Friday, March 23, 2012

Dr. Krissanapong Kirtikara and his team visiting Tainan

Dr. Krissanapong Kirtikara and his team were here in Tainan on March 20, 2012. They all attended the Thailand-Taiwan Education Forum for two days (March 19-20) in Taipei and then the team was split into two groups, one visiting Taichung and another Tainan. His team members include those from King Mongut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), and Rajamangla University of Technology Lana (RMUTL):

- Dr. Krissanapong Kirtikara, Chairman, RMUTL University Council, Advisor to KMUTT

- Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, President of KMUTT and RMUTL University Council Member

- Mr. Sirote Swasdipanich, RMUTL University Council Member

- Mr. Sutin Prasertsoontorn, Vice President RMUTL Chiangmai

- Asst. Prof. Prasan Ruchirasak,Vice President RMUTL Chiangrai

- Asst. Prof. Auyporn Buabai, Vice President RMUTL Tak

- Asst. Prof. Dr. Sethasilp Ammawath, Vice President of RMUTL Lampang

- Assoc. Prof. Dr.Komsan Amnueysit, Vice President of RMUTL Nan

- Asst. Prof. Manoon Mek-aroonkamol, Vice President of RMUTL Pitsanuloke

- Assoc. Prof. Dr.Booncharoen Sirinaovakul, Dean of Faculty of Engineering , KMUTT

As you can see from the presented video clip, we all had a great time together at Ta-Yhi Landis Hotel restaruant. There will be future link between KMUTT, RMUTL and Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science (CNU) in the very near future, in terms of academic collaboration and exchange.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Visanu Tanboonchuy

Congratulations!! On March 15, 2012, Visanu Tanboonchuy passed his oral defense of doctoral dissertation.

Visanu was in my lab here at Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science for almost 2 years in 2009-2010. His home university is Thammasat University. Dr. Nurak Grisdanurak serves as his advisor and I his co-advisor. In less than 2 years, he published 3 papers in some prestigious international journals, J. Hazardous Materials (2 papers with its impact factor around 3~4), and Environmental Science and Pollution Research (1 paper with its impact factor around 2.5). These publications indicate his excellent research achievement. All the oral exam committees agree his fulfillment in doctoral degree requirement, with one accord.

We, as his supervisors, were presented with the very traditional Thai-style flowers, which is the way how Visanu paid his thankfulness and respect to both of us.

Well, I wish him the very successful in his future career in Mahanakorn University of Technology.

Monday, March 12, 2012

KMUTT encountering TPU in the CNU's 46th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony

It's CNU's 46th Anniversary Celebration on March 10, 2012.

On this day, Dr. Kraiwood Kiattikomol, the former President of King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburin (KMUTT), was presented with the Appointment Letter of Honorary Chair Professorship because of his outstanding contribution to bilateral collaboration between KMUTT and CNU. On this day, Dr. Motoaki Takayanagi, the Chair of Board of Trustees and the President of Tohoku Pharmaceutical University (TPU), was invited as the distinguished guest to give a greeting speech. The KMUTT is the CNU's Sister School since 2003, while the TPU has been a Sister School to CNU in 1966, with the recent MOU renewal in December 2011.

On this special occasion, the CNU also has the special guests from the central government, including Mr. King-Ping Wang (王金平), the Parliamentary House Speaker; Mrs. Hui-Jun ChyanLin (錢林慧君), member of the Control Department; and Mr. Kuan-Nan Huang (黃光男), Cabinet member in charge of political affairs.

Since Dr. Kiattikomol of KMUTT met Dr. Takayanagi at CNU on this special event, it seems that trilateral relation can be built up among KMUTT, TPU and CNU for their common benefits in the future.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Walking for the green life

If I drive my Toyota to school, it takes me around 20 minutes to get there if there's no traffic jam. This Toyota will consume gasoline and cost me about NT$ 4000 for one month, that is, NT$1000 per week. And, this is how I commute from my house to school for the past 17 years.

