In 2018, the Ministry of Education (MOE) launched the " Technical Universities’ International Talent Cultivation University Pilot Project " to focus on the development of technical fields with distinctive characteristics and energy, and to cooperate with world benchmarks for technical universities to strengthen the cultivation of professional and technical talent and refine vocational education, in order to increase professional talent with international vision, sophisticated technology use, and internationally competitive technical abilities.
The MOE selected 6 universities to participate in the project, including National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, National Formosa University, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, and National Pingtung University of Science and Technology.
Taking the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) as an example, two new educational programs will be set up. In the next three years, themed with building information modeling, and in cooperation with partner international universities that cultivate outstanding architectural talent, first the bilingual "Building Information Modeling Industry Practice" bachelor-level program and second the "Digital Green Building" master-level program will be established. The former program focuses on foundations in digital and intelligent applications while the latter program incorporates multi-faceted and project-oriented applications for architecture.
One of the international cooperative universities that NTUST works with is the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, with 5,000 students in the School of Planning, Building and the Environment, which ranks 41 (80% based on international reputation) in the world in the architectural field. All this cooperative schools’ bachelor and master degree programs are designed in accordance with standards of national architect and engineer license acquisition. The graduated students have solid practical skills that are tightly linked with the needs of the industry. In addition, NTUST will also be connected to overseas internships where the main partner is Arup Group Limited. Arup is a global company providing design and engineering consulting for all aspects of the building environment and the German branch is especially dedicated to the pursuit of perfection in building technology and research development. This project will include overseas teachers, faculty exchanges, study abroad opportunities, and practical internship for students. The estimated number of teacher and student collaborations will be about 250 in these three years.
The purposes of this project emphasized by the MOE are as follows:
1. Bringing about the cooperation between the technical universities in Taiwan with the world’s benchmark technical universities.
2. Introducing talent cultivation systems such as laboratory establishment, teaching methods, teaching materials and teacher incubation from the international cooperative universities.
3. Improving students’ technical skills, knowledge and international competitiveness, which fit Taiwan’s industrial development needs.
4. Bettering standards in Taiwan’s industrial fields.
5. Equipping Taiwan's industry with a broader vision and international perspective.
If you would like to know more about this project, please contact Mr. Lai at NTUST (contact number: 02-27333141 # 5202).