National Pingtung University of Science and Technology

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Coordinates: 22°38′27″N 120°35′44″E / 22.64083°N 120.59556°E / 22.64083; 120.59556

National Pingtung University of Science and Technology
國立屏東科技大學
NPUST Gates.JPG
Motto 仁實[1]
Motto in English
Benevolent and True
Established Founded 1924
Type Public
President Chang-Hsien Tai, Ph.D.
Location Neipu, Pingtung County,  Taiwan
Campus 704.25 acres (2.8500 km2)
Website Chinese (English)

National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST; Chinese: 國立屏東科技大學; pinyin: Guólì Píngdōng Kējì Dàxué) is a public university in Neipu Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan. NPUST occupies the largest unified campus grounds[citation needed] in all of Taiwan. It was established in April 1924 and over the years it has undergone several restructurings and name-changes. The current name of National Pingtung University of Science and Technology was adopted in August 1997. The university is the only[citation needed] university in Taiwan to host a Rescue Center for Endangered Wild Animals, Shelter for Stray Dogs and Working Dog Training School. In addition to the Neipu Campus, NPUST also has additional land in Kenting National Park and Taitung County.

Academics[edit]

Currently NPUST has 26 departments, 35 Master’s programs, eight Doctoral programs, one International Bachelor’s degree program, and two International Master’s Degree programs distributed among the College of Agriculture, College of Engineering, College of Management, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, International College and College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently NPUST has 428 full-time faculty members and 11,558 students, including 229 PhD candidates, 2,220 graduate students and 9,109 bachelor’s students.

College of Agriculture[edit]

  • Department of Plant Industry
  • Department of Forestry
  • Department of Aquaculture
  • Department of Animal Science
  • Department of Plant Protection
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Wood Science and Design
  • Department of Food Science
  • Department of Wildlife Conservation
  • Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Life Science
  • Department of Bioresources
  • Department of Animal Vaccine Technology

College of Engineering[edit]

  • Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Department of Soil and Water Conservation
  • Department of Vehicle Engineering
  • Department of Biomechatronics Engineering
  • Department of Material Engineering

College of Management[edit]

  • Department of Agribusiness Management
  • Department of Rural Planning and Landscaping
  • Department of Management Information Systems
  • Department of Industrial Management
  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management
  • Department of Apparel
  • Graduate Institute of Finance
  • Graduate Institute of Management of Innovation and Technology
  • Institute of Landscape Architecture and Recreation Management

College of Humanities and Social Sciences[edit]

  • Center for General Education
  • Department of Teacher Education Program
  • Department of Social Work
  • Department of Modern Languages
  • Department of Recreational Sports and Health Promotion
  • Department of Vocational and Technical Education
  • Department of Child Care
  • Graduate Institute of Vocational and Technical Education

History[edit]

