Volume 6 Issue 7 - November 21, 2008

Research Express@NCKU Nov. 21 ~ Nov. 27, 2008


Opportunities from NCKU
  • Osaka University Intensive Program for International Students
  • Inside Japan
    February 9 - 16, 2009
    Course A: Manga/anime, Social Welfare for the Elderly and Robotics
    Course B: Cutting-edge Nanotechnology

    Discover real Japanese life and its future trends in Osaka. An exciting and diverse program has been designed for those who wish to discover something about Japanese culture and technology. Students can take one of two courses: the Japanese Manga/anime, Social Welfare for the Elderly and Robotics course; or the Cutting-edge Nanotechnology course. Course-related excursions will provide participants with an opportunity to observe Japanese popular culture and high-tech companies in Kyoto.
    Time schedule
    Course duration: February 9 to 16, 2009
    Language base
    All lectures in the programs will be given in English.
    Non-native English speakers should have a level of English proficiency sufficient to follow these lectures.
    Applicants must be sophomore, junior or senior students with language score above TOFEL iBT 80.
    Application material
    1. A completed Intensive Program Application Form.
    2. A certificate of enrollment from your home university or institution form.
    3. A short essay of approximately 300 words in total.
    4. A short essay of approximately 300 words in total.
    5. The program fee must be transferred to the specified bank account by December 31, 2008. (It will take three days for the bank to process international money transfers ) To download application form: http://ex.isc.osaka-u.ac.jp/spring2009/application.html
    Fees and expenses
    Course fees: about 50,000 yen
    Insurance fees: about 6,020 yen
    Meal expense for 10 days and local transportation cost: about 23,000 yen
    Application deadline:
    please apply with complete material before Friday
    November 21st 2008 to Office of International Affairs
    Contact person: Ms. Liang
    Tel: 2757575 ext 50961
  • English Business Plan Contest
  • Objective:
    To stimulate students to combine English with their inspiration and creativity, and their innovation action and business consciousness in innovative humanities, and to promote commercialization of skills and service and business planning capabilities.

    Submission date of English business plan: November 17th to 5 P.M. November 20th, 2008
    Contest time:18:00-22:00, Thursday, November 27th, 2008
    Contest place: B1 Hsiu-Chi Lecture Hall, Hsiu-Chi Building
    Contest procedure:
    Please submit 4 copies of the English business plan in A4 size and up to 3 pages a week before the contest. The participant team can use various forms to present their business plan to win approval from the judges. The contest will be proceeded in English, and the procedure is as below:
    Group introduction: 5 minutes
    Business plan presentation: 20 minutes
    Q & A: 10 minutes
    Innovative domains:
    Digital video and audio, culture and arts, business and industry design, leisure service, communication and media, Internet technology, health lifestyle, etc.
    Eligibility for participation:
    All NCKU students are eligible to participate. The recommended group size is 3-5 people. Also, cross Department and College collaboration is recommended.
    Evaluation criteria:
    The judges will evaluate the business plan from the investors’ perspective.
    Innovation: 30%
    Comprehensiveness: 20%
    Applicability and value: 30%
    Presentation performance: 10%
    Cross Department and College group: 10%
    Business delegates, extramural faculty and experts from College of Planning and Design and College of Administration.
    Awards and prizes:
    First prize: NT $ 30,000 and Award Sheet
    Second prize: NT$ 20,000 and Award Sheet
    Third prize: NT $ 10,000 and Award Sheet

    NCKU English Eagle Project Office, Room 26504
    Hsiu-Chi Building, Kuang-Fu Campus, NCKU
    No.1 Ta-Hsueh Road, Tainan City 701, Taiwan
    Fax&Phone: 886-6-2348653; 886-6-2757575 ext. 52258
    Project assistant:Shu-Yun Liu

Opportunities from Others
  • Elite Project
    The reason that the NSC uses the name “Po Lo” for ” Elite Project”in English to designate the program is highly symbolic. Elites were a legendary figure who is well-known for his abilities to spot and recognize “horses of one thousand miles” (excellent horses that can run far and fast). The Elite Project is meant to recognize and recruit Taiwan’s “best and the brightest” abroad who are capable of transferring new technologies to Taiwan’s industries. On the other hand, those who are invited back to Taiwan would hope to meet the Po Los who can recognize and appreciate their forte and expertise.

    The project recruits primarily through the NSC’s Science-technology Division attached to Taiwan’s official mission overseas (usually under the name of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office), which identifies and recommends the potential candidates to apply. The evaluation committee set up by NARL would then screen and select the applicants. Overseas senior professionals specialized in the following key fields are given precedence by the recruitment office.1) Basic sciences, 2) biomedical science and technology, 3) image displays, 4) digital contents,5) information and communication technology, 6) semiconductors, 7) energy science and technology, 8) environmental science, oceanography and natural disasters, 9) nano and advanced material science and technology, 10) key service industries, 11) international law and politics, and 12) humanities and arts.

    The Project invites 20-25 elite professionals annually and pays for their round-trip airfare and perdiem expenses for a duration ranging from one to three months. The NARL helps set up their visits to local agencies. Through their lectures, seminars, short-term courses or joint research endeavors, the invitees can thus demonstrate their expertise and speciality, and share their experience in problem solving and managerial know how with the local audiences. Such kinds of interactions facilitate possible follow-up collaboration between the invitees and local organizations.

    For more information, please visit: http://elite.narl.org.tw/clientQueryAction.do?method=queryIntro&type=1
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