthen database searches and overcome the inconveniences associated with hard-copy collections. At the same time, we are preserving the core value of providing a physical reading space and encouraging students to come peruse the library. Allow reading to strengthen your ponderings and enriching your literary thought so that you can become the social leaders of the future”. The librarian, Shan-Ro Chao, expressed her satisfaction with the completion of the new space for the special opportunity bring in the famous calligraphist Kuo-Yang Li to offer his talent by writing the centerpiece artwork. She explained that “the character for ‘abundance’ (豐) was chosen to represent the rich collection of works and abundance of knowledge” he library has to offer. Changes to the first floor book stack area include the service counter, information retrieval system, theme films collection, NPUST ‘good reads’ - Knowledge is Power display, e-books, and a wide variety of displays.