Volume 15 Issue 4 - September 17, 2010 PDF
University of Glasgow :
Visit by Taiwan Top University R&D Delegation
Professor and Dean
Department of Electrical Engineering
College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan
[July 16, 2010]
This article first appeared in EECS NCKU
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Hosting Delegation:
  1. Dr. Chris Pearce (Acting Dean for Engineering)
  2. Professor Jon Cooper (Professor of Bioelectronics and Bioengineering, jmcooper@elec.gla.ac.uk; http://www.elec.gla.ac.uk/~jmcooper/)
  3. Professor Anna F. Dominiczak (Regius Professor of Medicine and BHF Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Head of Division of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences and Director, BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, ad7e@clinmed.gla.ac.uk)
  4. Professor Graeme Milligan (Director of Research)
  5. Professor Sheila Rowan (Physics and Astronomy lecturer)
  6. Dr. Scott Roy ( Head of Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, s.roy@elec.gla.ac.uk)
  7. Professor John Chapman (Dean of Physical Sciences)
  8. Professor Michael Barrett (Professor of Biochemical Parasitology)
  9. Karen Clinton (Secretarial Assistant to Vice-Principal Research & Enterprise k.clinton@enterprise.gla.ac.uk)
  10. Professor Douglas J. Paul (Professor of Semiconductor Devices, Dept of EEE, d.paul@elec.gla.ac.uk)

Taiwan Delegation:
  1. Prof. Si-Chen Lee, President of NTU (sclee@cc.ee.ntu.edu.tw)
  2. Prof. Ching-Ray Chang, Director General, Department of International Cooperation, National Science Council, Taiwan (crchang@nsc.gov.tw)
  3. Ms. Cheng-Tung Tao, Program Director, Department of International Cooperation, NSC (cttao@nsc.gov.tw)
  4. Prof. Ji-Wang Chern, Dean of R&D, NTU (jwchern@ntu.edu.tw)
  5. Prof. Chao-Tsen Chen, Group Leader of Strategic Planning, Office of R&D, NTU (chenct@ntu.edu.tw)
  6. Prof. Yonhua Tzeng, Dean of College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, National Cheng Kung University (tzengyo@mail.ncku.edu.tw, tzengyo@gmail.com)
  7. Prof. Yeng-Horng Perng, Vice President, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (vpresident@mail.ntust.edu.tw)
  8. Prof. Chen-Yi Lee, Dean of R&D, NCTU (cylee@faculty.nctu.edu.tw)
  9. Prof. Tsun-Yee Chiu, Dean of R&D, National Chang Gung University (dtychiu@mail.cgu.edu.tw)
  10. Prof. Yen-Hsyang Chu, Dean of R&D, NCU (yhchu@jupiter.ss.ncu.edu.tw)
  11. Prof. Chuan-Mu Chen, Dean of R&D, NCHU (chchen1@dragon.nchu.edu.tw)

In the morning on July 16, 2010 a delegation of R&D leaders from seven top universities in Taiwan arrived at University of Glasgow for an official visit with a mission to promote Taiwan-UK collaboration.  We were received by a strong delegation of University of Glasgow with an impressive warm hospitality.  The meeting last until past a working lunch before the Taiwan delegation left for visiting University of Edinburgh in the afternoon.

Campus of University of Glasgow.
As the major university in West Scotland, University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in UK and ranks 79th in the world in 2008 according to Times Higher Education World University Ranking, and 101-150th by Shanghai Jiao Tong University World University Ranking.  Its strength is in clinical medicine and pharmacy which ranks 51-76th in the world.  In 2008-2009, total University earnings for research and related services reached£180M. In 2008-9, the University engaged in knowledge transfer activities totaling £67M, completed 12 new licenses with companies and generated almost £1M in licensing income.

Since its inception in 1451, the University has fostered the talents of six Nobel laureates, one Prime Minister, Scotland’s inaugural First Minister, and the country’s first female medical graduate. Among famous scientists who contributed to the great history of the University are Lord Kelvin, after whom the division of temperature was named, economist Adam Smith and pioneer of television, John Logie Baird.

