As a technology university, NKUST has incorporated the strengths of the three former universities -- strong connections with industries, innovation and entrepreneurship, and ocean technology – into the new university and realized synergies through integrating complementary resources and functions.
I. Strong connection with industries
NKUST has established long-term collaborations with regional industries in the engineering fields for more than 50 years, including precision machinery, civil engineering, chemical and material engineering, mold engineering, electrical engineering, and electronic engineering. In line with the school’s historical context, the characteristics of the faculty and students as well as the features of resources, NKUST continues to forge strong connections with industries to cultivate talents with practical skills and maintain excellence in education.
II. Innovation and entrepreneurship
NKUST is the very first entrepreneurial university in Taiwan. Combining academic and administrative resources, the university has created an ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship, fostered innovative and creative culture on campus and developed entrepreneurial features. As a result, NKUST has been designated by the Ministry of Education as the Education Base of Innovation and Maker in Southern Taiwan. The university aims at cultivating students’ creativity, practical skills, cross-disciplinary abilities, and employment competitiveness. These focuses are consistent with the initiatives of the commercialization of knowledge in universities promoted by the Ministry of Education.
III. Ocean technology
NKUST puts a strong emphasis on developing the ocean industries and nurturing marine professionals. With the achievements in industry-academic cooperation and R&D in ocean technology, the university serves as an important base for talents of the ocean industries. NKUST is committed to connecting with the development of the Kaohsiung Harbor area, meeting the demand of local industries, complying with government policies, increasing the value of the ocean industries and achieving sustainable development. NKUST is also the only technology university that fosters talents and professionals in the ocean industries.