Bright spots of accomplishment

2019 Higher Education Sprout Project, Chung Yuan Christian University


Abstract and Bright Spots of Situation for Goal Achievement

With steady and realistic footsteps, the University cultivated deeply the existing advantage in its development, stressed the integration of data analyses on the multi-dimensionality of students’ learning, accepted extensively the information of satisfaction obtained from employers to the University’s graduates, and ensured highly effective tracking of evaluation and decision-making to enhance the effective accomplishment of the goals of the Project. The mechanism for implementing the Project was done by “Joint Meetings of Higher Education Sprout Project” presided by the President of the University to develop the strategy, structure, oversight, and evaluation of the Project. While for each Sub-Project, regular group and taskforce coordinating meetings were held to make sure that the progress and outcome of implementation of the Sub-Project were well under control. Meanwhile, the University established a “Chung Yuan Higher Education Sprout Website” and issued three electronic news – “Higher Education Sprout Bimonthly Journal,” “Excellence in Teaching Bimonthly Journal,” and “Knowledge Communication Quarterly Journal (for the high-school end)” – to provide platforms for the disclosure of information. The bright spots and features of implementing this Project are as follows:


1. Promote Feature-Oriented Innovative Teaching and Develop Adaptability-Oriented Autonomous Learning

To maintain a stable development of Excellence in Teaching, the University promoted colleges as the core and stressed uniqueness and professionalism for each college to take root from both the faculty’s and the student’s perspectives. From the perspective of students, based on the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) quality-assurance cycle mechanism, the University implemented tracking, oversighting, and assessing, and established “Mechanism of Accountability and Quality-Assurance for the Outcome of Student Learning” and compiled “Quality-Assurance Report on Chung Yuan Christian University’s Student Learning Outcome” which were beneficial to the optimization of quality of teaching and the enhancement of outcome of student learning. From the perspective of faculty, the University promoted the observation of innovative teaching methodology overseas; with the established ecological environment for teaching and workshop for innovative teaching, the University proliferated multiple characteristic development of implementing innovative teaching offered by those faculty who have participated in the overseas training programs.


2. Expand International Top-Notch Advantage and Nurture Innovative Industry-Academia Talents

To expand international industry-academia cooperation, the University established a Liaison Office of International Industries to (1) set up industry-academia locations in Southeast Asia to link e-commerce companies and accelerators in Malaysia, Northern Vietnam, Indonesia, etc., (2) incorporate governmental resources to enhance surveying and expanding of South-Bound international markets for interconnecting and matching Thailand’s e-commerce enterprises, venture parks, and Taiwanese businesses stationed in Thailand, and (3) build up with University’s own fund a Smart Innovative R&D Building (to accommodate the Innovation Pilot Center for Theory in Practice) and complete the establishment of smart manufacturing demonstrative production line to become the largest smart manufacturing demonstration and service site among all domestic academia; meanwhile, the governing body of Taoyuan City placed great emphasis on the CYCU’s smart manufacturing to act in concert with the Asian Silicon Valley Development Initiative to become an important platform for technological exchanges, to drive industrial transformations, to promote international cooperation, and to nurture elite talents for the Industry 4.0.


3. Develop Multiple International Cooperation and Bring Up World-Class Elite Talents

To nurture new-generation talents with advantage, the University actively established global networks, such as (1) participated in the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of the United States with students finished the Program being eligible to be placed on the honor roll of NAE, (2) participated in the Service-learning Asia Network (SLAN) to enhance students’ capability for international service-learning, and (3) participated in FutureLearn for international Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to expand the University’s high-quality international courses and to provide opportunities for students to take courses offered by international prestigious universities. In addition, the University held the CYCU Week of Academicians from World Renown Universities and the Global Partner University Expo and Forum, along with signing multiple-university alliance agreements, to increase the channels for students to participate in international exchange programs. Moreover, the University and Temple University of the United States jointly established Dual-Degree Undergraduate Degree-Program in Business Management for students to obtain two bachelor’s degrees on graduation from both universities. Furthermore, the University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and Hon Hai’s Foxconn New Plant of the United States signed a 3-year Institutional Co-Op Educational Cooperation Program to provide the students from UWM with the opportunities to come to CYCU for their exchange studies and for doing internship at the Foxconn plant site. Through these multiple international exchange and collaboration programs, the University enhances its students’ international mobility.


4.Do Well on University Social Responsibility and Implement Promotion of Knowledge Responsibility  

With the spirit of “Holistic Education,” the University encouraged both the faculty and students to bring forth teaching across curriculum and social practice through service learning, taking root at the Greater Taoyuan area and the Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Miaoli area, regarding location creations, regional characteristics, and cares for the underprivileged, through a new mindset of “learning by creativity” to promote knowledge responsibility of the practice of social design. The University also set up “CYCU Knowledge Responsibility Fund” and called for the enterprises, public interest groups, governmental organizations, and mass media to form the “CYCU Practice Alliance for Knowledge Responsibility,” using professional knowledge, technologies, and capabilities through connections and cooperation of resources to systematically push forward knowledge responsibilities, promote local developments, and unleash the university knowledge responsibilities and influences.


