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2014 Sep News
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College of Engineering offers 3 additional free courses

Expand your knowledge, enrich your life - Chinese Culture University encourages students to discover new insights by offering free courses additional to the general curriculum. In fall semester 2014, three new course offers have been created at the College of Engineering under the focus: “future-oriented production technology and lifestyle”: “Green energy technologies”, “Knowledge-based lifestyle”, and “Safe information engineering”. This offer is part of the CCU initiatives following globalization, changes in international production, and trends in culture and society.

Picking up new inspiration, CCU gathers and integrates new knowledge and insights into new curricula, and additional course offers. Students have the opportunity to expand their skills and attitudes, and pursue careers driven by creativity and innovation. These courses will add credit points to students’ grades, and participation will be documented with a certificate. Application is easy, and will be executed non-bureaucratically; no extra fees are charged.

“Green energy technology” involves the College of Engineering, the College of Science, the College of Agriculture, and the College of Environmental Design. “Knowledge-based lifestyle” aims at the daily use of electronic products at home, as well as in building and constructing smart living environments, and multimedia communication infrastructures. “Safe information engineering” encompasses the methods of modern communication and how to protect our data in every aspect, including risk assessment and questions of safe data administration.

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Sustainable Development: a long-term commitment

Chinese Culture University has passed the first round of the “2014 National Sustainable Development Award” selection process on sustainable development in education. The award has been initiated by the Committee on Sustainable Development at Taiwan’s Executive Yuan. An extra-curricular research group has been established at CCU for the pragmatic facilitation of this project. Due to the vicinity of Yang Ming Shan National Park, CCU meets the selection criteria as a comprehensive, both specialized and multi-faceted institution of higher education, but has specifically addressed the standards by creating a concept for long-term sustainable development programs, with a focus on establishing a virtual “Grass Mountain ecological exploration tour”, where the different environmental areas of Yang Ming Shan can be experienced and understood in detail. Prior to this, the college of Environmental Design and the Center for Environmental Safety jointly formed a neighborhood exploration group, inviting students and faculty to study sustainable development ideas and methods, and to understand the importance of such tasks within the structures of both a capital city and under rural conditions. Chinese Culture University understands itself as being a part this environment, by sharing a part of history with the Hwa Kang settlement, contributing to the life on Yang Ming Shan, taking care of the local resources, and integrating environmental protection into the university programs.

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Hwa Kang Community Class Schedule APP!

eaching starts and you don’t know where to go? - Free for download now: the new Hwa Kang Class Schedule APP contains the latest timetables, classroom schedules, and a notebook function where students can share information with their fellows. This APP makes it easy to find the details needed for starting the new term on campus. Quick and convenient, courses and classroom information can be found whenever needed, and also any new announcement concerning the selected courses.

Authorized by the University’s Center for Information Communications, this APP is the result of the “Award for innovative practical mobile devices and competitive design”; won by Shen Chao-Xuan (1st) and Wu Jia-Han (2nd). Separately developing an Android and an IOS version, the two students have built their product’s features on the daily life experiences and needs of the crowd on campus. As Wu states, many students use their mobile phones for entering the campus information system in search for data, so there is a big demand, and the APP makes it easier for students to find what they’re looking for, without having to access the university’s website. Shen adds that some students like to know how much time was left for a course to end, and when the next one would start. With the new APP, all this is easy to know now.

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Expanding knowledge, enriching life

Knowledge is a key that helps us to unlock the doors to - so far - hidden worlds. Discovering what lies below the surface of what we only seem to know has always been a driving motivation to those who went to open new horizons. Chinese Culture University encourages students to expand their knowledge beyond limitations, and supports their willingness to add more courses to the general curriculum, by providing extra choices. In fall semester 2014, additional free course offers have been shaped by the College of Liberal Arts, building on the classical teachings of Chinese culture, history and art: “Classical Chinese treasures”, “Informing the present from a rich past”, and “The spirit of Chinese culture” all aim at connecting the modern world of today with the wisdom of an ancient high civilization. The course offers present selected teachings on Chinese art, literature, history, and philosophy. Courses are short in terms of time period but will add to students’ grades, and participation will be documented with a certificate. Application is easy, and will be executed non-bureaucratically; no extra fees are charged. These course offers are part of the Chinese Culture University’s general understanding that expanding knowledge contributes to enriching life, and creating a better world of tomorrow:

“Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.” Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974)

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CCU Alumni – welcoming the “Weather Man”

How is the weather forecast for the official university opening ceremonies? A high-caliber expert is going to share his knowledge with a most attentive audience. After more than 20 years, Jay Williams has become a celebrity of meteorological expertise, his face well-known to a huge audience closely listing to his daily presentations of the weather forecast. From his early days of study at the CCU’s Department of Geography, specializing in Meteorology, Jay Williams has managed to successfully pursue a career in this field, becoming the Head of the CCU Weather Forecast Center. As Taiwan’s media landscape grew and prospered, his expertise was getting famous with ever more channels asking for his advice, until in 1993, he retired from his academic position to fully focus on his presence on TV. In 1997, he founded the Climate Studio, collaborating with China TV (CTV), and turned it into a well-reputed brand within the next 10 years. From 2006 on, he presented a morning show on China Television System (CTS), and since 2010, he gives his forecasts on the Television Broadcasts Satellite channel (TVBS). Jay Williams is not only the first meteorologist with such a widespread, warmly welcomed media presence, but also the only one who has worked with three media channels in Taiwan.

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New Digital and Multimedia Arts Center in Shilin

Next to Jiantan MRT station at the Shilin Night Market area, at the foot of the hills of Yang-Ming-Shan, a new Digital Art Center (DAC) building arises, striving to become Taipei’s new cultural highlight and tourist attraction. The DAC is a collaboration project between the Taipei City government, Architect Rem Koolhaas of O.M.A., and Architect Kris Yao of ARTECH, and aims to serve as a multi-functional theater.

Taiwan’s cultural and creative industries are playing an increasingly vital role in Taiwan’s economy, and in 2016, Taipei is going to be the World Design Capital. The City has been investing in cultural infrastructure over the past eight years, such as Music Center, the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, and the Taipei City Museum. Mayor Hau Lung-Bin hopes that through such efforts of fostering cultural development, more creative talents will be driven to the city, contributing to a lively cultural scene, and strengthening the status of Taipei as a cultural capital.

For more information please visit: Taipei City News

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2014 Taipei Arts Festival (TAF): Ways of Looking

In its 16th year, the Taipei Arts Festival strives to “open the eyes” of the audience under the theme of “looking”. Following the festival theme, many of this year’s productions emphasize visual elements, the festival’s artistic director, Keng Yi-wei (耿一偉) said.

A total of 65 shows of 11 productions will be presented from Aug. 1 to Sept 7 across various venues in Taipei, including the Metropolitan Hall, Taipei Zhongshan Hall, and Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. The 11 productions of performing arts include theater, dance, musicals, stand-up comedy, and puppetry and juggling performances. Among these are cross-country productions, an experimental stage play, and a multimedia play that combines puppetry, live actors, music, animation and documentary footage. The festival is proud to have the works of famous artists participate, like: filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang (蔡明亮), film actor Lee Kang-sheng (李康生), Taiwanese singer-songwriter Bobby Chen (陳昇), film director Lee Chi-yuarn (李啟源) and visual artist Wu Tien-chang (吳天章), and Antony Hamilton.

Taipei Arts Festival (TAF) is presented by Taipei City Government and co-organized by Taipei City Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Taipei Culture Foundation. It’s main idea is to promote Taipei as a hub for international participation, by not only introducing works of originality and creativity, but also by producing cross-genre performances, cultural exchange with other cities, supporting promising artists, and establishing its status in the Chinese speaking world.

For more information please visit: http://eng.taipeifestival.org.tw/