NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
BANYAN  Research Express@NCKU
Volume 3 Issue 2 - January 18, 2008
Commentary
Jer-Nan Juang
National Applied Research Laboratories Preparing To Soar High Again
Article Digest
Chung-Hsien Wu
Movement Epenthesis Generation for Video Synthesis of Sign Language
Chen-Kuei Chung
Thermal Induced SiC Nanoparticles Formation from Si/C/Si Multilayer Deposited by Ion Beam Sputtering
Mei-Jywan Syu
Designing a molecularly imprinted polymer as an artificial receptor for the specific recognition of creatinine in serums
Liang-Hsuan Chen
A mathematical programming method for formulating a fuzzy regression model based on distance criterion
SH Chen
Efficient reactivation of latent herpes simplex virus from mouse central nervous system
Article Digest
Ruey-Juin Rau
Coseismic source model of the 2003 Mw 6.8 Chengkung earthquake, Taiwan, determined from GPS measurements
News Release
News
Solomon Ortiz, Senior Member of the United States House of Representative, Visits National Cheng Kung University for the Legacy of Father of Boeing
News
“Grandpa and Grandson” by NCKU Professor Chi-Wu Mao Reprinted in Color
Opportunities
Activities
Editorial Group
National Applied Research Laboratories Preparing To Soar High Again
Jer-Nan Juang

In order to keep pace with the ever-increasing pace of technological developments and to meet the nation’s technological research needs of the future, Taiwan’s National Science Council (NSC) founded the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) in June of 2003. The agency was created with the purpose of promoting Taiwan’s technological development via a more flexible incorporated organization. This new arrangement allows the National Laboratories limitless opportunities to explore new advances in technology by utilizing its expert facilities management and manpower resources.

NARL is currently made up of the following ten laboratories: National Nano Device Laboratories (NDL), National Laboratory Animal Center (NLAC), National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), National Space Organization (NSPO), National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), National Chip Implementation Center (CIC), Instrument Technology Research Center (ITRC), Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center (STPI), National Center for Ocean Research (NCOR), and the National Center for Typhoon & Flood Research. Additionally, NARL also administers funding for the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR).

The four primary missions of NARL are to establish R&D platforms, support academic research, promote leading-edge science and technology, and to foster high-tech manpower. In addition, NARL will also begin to promote the vertical integration of the nation’s technology development system. Ultimately, NARL intends to transform itself into a research institute of international renown.

Though NARL has been in existence for four and a half years, there is still room for growth and improvement. NARL’s ten laboratories each specializes in a different area of research. In the past, their projects and operations have been independent of one another. As a result, inter-laboratory collaboration has been very limited and as a result fulfilling their individual research capacity has not been fully realized.

Additionally, no consensus has been reached on the future expectations of NARL. Priority issues that NARL must address include how to face future challenges considering its current missions, how to redefine its policies, and how to explore developmental opportunities and vision. Also, NARL must also tackle the urgent issues of creating a development strategy for the future, implementing project and management hierarchies, and rejuvenating the organization’s work culture and ethic.

In the grand scheme of the nation’s technology agencies, NARL belongs in the arena of applied research. Within its current structure, it is difficult for NARL to produce a theoretical breakthrough in basic research endeavors. It is also challenging for NARL to generate a real economic impact in product development. Because of this, NARL’s contribution to the society gains little attention and in fact, occasionally generates skepticism from the outside world. Consequently, NARL’s budget has been inhibited. As a result, in order to achieve sustainable operation of NARL, there must be new breakthroughs to re-establish NARL’s visibility and position, and to construct a more effective project management and operations mechanism. These are essential for the rejuvenation of NARL and will assist NARL in facing the new era. Below is a summary of our ideas for the future growth and development of NARL :


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