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Title:​​​​​​​NCNU set to become nation's top producer of solar power
Summary:Through the Nantou County Government and the Energy Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ "Promotion of Green Energy Roofs Project," NCNU and Xinming Energy Co., Ltd. (新明能源有限公司) signed a lease agreement for solar photovoltaic equipment that will generate 1.5 megawatts of power. This deal makes NCNU the first project site in the government's green energy roof project to challenge the 1-megawatt benchmark, and cements NCNU as a green university and a development center for sustainable energy.
Title:NCNU captures two prizes at Taiwan's corporate sustainability awards
Summary:National Chi Nan University 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. These two ongoing projects validate NCNU's approach to community empowerment and underscore the university's role as a regional think tank.
Title:NCNU holds forums, student competition on regional empowerment
Summary:A series of forums and proposals aimed at brainstorming for more localized and creative ideas on regional empowerment took place at National Chi Nan University on May 13. Organized by LESSON+ (Learning and Enhancement Center for Small-business Startup of NCNU) and CTCA Taiwan (Creative Tourism and Community Design Association in Taiwan), the program was attended by delegates representing the tourism, grassroots revitalization, and agricultural cooperative interests of the central Taiwanese regions of Nantou, Taichung, Changhua, and Yunlin.
Title:NCNU holds educational fair to highlight importance of water resources
Summary:To raise public awareness of the importance of water resources and the interconnected ecology that support such life-providing systems, National Chi Nan University held a special water-themed carnival called “Just Keep Swimming” on June 6 next to the Pacheng Flood Canal at an experimental forest conservation area maintained by National Chung Hsing University in central Taiwan.
Title:Astrotourism: NCNU crafts Taiwan into a first-class stargazing destination
Summary:Heeding the Executive Yuan's call for community empowerment and regional revitalization, National Chi Nan University (NCNU) is working with local alliances and grassroots groups in Nantou County's Ren'ai Township to transform the mountainous heart of Taiwan into a world-class stargazing destination. Taiwan is uniquely positioned on Earth, with latitudinal and longitudinal advantages that allow stargazers here to behold 82 out of the 88 constellations officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). As such conditions are rarely met elsewhere, star-chasers from neighboring Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong all fly to Taiwan.
Title:NCNU students craft coffee business with government start-up fund
Summary:Based in Ren'ai Township of Nantou County, the team behind the coffee start-up Lai Bai (來唄工作室) comprises Sunay Mayaw (高國郡) of the Amis tribe, Tiang Tamalasan (黃紹剛) of the Thao tribe, and Lawa Tesing (石翔碩) of the Bunun tribe. Utilizing their different backgrounds and experiences, these entrepreneurial students successfully applied for the MOE's "U-start Plan for Innovation and Entrepreneurship," receiving NT$1.1 million seed fund in two parts: NT$500,000 in 2020, and NT$600,000 in 2021.
Title:NCNU's women softball team wins Taiwan university league
Summary:National Chi Nan University captured the 2021 university softball championship title on March 28, winning 7:0 against National Taiwan University of Sport at the Taichung King Long Baseball Stadium. NCNU President Dr. Dong-Sing Wuu (武東星) pointed out that, at six students, the university's female softball players make up nearly one-third of Taiwan's national softball team training for the 2022 Asian Games. With generous support from the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, NCNU is also constructing the country's only sports field tailored for women's softball to train more world-class players and coaches.
Title:NCNU receives global acclaim for sustainability, inclusivity efforts
Summary:After years of being a rumored mountainous institution shrouded in clouds, National Chi Nan University (NCNU) has emerged on the world stage as a globally acclaimed practitioner of sustainable programs, environmental protection, and university social responsibility (USR).
Title:From fruit peels to fragrant beverage: NCNU uncovers the secrets of coffee cherry tea
Summary: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.
Title:Taiwan's Applied Chemistry lands national project, global coverage
Summary: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.
Title:The coffee & charms of Puli, through the lens of Japanese migrants
Summary: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.
Title:NCNU highlights its academic merits for potential applicants
Summary: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.
Title:NCNU archery athletes aim at bullseye fearlessly
Summary:Lee Yen-yo (李諺宥) captured his first individual archery gold medal in university time last week at the National Youth Cup Archery Championships 2021 under the college male students group. He attributed his medal partly to coach Yuan Shu-chi (袁叔琪). Yuan is an Olympics medal winner, including the female individual gold medal of the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, and bronze in the 2004 Athens Olympics. She returned to her hometown Puli, a cradle for archery sports, to coach and teach at NCNU by former NCNU President Su Yuh-long's invitation alongside coaching for my humble house group. Her archery course under the general education curriculum attracts a total of 315 students to sign up for each semester.
Title:LED lighting system for nighttime farming prevents leaf stunting, promotes accelerated growth
Summary:A research paper titled "Optimized LED-Integrated Agricultural Facilities for Adjusting the Growth of Water Bamboo (Zizania latifolia)” by NCNU's multi-department team has been selected by an SCI journal “Applied Sciences” as the cover story of its February issue.
Title:NCNU invites nationwide coordination on global recruitment
Summary:Thanks to Taiwan's stellar pandemic-fighting efforts raising the nation's international visibility as a whole, Dr. Wuu Dong-sing explains that overseas interest in Taiwanese universities has surged as well. President Wuu suggests if the University Entrance Committee can coordinate a global front for Taiwanese universities, it would be a beneficial arrangement for all participating parties. He adds that first-stage trials can begin with targeting neighboring countries including Japan, South Korea, and Thailand. Time-wise, he suggests a small-scale push starting next year.