National Chung Cheng University concluded alliance agreements signing Letter of Intent (LOI) with universities from Southeast Asia

Published on Dec 07 2018

In the heat of pursuing Taiwan New Southbound Policy, the National Chung Cheng University (CCU) does not only aim at increasing foreign student’s enrollment rate, but also at motivating a broad academic interaction with universities from Southeast Asian countries! Lately, CCU formed an alliance with four other top universities from the countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia respectively. The five have agreed to enter into the University Alliance of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology and signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) on CCU campus. In the future, all members of the alliance will focus on promoting research cooperation, student exchanging program and facilitating various academic events; besides hosting the "International Conference on Applied Microbiology (ICAM)" in turn.
 
That LOI was signed by the representatives from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, the University of Sciences which is affiliated to Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Universitas Indonesia in Indonesia, University of Putra Malaysia in Malaysia and CCU. The Dean of the College of Science, professor Chien-Yen Chen, sealed the deal on behalf of CCU. After the signing, CCU also claimed that these four partners are either ranked the first or the second to top universities in their own countries. And most of their QS rankings in the pool of Asian universities are within 60.
 
The alliance was initiated and facilitated by Wen-Chien Lee, professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering at CCU. Its main goal is to develop a mechanism for all members to cooperate in research and exchange ideas on applied microbiology and biotechnology, and to run the international conference, ICAM, continuously. Professor Lee said that this international conference series is an academic gathering sponsored by Asian scholars, and it provides a platform for scientists from all over the world to exchange experience and the latest research results.

Applied Microbiology are the foundation of biotechnology, it explores how to apply microorganisms such as the wild-type bacteria, archaea, fungi and their recombinant strains to the manufacture of food, medicine, chemicals, fuel, wastewater treatment, and soil bioremediation. Professor Lee continued to point out that because microbial applications cover almost all areas of biotechnology, along with the ongoing innovation of scientific research, especially on synthetic biology, applied microbiology, in scientific sense, has become more important today than ever before.
 
Two years ago, the first "International Conference on Applied Microbiology" was held by the University of Sciences at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. This year, since all five universities has reached a consensus to form an alliance, they decided to grab the opportunity to sign the agreement of LOI at CCU particularly, while the biotechnological team of CCU was hosting the second ICAM. Professor Lee further commented that by hosting the conference in turn, the alliance would be able to contribute as much as other members in the world to promote the global academic research. And more, it will also encourage teachers and students of CCU to push themselves upwards to meet international standards through the cooperation and ideas exchanging process with top research teams and dedicated individual scientists, thus, for CCU to finally secure a place on the academic stage of the world under the spot light.