  • 1924: The Kaohsiung State Pingtung Extension School of Agriculture (高雄州立屏東農業補習學校) was established in the Kurogane-cho, Heito district of Pingtung (the current location of the Pingtung Night Market under the Fuxing Rd. Bridge), recruiting three-year agricultural science students. The Japanese national university president administrating the university at the time was Takeo Torii.
  • 1928: The school was renamed as Kaohsiung State Pingtung Agricultural School (高雄州立屏東農業學校) and the three-year system was changed to a five-year system focusing on either agriculture or livestock. Elementary school graduates were recruited.
  • 1945: The school was renamed as Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Vocational School of Agriculture ( 臺灣省立屏東農業職業學校). Pingtung Vocational School of Agriculture, together with the Taihoku Imperial University (currently National Taiwan University), Taihoku College (currently National Taiwan Normal University), Taichung Agricultural College (currently National Chung Hsing University) and Taiwan Provincial College of Engineering (currently National Cheng Kung University) were referred to as “the five major learning institutions”.
  • 1954: The Taiwan Provincial Institute of Agriculture (臺灣省立農業專科學校) was established at the Minsheng East Rd. campus (currently home to the National Pingtung Institute of Commerce) President Yugang Wang of Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Vocational School of Agriculture also served as president of the newly established institute. At the beginning Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Vocational School of Agriculture classrooms were borrowed to hold classes.
  • 1963: Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Vocational School of Agriculture was upgraded to a five-year technical school and merged with Taiwan Provincial Institute of Agriculture.
  • 1964: Taiwan Provincial Institute of Agriculture changed its name to Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Institute of Agriculture (臺灣省立屏東農業專科學校).
  • 1975: The Agricultural Engineering program was renamed as the Agricultural and Civil Engineering program. In the same year a directive was given to end the five year system. Three programs including plant protection, use of forest resources, and agricultural economics were also established.
  • 1980: The agricultural economics program was divided into an agricultural economics group and home economics group.
  • 1981: Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Institute of Agriculture was centralized and changed its name to National Pingtung Institute of Agriculture (國立屏東農業專科學校).
  • 1989: The institute migrated from its Pingtung City campus (later used by National Pingtung University of Education) to a 283 hectare campus in its current Neipu location.
  • 1990: The 285 hectare Baoli Experimental Forest Management Area was established in Checheng Township,
  • 1991: The institute was upgraded to National Pingtung Polytechnic Institute (國立屏東技術學院). Carson Kung-Hsien Wu served as the first president of the institute. New day-time, two-year programs were established involving 13 departments: Crop Production Technology, Forest Resources Technology, Aquaculture Technology, Animal Production Technology, Plant Protection Technology, Veterinary Medicine Technology, Environmental Protection Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Resource Conservation Technology, Forest Products Processing Technology, Food Sciences Technology and Agricultural Management Technology. Technical school graduates were recruited for studies in each of these departments. New day-time, four-year programs were also established with the five departments of: Crop Production Technology, Food Technology, Agricultural Management Technology (divided into a farming group and rural domestic group), and Rural Planning Technology. Vocational school graduates were recruited for studies in each of these departments.
  • 1992 the Agricultural Management Technology Department’s Agricultural Economics Group and Home Economics group were each established as independent departments.
  • 1993 the Agricultural Management Technology Department changed its name to the Department of Agribusiness Management. The Home Economics Department changed its name to the Department of Applied Life Sciences. Master’s programs were newly established in the three departments of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Information Management Systems was also established.
  • 1994: The Department of Resource Conservation changed its name to the Department of Soil and Water Conservation. The Department of Child Care, Department of Business Administration, and Department of Industrial Management were added.
  • 1995: The Food Sciences Department Master’s program was added.
  • 1996: The Department of Vehicle Engineering was added.
  • 1997: The institute became a technology university and its name was changed to National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (國立屏東科技大學) and Dr. Shan-Da Liu served as the first university president. At this time the three colleges of Agriculture Industry, Management Technology, and Industrial Technology were established and the Tropical Agriculture Research Institute Graduate Program, Department of Veterinary Medicine Master’s Program and Department of Wildlife Conservation were added.
  • 1998: The College of Industrial Technology changed its name to College of Engineering Technology. The word “technology” was removed from the name of each of the departments.
  • 1999: The Department of Forestry, Department of Soil and Water Conservation, Department of Agribusiness Management, and Department of Animal Husbandry each added Master’s programs.
