Five NKUST USR Projects Light Up 2022 USR EXPO
Release Date 6 Dec 2022 Mandarin
The Ministry of Education (MOE) held the 2022 USR EXPO at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei on Dec 6.
The University has five USR projects that attended this grand event covering issues such as the ocean, fishery, education, agriculture, ecology, environment, and regional revitalization. These projects presented the University's capacities to explore various sustainable issues, which specially focused their resources on areas in southern Taiwan.
NKUST USR teams demonstrated the University's social responsibilities with a sense of mission to fulfill sustainable development by providing feasible solutions to address local problems.
The University has transformed these USR projects into courses. Both teachers and students have to learn to integrate resources from different aspects to achieve sustainable development by providing concrete and viable solutions after listening to local residents' opinions and needs.
In this year’s USR EXPO, President Yang, Ching-Yu was invited to deliver a keynote speech on “Sustainable University: Cultivating Academic Talents of the Next Generation for Future Education.”
President Yang’s speech focused on promoting university policies to support USR, motivating people toward sustainability, and sharing the USR primary strategy and the vision to bring a win-win solution for locals and the University.
“Sustainability will never be a passing fad. It requires the University to execute this goal with determination and courage. With this in mind, NKUST builds up an administrative, academic, and bonus system to bolster all USR teams, giving everyone strong backing.”
“Sustainability will never be a passing fad. It requires the University to execute this goal with determination and courage. With this in mind, NKUST builds up an administrative, academic, and bonus system to bolster all USR teams, giving everyone strong backing,” says President Yang.
In the 2022 USR EXPO, 196 USR project teams from 91 colleges and universities, as well as many socially active groups, attended this event to present their hard work throughout the past year.
There were 5 USR teams from the University took part in the event, including Lin-Jia Friendly Fishing Environment, Revitalizing Yung An Fishing Village: A Project to Develop Innovative Local Products (Yung An USR Project), Yanchao-Placemaking: the Departure for Modern Agriculture (Yanchao-Placemaking Project), Living in a Peach-Blossom Xanadu: A Resilient Township Transformation Project for Kaohsiung Mountain Areas (Township Transformation Project), and e-WATCHER.
As “LIGHT UP” was the theme for the 2022 USR EXPO, all USR teams conceived various activities to comply with the theme, such as exhibit booths, photography shows, microfilms, and USR Talk exhibits.
Also, all USR teams displayed their achievements executed in 10 administrative districts in Kaohsiung and Pingtung cities, which enraptured visitors.
Several schools took the EXPO as a great platform to exchange their USR experiences with each other and look forward to having inter-university or cross-disciplinary cooperation in the future.
Years of dedication, excellence in execution, and accountability have earned the University’s USR teams renown.
The University has received a Model Schools Award of University Social Sustainability Awards held by Global Views Monthly for two consecutive years. CommonWealth Magazine also selected NKUST as one of the top 5 USR universities for three consecutive years.
Besides, the University won 5 golds, 3 silvers, and 3 bronzes in the TSAA over the past three years. The University made extraordinary accomplishments and extended its academic influences to peripheral communities through the perseverance spirit to boost sustainability development.
Translated/Edited by Jess Lin