To consolidate the link between seismic study and geological research, National Chung Cheng University and Central Geological Survey signed a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding

Published on Jun 25 2019

In the year of the 20th anniversary of the devastating 921 Earthquake, in order to strengthen the connection between the seismic study and geological research, the National Chung Cheng University (CCU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Central Geological Survey (CGS) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) at the CCU Earthquake Museum. In the signing ceremony on June 25, 2019, the two parties have agreed to promote various academic exchanges and cooperation aiming at the geological research, exhibitions and relevant popular science education.

The MOU was signed by Dr. Chien-Yen Chen, Dean of CCU College of Science and Dr. Shu-Chung Tsao, the acting Director of CGS. At the scene, Dr. Tsao gifted some publications such as the map of Active Fault of Taiwan, the Geological Map of the Southern Taiwan, etc., to CCU, expecting the two parties to work tightly together in the future, on the basis of equal footing and mutual benefits. CCU stated that since CCU has been dedicated into the seismic and geological studies for many years, this partnership in research and other practices will be of a great and long-term significance for CCU, particularly it is singed in the year of the 20th anniversary of 921 Earthquake and the 10th anniversary of Morakot Typhoon Disaster.

It is a perfect match for the two to work together. Owing to CCU is located in Minxiong of Chiayi County, an area which has had a Meishan Earthquake disaster recorded nearby in 1906, the CCU buildings were all built with high earthquake resistance. Hence, CCU has also established the Earthquake Research Center and the Earthquake Museum to promote earthquake-related education and research in response to its geographic and geological uniqueness. Meanwhile, CGS acts as the only government agency in the country that undertakes the task of geological surveys nationwide. It keeps geological science closely connected to national issues such as the economic development, land planning, resource management, environmental conservation, and issues of the safety and security on property and life. CGS makes sure that the Government and the public are well informed about what happens around with its scientific findings.

CCU pointed out that in the past few years, CGS has been actively strengthening its relationship with the academia circle, this is the key factor that drives CCU to sign the agreement with CGS. CGS pays special attention to earthquake and geology related investigations and studies, and more, the importance of transforming local geological knowledge into the materials for popular science education. Through the cooperation, CGS not only intends to come up with some innovative ideas for geological works, but also to gradually widen its application possibilities of the geological findings, in efforts to fulfill its social responsibilities and duties on environmental protection and disaster prevention.

CCU College of Science further addressed with details that in the signing of MOU, CGS has agreed to help integrate various geological mapping services to facilitate the proceeding of CCU’s popular science education. In the future, CGS will jointly provide the guidance to students when they participate in various scientific fairs, relevant competitions at home and abroad, and other visiting activities. CGS also signed up to promote education in collaboration in the fields of geology, engineering, environment and disaster prevention with CCU; as well as to jointly provide academic lectures, and the opportunities for technique exchanges, curriculum development, work-study internships, and the sharing of research results. In addition to that, CGS has highlighted its core campaign titled “Geological Youth in CCU, Sustainable Environment in Taiwan” to CCU students on the day of the signing. Its purpose is to encourage more youth from the region of Yunlin, Chiayi and Tainan to become geological volunteers, collaboratively advocating for their own local geological and environmental education to the public.