[Cheers Magazine Interview] CCU: Exploiting key fields, cultivating key talents

Published on Dec 30 2013

Previously, Cheers Magazine interviewed CCU President Wu Jyh-Yang and published an article “CCU: Exploiting key fields, cultivating key talents” on “Special Issue-2014 Graduate School”. For more content on the interview, see below:

Although 24-year-old CCU is not a university with long history and rich experience, it clearly knows how to build up their key strength. Having keen senses toward future trends, it has been developing its own advantages and focuses on what it is good at. “It’s like we are the small components of a great machine. But if we play the main role, we can significantly influence the whole. Even though CCU is still not very experienced, we are fully prepared. Once the opportunity comes, we never lose it!” Since President Wu took the position of CCU President on 2008, he has set “Precision Machinery”, “Drug Abuse Prevention” and “Research On Aging Society” as the three objectives of CCU development.

Precision Machinery: The Axis of Research& Training of Precision Machinery

Attributing to Taiwan’s crucial location in the Golden Strip of Precision Machinery, plus College of Science and Engineering’s amazing research ability, CCU is always in favor of industry. Advanced Institute of Manufacturing With High-Tech Innovations, Advanced Machine Tools Center, Micro/Nano Science Center, Taiwan Spin Phenomena Integrated Nanotechnogy Research Center, Soc Research Center, System Biology& Tissue Engineering Research Center and so on are all in possession of CCU. Recently, its outstanding performance on Academic-Industry partnership has won CCU lots of recognition, including certificate of Technological Service Organization issued by Ministry of Economic Affair on 2009 and certificate of 2010
Outstanding Academic-Industry Unit issue by Chinese Institute of Engineers. In recent three years, cases of Cooperative Education are over 2,000 with appropriable funds over 2.19 billion NT dollars; cases of Academic-Industry Cooperative Plans are over 300 with funds approximately about 315 million NT dollars.
Among all the research centers, Advanced Institute of Manufacturing With High-Tech Innovations features “Intelligent Precision Manufacturing Technology”and it is adept at integrating different specialties altogether including communication, electrical engineering, control, machinery, material, cognitive science, and marketing, enabling
manufacturing systems to be intelligently functional. This particular strength of the research center draws attention from many companies that seek further possible cooperation with CCU. For instance, Hiwin Technologies Corp. had finished 5 cases of technology transfer, 4 patents and nourished 1 Doctor and 5 Master in the first year of academic TDP (Technology Development Program). Besides, it also attracts General Motors and Acellent Technologies from the states and 3D-Micromac from Germany for cooperation.

In total, Advanced Institute of Manufacturing With High-Tech Innovations has signed contracts with 17 companies in recent 2 years. The number of Academic-Industry cooperation between legal foundations and non-governmental organizations is up to 50. Besides, the raised funds from non-governmental departments are over NT 74,000,000 and the royalties of technology transfer is over NT 20,000,000. Machine tool, mold, material, semiconductor apparatus, SoC and communication are all covered in cooperative programs.

Crime Prevention: The Heavyweight of Criminology

CCU Department and Graduate Institute of Criminology is the first academic institution in Taiwan which specializes in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, forensic biology and counseling psychology. It executes with distinction in juvenile delinquency, violent crime, theft, domestic violence, sexual assault and in the field of criminal justice; it could be called the heavyweight of crime research. The Crime Research Center is also prominent on assisting government with related major studies, having great influence on the society. “We recruit professors from USA, UK, Japan and Germany. From the aspects of comprehensiveness and integration, it can be called the top of Asia,” quoted from, Yang Shu-Lung, the professor of Department of Criminology and also the vice President of CCU. Despite the outstanding faculty, students for master degree and Ph. D are from various fields like prosecution, court, police system, psychiatry, and academia.

Moreover, on the aspect of drug prevention, CCU invites Lee Chang-Yu as the chief advisor, integrating about 60 professors from different departments. Scholars from NCKU, NTNU, National Health Research Institutes, and Academia Sinica are all participated in this research. They help the government to enact drug prevention policies and to set up drug prevention centers in local counties. “Education Center for Prevention of Drug Abuse” of CCU independently develops interactive video games and simulated Pub. Besides, they also teach teenagers how to differentiate drugs, becoming the pioneer of teen drug prevention.

Research on Aging Society: Cultivating All-Round Talents of Aging Society
Taiwan is the country with the highest population aging rate. It is expected to have 20% of aged population by the year of 2025. Thus, Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences of CCU helps to integrate 7 related colleges that are working on advance gerontology. Chair Professor, also Director of Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, says,” The research aims to lead the society to see aging with more positive views.” Therefore, the center emphasizes a lot on a person’s physical condition, mental state, social participation, social security, and also law study, education and so on, in order to develop “technology”, “policy” and “industry”, directing at aging population.

Research on aging population widely covers a lot of fields; for example, medical remote-control equipment and detecting instruments from College of Science and Engineering , cognitive and neural studies on aging population from Department of Psychology, strength training equipment from Graduate Institute of Sport and Leisure Education, elder teaching approaches from Graduate Institute of Elder Education, policy studies on elders from Department of Labor Relationship and Social Welfare, studies on economic pattern of aging population from Department of International Economic, and also the related law studies from College of Law.

Moreover, this year, Institute of Psychology, Linguistics and Social Welfare start to cooperate with Dementia Center of Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, researching on dementia patients’ ability of language, memory and attention. Besides, it also cooperates with NCKU Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, NYMU Institute of Neuroscience and NCU Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Internationally, CUHK Department of Linguistics and Modern Language, Stanford Center on Longevity, OSU Office of Geriatrics & Gerontology, MPI research center of Germany are partners on academic fields.
The training for graduate students is oriented on solving problems and cultivating keen observation. Thus, CCU provides students a key strength that is intangible: freedom of speech and academia. President Wu envisions that once limits are not set on students and teachers, they can focus on what they love. Freedom brings exploration, and exploration brings infinity.

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★ For other interviews, the link is given below: http://www.ccu.edu.tw/album_list.php