The University has about 22,000 students, among whom about 17,000 are undergraduates and 5,000 are postgraduates.  One of the unique features of University of Glasgow is that its six thousand staff, including two thousand researchers are affiliated with four multidisciplinary colleges, which was created by merging related colleges to reduce barrier between faculties and promote effectiveness in multidisciplinary collaboration.  It is a mission normally considered very difficult by most universities around the world. As a result, the faculties are able to respond to needs for multidisciplinary research much more effectively.  For example, College of Medicine, Veterinary, and Life Sciences combines three different but related colleges.  For Institutes, for example, neurosciences and psychology are in the same institute.

Delegation of R&D leaders of six top universities from Taiwan led by President Lee of NTU met with hosting delegation of University of Glasgow.
Hosting representatives of University of Glasgow took turns to introduce the strengths and main themes of their research.  The emphasis was on micro and nanoelectronics, low gravity physics, and biomedical sciences.

Although engineering is not among the major strengths of University of Glasgow, it does have active programs in micro/nanoelectronics, bioelectronics, and bioengineering.  The University established the best nanofabrication clean room and has been collaborating with National Taiwan University and TSMC in Taiwan mainly in simulation study of nanoelectronic devices. Among nanodevices accomplished at Glasgow, it was noticed that the smallest diamond transistor was demonstrated in University of Glasgow’s Nanotechnology Center.  NCKU and University of Glasgow have many complementary aspects of research strengths.  During a break before lunch, Dr. Chris Pearce (Acting Dean of Engineering), Dr. Scott Roy (Head of Electric and Electronic Engineering), and Dr. Jon Cooper (Head of Bioelectronics and Bioengineering) kindly guided me across the beautiful campus full of historical neo-Gothic buildings and historical sites.

We visited the Nanotechnology Center which is housed inside a stripped down and completely renovated old building. This Center is equipped three e-beam lithography systems and is the best of its kind in UK.  On the way back to our meeting room, we met the Director of the Center, Professor Douglas J. Paul (Professor of Semiconductor Devices, Dept of EEE).  Dr. Paul told me that the annual operating budget for the Center is about £2M. We also visited the house of Lord Kelvin and observed the original Kelvin clock.  In the old time, University of Glasgow had 9 professors, for whom the University built 9 comfortable houses for them and kept them on campus with close interactions with other researchers and students.
A sign posted in front of the House of William Thomson, Lord Kelvin.
Glasgow’s modern James Watt Nanofabrication Center inside an building.
Kelvin Clock displayed inside the Professor Kelvin’s House in University of Glasgow.
Based on the complementary strengths of NCKU and University of Glasgow, it was suggested that we could actively collaborate in nanotechnology, medical devices and integrated circuit “chip” design.  Through collaboration, faculty and students of University of Glasgow can come to NCKU as visiting scholars and exchange students to work with NCKU faculty and students hand-in-hand using the state-of-the-art chip design software available in the Chip Implementation Center, and the subsequent chip fabrication by TSMC for verification and further characterization.  Our faculty and students can go to University of Glasgow and work with them on project of common interest and learn different and rich culture of Scotland.

With Glasgow’s strength in clinical medicine and NCKU’s strength in engineering, it is advantageous for NCKU’s EECS and engineering students to spend time in Glasgow to implement the true needs by medical professionals.  This most likely will begin with bilateral students exchange in undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  We will follow through with this collaboration soon after the delegation returns to Taiwan.

When we first arrived at University of Glasgow, I was very much impressed by the tall and delicately decorated buildings, which were built one to two hundred years ago.  I was later impressed by the historically famous scientists.  After the half day interactions, I became most impressed by the hospitality and friendship of faculty and staff of the University.  It fully reflected the historical nature of the Scottish people. The delegation concluded the visit at 1pm soon after a working lunch in the meeting room.

Design & Layout : Ivan Tarn, The Banyan Editorial Office
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