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The floral festival runs from Jan. 31 to March 6.

 The ranking improved significantly, rising from 41st to 31st globally and to fifth in Asia.

in two categories ⁠— industry income and research by 2022 THE World University Rankings

Rooted in Taiwan, Branching out to the World

Taipei Times Editorial: National Chi Nan University this week became the first university to obtain approval to offer online counseling sessions. There is no reason the endorsement should not be granted to other institutions — the government can reinstitute the restrictions when the outbreak is over. (June 16)

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. 

Highlights

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VM-Fi Inc., a startup mentored by NCNU, amazed audiences at a Las Vegas exhibition
As a result of globalization, information, tourism, and transportation are no longer limited by borders; however, people are still subject to language barriers. VM-FI, Inc., a startup tutored by NCNU, developed a translation system that integrates artificial intelligence (AI) and the 5G high-speed communication technology. VM-Fi has been recognized by the world's most technologically influential "CES 2022 Smart City Innovation Award." VM-Fi uses smart city 5G and AI to provide high-speed, real-time voice interpretation services. With VM-Fi, a speech given by one person on stage can be translated into a different language simultaneously for one hundred audience members, which removes language barriers instantly and achieves the goal of a smart city lifestyle.
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Sustainability brings new job opportunities; Eugene Chien calls on university students to establish a global perspective
Ambassador Eugene Chien (簡又新), Chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) said that in the future, industries related to energy transition, such as electric vehicles, green energy (wind and solar), and zero-carbon buildings, will be new areas of knowledge with employment possibilities. He reminded NCNU students that in addition to developing independent thinking abilities, it is also necessary to establish a global perspective to consider the impact of climate change legislation on transportation, energy, agriculture, branding, international trade, fund investments, environmental litigation, carbon tax, and carbon fees after the current global climate change legislation is enacted.
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NCNU's Smart Food Bank platform helps optimize distribution of goods
Wen-hsueh Chen (陳文學), associate professor of the Department of Public Policy and Distribution, National Chi Nan University (NCNU), collaborated with Hao-ming Hong (洪晧銘) and Xin-mei Li (李欣玫), students of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, to address issues of donated goods in terms of unequal distribution, surplus, and a large amount of waste of donated materials by establishing a food bank. The "Just Enough to Meet Needs" goods sharing platform designed by them was selected as a candidate for the Sinyi Charity Foundation's project "Seeking 100 Mutual Support and Symbiotic Approaches during the Pandemic."
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Dark sky tour in the tribal county: Discovering a secret stargazing place in Ren-Ai
Hehuan Mountain is not the only place for stargazing! National Chi Nan University has been assisting Ren-Ai Township in Nantou County in the promotion of a local creation plan to bring the stargazing tourism industry to the tribal area. Recently, various villages and communities were tasked to seek fields suitable for developing into stargazing tourist attractions. To create more tribal stargazing "secret" destinations, more stargazing facilities should be added in the future, and stargazing talents should be cultivated in tribal areas.

Faculty, Student & Alumni Stories

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Tsz-Ching Mok (莫芷晴), a student of the Department of Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, National Chi Nan University (NCNU), immersed herself in "wine-infused coffee". She connects local flavors and Taiwan's grassroots fragrance to bring a fanciful experience to coffee lovers. Mok is a coffee enthusiast who has ample experience in selecting, picking, and roasting coffee beans and brewing coffee. She won the 2019 National Coffee Roasting Championship held in Nantou and accidentally came across wine-infused coffee popular in other countries. The smell of the aroma of wine when brewing coffee and the unique aroma of fruit, honey, dried longan, and even roasted wood when tasting makes drinkers want to know more about the coffee.
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Yun Fang Chiu (邱韻芳), director of the Indigenous Education Program at National Chi Nan University (NCNU), established a learning support and counseling system for aboriginal students, and cultivates tribal talents and promotes a deeper understanding of the aboriginal ethnic groups among the public. Among candidates from many universities, the Ministry of Education recognized Yun Fang Chiu with the Excellent Director Award for her work at NCNU Indigenous Student Resource Center. Jia Xian Lu (陸家賢), an assistant at NCNU Indigenous Student Resource Center, received an Excellent Specialist award.
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Professor Chia-Yu Yeh, who just stepped down as chair of department of economics, National Chi Nan University (NCNU), often gave a professional, sharp, and rigorous first impression. When she appeared on the other side of the screen for a remote interview, her long hair and casual smiles against a backdrop of a daily living space gave a friendly and stress-free image. Perhaps it was the enlightenment from her years of masters' and doctoral studies at the Ohio State University in the United States. You can immediately sense her free spirit after talking with her for a moment.

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