  • 2000: The three colleges of Agriculture Industry, Management Technology, and Industrial Technology changed their names to the College of Agriculture, College of Engineering and College of Management, respectively. The Department of Applied Linguistics, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Department of Social Work, Department of Plant Conservation Master’s Program, Industrial Management Master’s Program, and Food Science PhD Program were added. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences was also established.
  • 2001: the Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Graduate Institute for Technical and Vocational Education Master’s Program, Department of Business Administration Master’s Program, Graduate Institute of Biological Science and Technology Master’s Program, Department of Wood Industry Master’s Program, Department of Aquaculture Master’s Program, Department of Wildlife Conservation Master’s Program, Institute for Tropical Agriculture PhD Program, and Department of Veterinary Medicine PhD Program were established. The Department of Applied Life Science changed its name to the Department of Fashion Management and Technology.
  • 2002: Master’s programs were added to the Department of Child Care, Department of Vehicle Engineering, Department of Rural Planning, and Department of Plant Industry. The Institute of Tropical Agriculture changed its name to the Institute of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation
  • 2003: Executive Master’s Program of Business Administration was renamed the Executive Master’s of Business Administration. Also, the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering PhD Program and Graduate Institute of Materials Engineering Master’s Program were added.
  • 2004: The Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation was added and integrated with the Institute of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation. The Department of Wood Industry changed its name to the Department of Wood Science and Design. The Graduate Institute of Bioresources PhD Program, Department of Biometronics Engineering Master’s Program and Graduate Institute of Finance Master’s Program were added.
  • 2005: The Graduate Institute of Plant Science PhD Program, the Graduate Institute of Landslide Prevention and Water Resource Engineering PhD Program, and Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccination Technology Master’s Program were added. The Department of Industrial Management and Agribusiness Management merged to become the Department of Business Administration. The Department of Agribusiness Management Master’s Program was independently established as the Graduate Institute of Agribusiness Management. The Department of Industrial Management Master’s Program was independently established as the Graduate Institute of Industrial Management. The Department of Rural Planning Master’s Program changed its name to the Graduate Institute of Landscape Architecture and Recreation Management. The Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management changed its name to the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management.
  • 2006: The Graduate Institute of Management of Innovation and Technology Master’s Program, Graduate Institute of Hakka Cultural Industry Master’s Program, and Department of Social Work Master’s Program were added. The Department of Business Administration reorganized and changed its name to the Department of Business Management. The Department of Business Administration Master’s Program was established as the Graduate Institute of Business Administration. The Department of Biosystems Engineering changed its name to the Department of Biometronics Engineering.
  • 2007: The Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Recreation Management changed its name to the Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The Department of Business Management divided into the Department of Industrial Management, Department of Business Administration, and Department of Agribusiness Management.
  • 2008: The Department of Plant Conservation changed its name to the Department of Plant Medicine. The Department of Animal Husbandry changed its name to the Department of Animal Science.
  • 2009: The Department of Fashion Management and Technology changed its name to the Department of Fashion Design and Management. The Graduate Institute of Plant Science PhD Program reorganized and changed its name to the Department of Plant Industry PhD Program. Also, the Graduate Institute of Landslide Prevention and Water Resource Engineering PhD Program reorganized and changed its name to the Department of Civil Engineering PhD Program.
  • 2010: The Department of Fashion Design and Management Master’s Program was added. The Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation separated from the College of Agriculture and expanded to form the International College.
  • 2011: Department of Life Science and Graduate Institute of Biological Science and Technology merged to form the Department and Graduate Institute of Biological Science and Technology. The International College was established. The Department of Applied Linguistics Master’s Program was added. The Department of Veterinary Medicine separated from the College of Agriculture and expanded to form the College of Veterinary Medicine. The Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccine Technology transferred to the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • 2012: The Institute of Wildlife Conservation transferred to the College of Veterinary Medicine. The International Master Program in Food Science was newly established as part of the International College.
  • 2013: The Environmental Resources and Disaster Prevention Continuing Education Four-Year Degree Program was established in the College of Engineering and the International Master Program in Soil and Water Engineering was established in the International College.
  • 2014: The Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management Master’s Program was added.

