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Promising academia-industry collaboration model and how it works

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Promising academia-industry collaboration model and how it works

Hosted by the Ministry of Education and co-hosted by Taipei Tech, the 2017 APEC Career and Technical Education (CTE) Taipei Forum was held on April 25 at the GIS Taipei Tech Convention Center. Delegates from over 7 countries gathered on campus to exchange their experiences and thoughts on industry-academia cooperation models. Taipei Tech President Wenlung Li, Political Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education Leehter Yao, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Labor Sanquei Lin, Papua New Geinea APEC Ambassador and Senior Official Ivan Pomaleu, and Director General of the Department of International Organizations Peiyung Hsh were all invited and attended the big event. The current project, Skills Training in Industry-Academia Collaboration in CTE: Best practices and implementation in the engineering, hospitality and innovative entrepreneurship fields, is a follow-up project to the one completed in 2015, when APEC member economies were invited to come and discuss collaboration models in the fields of engineering, health care, and hospitality and tourism. By 2017, the first couple of Taiwan student cohorts will have already graduated and been employed by partner companies, so delegates from APEC economies may compare the fruits of such collaborations through interaction with the industry and the students themselves. This workshop will be an opportunity for participating economies to discuss the effects of such partnerships and other models in vocational education which can be applied to CTE in each economy.

Taipei Tech President Wenlung Li noted that this is the third time in four years that this event has been held in Taipei, addressing the issue of TVET (technological and vocational education and training) and its sustainable development within the APEC region; Taipei Tech is proud to be the co-organizer and participant. The impact of TVET on individual development, industrial transformation, and economic growth in the globalization context cannot be overstated. Since 2014, Taipei Tech has launched a number of programs of Career and Technical Education in various professional sectors in order to equip students with technical skills and hands-on experiences upon their graduation.

The Ministry of Education has been focus on 5+2 industry (Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency, bio-medical, green, smart machinery, aeronautic, agriculture, and circular economy ) since last year and lots of universities put efforts into those domain said Leehter Yao, the Political Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education. In two years, we hope that we can share our achievement with partners within APEC region. Also, the Ministry of Education has different plans for students to fulfill industry’s need such as Industrial-Academic Cooperation Training Plan and Industry School Program to name a few.

During the forum, the collaboration model between Taipei Tech and its partner industry, TBI MOTION, has gained a lot of attention. In order to fully showcase the result to the audience, Taipei Tech invited not only TBI MOTION’s representatives but also the former university’s student who participated in the program and later on become an employee of TBI MOTION to share his first-hand experience.

Stella Lien, Sale Representative of TBI MOTION, noted that the company has started applying the concept of industry-academia collaboration since 1998 when they use mentoring and recruit cooperative education student in their company. Today, they develop industry internship with several universities including Taipei Tech. Work closely with the academia partners, company provides opportunities for students to practice their technical skills learnt in school and to experience how it feels at work place. It is a win-win situation here while TBI MOTION has successfully extended its R&D capacity, eliminated technical gap, and gained long term and sustainable human resource through industry-academia collaboration.

David Huang, a current junior student of Taipei Tech as well as an assistance engineer at TBI said that before he went to TBI MOTION, TSVTC provided training for a total of 1,800 hours to prepare him for the internship. And academic courses such as calculus and mechanics he took at Taipei Tech also gave him a strong knowledge background to become a good mechanical engineer. During his time at TBI MOTION, he learned the importance of teamwork, patience, efficiency, and carefulness. In addition to those qualities, the most valuable thing that he gained is the spirit of keep learning said David with a confidence smile on his face.

 

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