NCNU held the inaugural reception of its 8th President Dong-sing Wuu (武東星) on Feb. 1, 2021. President Wuu promised to work towards elevating the happiness levels of fellow members and designing “a university of happiness, a university that brings happiness.”
NCNU shone in this year's university social responsibility category, winning gold for “Growing a Greener Shui Sha Lian: Smart Tech x Low Pollution x Circular Economy” and silver for “Coffee as a Career: A Sustainable Industry for Shui Sha Lian” at the 13th Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Awards.
From fruit peels to fragrant beverage: NCNU uncovers the secrets of coffee cherry tea
National Chi Nan University's USR Hub has developed a tidy new caffeinated drink by upcycling the flesh of the coffee fruit, which was previously discarded as industrial waste. This byproduct of the coffee sector's bean-focused manufacturing can, in fact, be used to make a fragrant and stimulating beverage. Known in Spanish as Cascara, meaning “skin” or “membrane,” coffee cherry tea is made by brewing sun-dried coffee peels — whole berry husks that puff up like little cherries upon re-encountering water.
Taiwan's Applied Chemistry lands national project, global coverage
The Department of Applied Chemistry at National Chi Nan University (NCNU) is enjoying a glowing trajectory in recent years, from partaking in national-level research programs to collaborating with other research labs on developing solar-powered batteries. Its latest achievements now include being published by two world-class scientific magazines.
NCNU highlights its academic merits for potential applicants
In terms of measuring up against other national universities in Taiwan, NCNU is rated 15th in this category under THE World University Rankings, 18th in THE Emerging Economies University Rankings, and 18th in QS World University Rankings for the Asia region. 60% of NCNU graduates from the Department of Social Policy and Social Work are certified social workers, a significantly higher rate than the average 19.51% nationwide. Moreover, 90% of postgraduate students from NCNU's Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Resource Development acquire a Certificate in Counselling Psychology. 60% of those who graduate from the Department of Leisure, Tourism & Hospitality Management attain two tourism-industry-related certificates, while 80% of students attending training programs provided by the Center for Teacher Education go on to acquire teacher certificates. According to NCNU's IR office, 30% of graduates in 2019 entered postgraduate studies in Taiwan. Those who land or are looking for jobs account for 41%, while 13% are preparing for exams.
The coffee & charms of Puli, through the lens of Japanese migrants
Nantou's Puli Township may be far away from the sunny beaches, but its good-nature appeal has attracted many world citizens to settle in central Taiwan. To introduce some of these international residents to the local community, National Chi Nan University (NCNU) held a Taiwan-Japan liaison afternoon with coffee and snacks on March 20 at the B&B Trade Winds bookstore to introduce two Japanese nationals living in Puli -- 菅大志 and 今井修.
Mahua, or the Sinophone literature of Malaysia, has been the focal point of studies from establishments such as Guangzhou's Jinan University since the 1990s to international academia such as American sinologists after 2005. In fact, their research often congregate on the literary output coming from a small Mahua community in Taiwan, from which novels are most popular but other creative forms and critiques flourish as well, and Ng is known for them all.
Dr. Yuhlong Oliver Su has served as president of National Chi Nan University since 2012. He is also a professor of applied chemistry who specializes in electroanalytical and porphyrin chemistry. Under Su's leadership, NCNU has been blossoming along the three axis of sophistication, specificity, and internationalization. Sophistication refers to the pursuit of refinement, a mindset of aiming for excellence in all aspects. “This has been my approach towards school governance and deepening the foundational roots of NCNU,” he explains. Specificity refers to the unique merits of each school, for “we are not just another public university.” Next up is internationalization, which has always been one of the university's founding values based on the intrinsic qualities of NCNU, in which the school name means “Southbound.”
By bringing students to the actual construction site, Dr. Chen Ku-fan believes he can better demonstrate how the academic knowledge being imparted can be applied to the lifelong profession. Working with fellow CE professor Tsai Yung-pin, Dr. Chen brought their classes to Puli's Taomi Village, where hostels and B&Bs were being outfitted with a simple wetland area for processing used water. Being on-site, as well as adjusting projected calculations based on field readings, will familiarize students with the real-life applications of the theorems and equations taught in class, he points out.