Making all-out effort to promote New Southbound academic exchange, the College of Engineering of National Chung Cheng University brought back the International Teachers Seminar Workshop to deepen the relationship with Southeast Asia

Published on Jul 24 2019

In response to the Government's "New Southbound Policy", the College of Engineering (COE) of National Chung Cheng University (CCU) has visited a certain number of key universities of Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia for many times in the past four years. Compared with the enrollment of the first year, the number of foreign students from those universities to CCU has increased by 10 times. Recently during CCU’s summer vacation, COE has held a 10-day International Teachers Seminar Workshop in AI System, Advanced Manufacturing and Welfare Technology to encourage professors from other countries to exchange experiences with CCU academic professionals. Based on the three themes, the Workshop has also designed a series of sub-workshops, laboratory visits and seminar discussions to help all participants engage fully in the event. This time it has 31 professors from 16 Southeast Asian universities to take part in the workshop. By hosting the event, COE hopes to further strengthen the cooperative relationship with those universities.

COE stated that with the support of the Ministry of Education's New Southbound Plan, every year, in addition to the numerous visits to Southeast Asia to recruit Master’s and doctoral students, COE also hosts international seminar workshops for teachers. This year’s international workshop for teachers is planned to echo with the expertise of COE professors from two major research centers at CCU. AI system, advanced manufacturing, and welfare technology are thereafter chosen to be the three key themes in the event. There were 7 laboratories and around 10 professors and postdoctoral research fellows involved with the ‘Laboratory Open House’ activities while keynote speeches, culture and company visitations have also been arranged.

In order to promote COE’s outstanding research achievement and to encourage the academic exchanges between various professions of different countries, the Lab Open House activities of the workshop were specially designed to differentiate from the ordinary casual visits. Such an arrangement would help foreign teachers to know better about COE’s research power and potential. COE explained that in these activities, foreign teachers were divided into groups to go through different laboratories at three different time periods. When getting into the labs, the participants would take part in the research briefings, at the same time to have a close look at the equipment used in the labs and the presentation of research results of what these labs have achieved.

Furthermore, COE also collaborated with the Advanced Institute of Manufacturing with High-tech Innovations (AIM-HI) and the Center for Innovative Research on Aging Society (CIRAS) to host workshops in workshop, such as the "Advanced Manufacturing Seminar" and "Welfare Technology Seminar" in this event. Each sub-workshop aimed at topics on advanced components manufacturing, precision materials analysis, machinery design, and health care technology for patients and aged people respectively, inviting local and international experts from universities and business entities to share their thoughts regarding to current trends in topic-relevant development.

In the Advanced Manufacturing seminar, not only the application of functional oxide film and nanostructure in optoelectronic devices and the application of material characterization in the integrated circuit industry were mostly discussed, some experts have also shared their solutions for the mechanical analysis of stainless steel SUS304 under amplitude overload condition; and for the AI application on the monitored pump gasification predictive maintenance. The Welfare Technology Seminar has also attracted many experts and scholars to give feedback over issues ranging from the development of intelligent assistive devices for the elderly, Braille recognition research, assistive technology intellectual property rights, research on patients with language impairment, to the research and development of gerontechnology in Malaysia.

Over the years, CCUCOE has conducted numerous academic exchanges with universities in Southeast Asia actively. COE addressed that this year’s international seminar workshop for teachers has integrated new knowledge learning, demonstration of research energy, multi-national discussion and multi-cultural exchanges for all participants to be fully engaged with themed topics. COE believed this event could not only strengthen its relationships with certain universities of Southeast Asia, but also enhance CCU’s visibility to other universities abroad. Additionally, it may facilitate further collaboration with international partners and help increase student enrollments in the future.