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2020 Higher Education Sprout Project, Chung Yuan Christian University


Abstract and Bright Spots of Situation for Goal Achievement

 The Project, as a whole, merged with the National Development Policy together with the Educational Policy to implement University’s Educational Philosophy and to use University’s Affairs Development as the planning guidelines; this Project, with feedback to the Project, conducted project research to press ahead, using effectiveness of student’s learning, the opinions obtained from internally and externally interactive persons, and the information obtained from the Project’s results and their evaluation outcome. The mechanism for oversight and evaluation of the Project was done by “Joint Meetings of Higher Education Sprout Project” presided by the President of the University on a periodic basis to comprehensively review the progress and results of implementation of the Project; meanwhile, the University established a “Chung Yuan Higher Education Sprout Website” and issued three electronic news – “Higher Education Sprout Bimonthly Journal,” “Excellence in Teaching Bimonthly Journal,” and “Knowledge Communication Quarterly Journal (for the high-school end)” – to provide platforms for the disclosure of information. The bright spots and features of implementing this 2020 Project are as follows:


1.  Cultivate Student’s Professional Capability for Narration and Promote Talent Education on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

In response to the National Development Policy and the industrial demands, expected to accomplish two goals – “Cultivating Student’s Professional Capability for Narration” and “Strengthening Talent Education for Core Industries” – a University-level workshop of teaching and learning on capability for narration was established to publish “Reading Strategies: Secret for Instant Combating Power of Capability for Narration,” merging the literacy cultivation of fundamental and professional capabilities for narration into general-education, professional, and capstone courses, with the goal to accomplish student’s professional capability for narration. For the aspect of “Strengthening Talent Education on Core Industries,” the Project focused on the task of talent education on AI. For the aspect of teaching development of teachers, besides collaborating 14 full-time faculty members to publish a book on “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence,” an Enhanced Training Program on AI for the Teachers was developed in cooperation with AI ROBOT at the Tainan Science Park.

For the aspect of student’s education, AI was merged into the fundamental general-education courses – “Introduction to Natural Science,” “Engineering and Science,” “EECS and Human Civilization,” etc. In addition, the number of the practice-oriented teaching facilities was increased to strengthen the University-level AI professional practice classrooms, with the expectation that these facilities would enhance the student’s knowledge and practical abilities.


2. Cultivate Deeply the Key and Top-Notch Areas and Educate Innovative Industry-Academia Talents

Acting in concert with the focal points for pressing ahead of the National Development Plans with multiple and deep cultivation of the University’s key and top-notch areas, in the area of smart manufacturing, the University in collaboration with the Gudeng Precision Industrial Co., Ltd, established the “R&D Center for Smart Manufacturing of Semiconductor Carriers,” with the Chih Hsing Innovation Hall as the base, to carry out advanced research on technological transformation. Moreover, to establish a new initiative of quantum computation, the University published the first college textbook on quantum computation and purchased quantum-computation related facility to become the first university in Taiwan with a room-temperature quantum computer. In the area of the development of membranes, funds were raised to build the “R&D Building for Membranes and Circular Economy” and to set up the industry-academia integrated laboratories. So far, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with a number of companies were signed to establish such integrated laboratories, providing the funds for prospective development membrane researches on “Treatment of Sustainable Water,” “Green Energy,” “Biochemical Separation,” etc. Furthermore, acting in concert with the Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency of Tauyuan City, the University became an important technological-exchange platform, driving industrial transformation and cultivating innovative industry-academia talents.


3. Love under Pandemic Condition and Educate and Care without National Frontiers

As a result of global coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, to ensure the effective learning outcome of teaching, nearly 3,000 courses had been uploaded onto the online teaching platform, providing normal teaching without being affected by the pandemic. The newly established “Special Implementation Program for Students Encountering Family Misfortune Resulting from COVID-19 Pandemic” allowed the University to provide numerous assistances in epidemic prevention measures throughout the process for the incoming foreign students, letting them study with peace of mind. In addition, to promote international mobility and exchange, the University expanded the multiple learning models and formally participated in the FutureLearn International MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Platform, uploading online the pre-recorded all-English course(s) made by faculty of the University in 2021 – emphasizing the establishment of “International MOOC Platform” and planning to set-up “College’s Self-Study Alliance Via Network” and “International Cloud Academy,” encouraging faculty and students to participate in the online international exhibition and competition activities to make known of the University’s R&D accomplishments.


4. Link Organizational Multiple Cooperation and Carry Out Promotion of Knowledge Responsibility

To carry out the social responsibility and influence of the University, domestically, the University worked with the City Government of Tauyuan regarding the related resources for sustainable development to bring forth and to integrate the field space for regional revitalization of the Tauyuan’s 7 administrative districts in the training of 13 Youth Revitalization Teams, letting the University become the promoter of the Greater Tauyuan area development and regional revitalization. Furthermore, for the international exchange and collaboration, the University implemented “International University’s Social Responsibility (USR) Experience Camp,” leading multiple- international students to participate and to know the landscape, the history, and the spirit of USR for Tauyuan. Meanwhile, the University worked with the UCSI University in Malaysia to bring forth the development of transnational regional revitalization organizations, cooperatively offering courses via remote videos. 


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