General Information[edit]

School Motto[edit]

Benevolent and True: It is expected that all teachers and students have these spirits – be benevolent and practical.[1]

Location[edit]

Located in the foothills of Northwestern Neipu Township in Pingtung County, with the Dawu Mountains in the backdrop, the nearby Donggang River and the vast and beautiful landscape, NPUST gained a reputation for its natural beauty. The campus is grounds cover 298.3 hectares, arranged in a park-like setting which provides students with an excellent environment to develop their skills, character, and physical and mental wellbeing. NPUST is approximately 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the Pingtung Train Station and the trip takes around 30 minutes by car. Regular busses allows for convenient commuting. In addition to the Neipu Campus, NPUST also has an additional 285 hectares in the Baoli Forest of Kenting National Park and a 576 hectare Daren Ranch in Taitung County.

Geographic Features[edit]

  • Geography

The university is situated at the eastern end of the plains of Pingtung on a group of gentle foothills which are separated from the higher hills and mountains to the east by the Dong-gang Stream. The mountains in the backdrop are part of the southern section of the Central Mountain Range. Part of this range, North Dawu Mountain has an elevation extending from 130 meters to 3,092 meters above sea level, covering a land area of approximately 47,000 hectares. Currently it is the largest and most complete forest reserve in Taiwan.

  • Climate

The university is located south of the Tropic of Cancer and is part of the tropical monsoon climate system. The annual temperature spread is not large, with a hot climate during the period extending from the end of March up until the middle of November and a more moderate climate from December to the following March. During the summer season it is humid and rainy, with an average high of 30-33 °C and lows of 24-26 °C. In the winter the climate is dryer, with average highs of 24-27 °C and lows of 16-19 °C. In the winter, this area is less affected by cold fronts than other places in Taiwan, with average maximum dips of 3-4 °C. On fairer winter days the highs can reach 28-30 °C.

Research[edit]

In the future, NPUST will continue to transform itself into a world-class institute of agricultural academics and research and is cooperating with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization to establish an International Education College. The International Institute for Infrastructural, Agriculture and Environmental Engineering (IAE) provides industry services and helps to strengthen academic industrial production. Currently it has established 14 centers for research and development:

  • (1) Animal Vaccine and Adjuvant Technology R&D Center
  • (2) Development Center for Active Natural Products
  • (3) Taiwan Primate Research Center
  • (4) Civil Engineering Technology Service Center
  • (5) Wood Processing Technology Service Center
  • (6) Environmental Sciences Service Center
  • (7) Aquaculture Inspection Center
  • (8) Food Technology Service Center
  • (9) Landscaping Service Center
  • (10)Soil and Water Conservation Technical Service Center
  • (11)Rescue Center for Endangered Wild Animals
  • (12)Vehicle Technology Research and Service Center
  • (13)South Region Animal Diseases Diagnostic Center

Research Centers[edit]

  • (1) Emerging Compounds Research Center
  • (2) Development Center for Active Natural Products
  • (3) E-business R & D center
  • (4) Animal Vaccine and Adjuvant Research Center
  • (5) Asian Pacific Research Center for Tropical Agriculture
  • (6) Research Center for Green-Powered Vehicle Technology
  • (7) The Center of Research on Advanced Solar Cell Technology
  • (8) Research Center for Industry Innovation and Patent Strategy
  • (9) Multicultural Industry Research Center
  • (10)老建築典藏研究中心 Research Center for Collections of Historic Architecture

Presidents[edit]

The Kaohsiung State Pingtung Extension School of Agriculture

July, 1924 — March, 1928 Takeo Torii

Kaohsiung State Pingtung Agricultural School

April, 1928 — May, 1928 Hiroshitani Chiin
May, 1928 — February, 1929 Tosaki Fumio
March — May, 1929 Hiroshitani Chiin
May — June, 1929 Naoyuki Yamaguchi
June, 1929 — September,1938 Fukuda Kataro
September — November, 1938 Hoshino Tsutomu
Sawada Tadashi
Hattori Seiebisu
Ogawa Shigerutomi (served until Oct. 1945)

Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Vocational School of Agriculture

November — December, 1945 Lao-Chih Lu
January, 1946 — May, 1947 Chi-tsing Liao
May, 1947 — July, 1952年7 Lin-tsang Chen
July, 1952 — May, 1959 Yugang Wang

Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Vocational School of Agriculture

May, 1959 — July, 1963 Yugang Wang

Taiwan Provincial Institute of Agriculture

September, 1954 — February, 1964 Yugang Wang

Taiwan Provincial Pingtung Institute of Agriculture

March, 1964 — July, 1967 Yugang Wang
August, 1967 — February, 1971 Kai Chang
February, 1971 — September, 1972 Lok-Chien Lin
September, 1972 — June, 1981 Meng-sian Guo

National Pingtung Institute of Agriculture

July, 1981 — September, 1984 Meng-sian Guo
September, 1984 — June, 1991 Kong-sien Wu

National Pingtung Polytechnic Institute

July, 1991 — September, 1993 Kong-sien Wu
September, 1993 — July, 1997 Shan-Da Liu

National Pingtung University of Science and Technology

August, 1997 — May, 2002 Shan-Da Liu
May, 2002 — July, 2006 Chang Hong Zhou
August, 2006 — July, 2014 Yuan-Kuang Guu
August, 2014 — Present Chang-Hsien Tai

Academic Departments[edit]

College of Agriculture College of Engineering College of Management College of Humanities and Social Sciences International College College of Veterinary Medicine
Graduate Institute of Bioresources (PhD program) Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (with Master’s and PhD programs) Mechanical Engineering (with Master’s program) Graduate Institute of Landscape Architecture and Recreation Management (Master’s program) Graduate Institute of Vocational and Technical Education (master’s program) Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation (with Master’s and PhD programs) Department of Veterinary Medicine (with Master’s and PhD programs)
Department of Biological Science and Technology (with Master’s program) Department of Civil Engineering (with Master’s program) Graduate Institute of Financial (Master’s program) Graduate Institute of Hakka Cultural Industry (master’s program) Chinese Language Center Animal Diseases Diagnostic Center
Department of Food Science (with Master’s and PhD programs) Department of Water Conservation (with Master’s program) Graduate Institute of Management of Innovation Technology (Master’s program) Department of Social Work (with master’s program) International Master Program in Soil and Water Engineering Graduate Institute of Animal Vaccine Technology (Master’s program)
Department of Plant Industry (with Master’s and PhD programs) Department of Vehicle Engineering (with Master’s program) Department of Agribusiness Management (with Master’s program) Department of Modern Languages (with master’s program) International Master Program in Food Science Graduate Institute of Wildlife Conservation (Master’s program)
Department of Forestry (with Master’s program) Department of Biomechatronics Engineering (with Master’s program) Department of Management Information Systems (with Master’s program) Department of Recreational Sports and Health Promotion(with master’s program) Animal Hospital
Department of Aquaculture (with Master’s and PhD programs) Department of Materials Engineering (with Master’s program) Department of Industrial Management (with Master’s program) Department of Child Care (with master’s program)
Department of Animal Science (with Master’s program) Bachelor Program in Environmental Resources and Disaster Prevention Business Administration Industrial Management (with Master’s program) Center for Teacher Education Program
Department of Plant Medicine (with Master’s program) Center for Water Resources Educations and Studies Department of Fashion Design and Management (with Master’s program) Center for General Education
Department of Wood Science and Design (with Master’s program) Emerging Compounds Research Center Department of Hospitality Recreation Management (with Master’s program)
Asian Pacific Research Center for Tropical Agriculture Executive Masters in Business Administration

Notable Alumni[edit]

Academia[edit]

  • Chaur-Tzuhn Chen Administrative Vice President and Director of Academic Affairs, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology
  • Fu-Sung Chiang Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Taiwan Ocean University
  • Ching-Ho Huang Director of Academic Affairs, National Huwei Agricultural & Industrial Vocational Senior High School

Industry[edit]

  • Lung-Mu Chen Known-You Seed Co. Ltd. Chairman.
  • Donald P.H. Wu Developed the world’s first four-wheel electric pallet truck, called the “Wu's Tech Pallet Truck”
  • Quan-Jin Wu Developed a fully automated water curtain, environmental-control chicken coop

Arts[edit]

  • Che Zhan, Peasant Movement Poet
  • Jen-Shiu Hsu, Society of Wilderness, President; natural ecosystems photographer
  • Wu Sheng, Contemporary Author
  • Michael Huang, Chief Executive Director, Sharp Point Press
  • Shi-Jye Jin, Actor
  • Huang An, Singer, TV host
  • Su Chung, General Director, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "University Motto". NPUST. Retrieved 2014-10-03. 

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