For some reason, I needed to take a train to school yesterday, and it turned out to be quite good for such a change. I walked to train station and it took me about 6 minutes. I got on the train at 08:35 at Tainan Station and off the train at 08:42 at Baoan Station. Then, I spent 20 minutes to walk into my office. Totally, it will take me 33 minutes by train and walk, without worrying about the traffic jam. How much should I pay for this trip? It is NT$30 for this round trip. This means NT$900 for one month.

So, which one is a better choice of going to and from my office? The answer seems very obvious. It is only that I need to have a paradigm shift, walking for the green and leisure life!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Visits to Hoshi University, Tohoku Pharmaceutical University, and Tohoku University

The CNU's visits to Hoshi University (HU), Tohoku Pharmaceutical University (TPU), and Tohoku University (TU), Japan were arranged on December 17-23, 2011.

The CNU's delegates include Professor Chih-Hsiang Liao, R&D Office Head, Professor Kuan-Han Lee, Dean of College of Pharmacy and Science, and Associate Professor Tzu-Chueh Wang, Department of Pharmacy. The purpose of this trip to Japan was to strengthen bilateral relationship between CNU and HU, to revitalize partnership and renew the MOU between CNU and TPU, and to greet to Professor Yoshiteru Oshima, Dean of Pharmaceutical Sciences at TU.

The report on this trip Japan can be browsed here, and the short video clip is presented below. After this trip, there will be international conference to be co-hosted by CNU and HU this year. And the TPU's President and Chair of Board of Trustees, Dr. Katanagagi Motoaki, is planning to visit CNU in March 2012. So, good things are in store for this new year of 2012.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Board Chair Masato Murasaki's visit to CNU

After the visit of Dean Yoshiyasu Fukuyama of Tokushima Bunri University (TBU) in August, here was another visit of TBU's Board Chair Masato Murasaki with his other delegates on October 18, 2011: Professor Tateo Goto (Head of Office of Admissions), Professor Osamu Doi (Head of International Office), and Professor Kojun Setsu (Pharmaceutical faculty). The MOU between TBU and CNU was endorsed at TBU early this year in February 2011. So the visit of Board Chair Murasaki himself to CNU sends a strong message of the strengthening of bilateral relationship between both the parties.

During the reception meeting, the issues of future exchange discussed include short- and long-term visit of students, transferable course credits, Chinese course offering and joint research projects. As Board Chair Murasaki pointed out in the meeting, both the parties did not only sign a pieces of paper, but also we need to go further and deeper for the real and solid collaboration. In responding to this, I am sure there will be fruitful achievements in the near future because of bilateral efforts made by students and faculty of both sides.

Following the meeting, there're campus tour through Herbal Research Center, Taiwan Hot Spring Research Center, and Health Promotion Center. Due to his great personal affinity and humorous talk, we all had wonderful time touring around our campus.

The visit of Board Chair Murasaki and his accompanying delegates was concluded by the CNU-hosted dinner banquet and a brief historic tour of Chi-Kan Lou (赤崁樓).

Monday, August 29, 2011

Joint tour by the members of the CNU, USU, TBU and MetroBank

- For the technical activities in the morning, click here (TaiSugar Corp. visit) to see video clip in detail.
- For the cultural activities in the afternoon and evening, click here (Historic sites visit), here (Tea times), and here (Meal times) to see video clips in detail.
- Click the photo album to see all the photos taken in the past few days.

有朋自遠方來 不亦樂乎
As I mentioned in my previous two blog articles, the CNU was visited by the delegates of (1) MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc. (Mrs. and Chairman Don J. Wang), and Utah State University (Dean Noelle E. Cockett, Prof. Ron Munger, and Director Brandon Monson); and (2) Tokushima Bunri University (Dean Yoshiyasu Fukuyama). Since these two events happened to be in the same week. So, we decided to arrange a joint tour on August 27 to get more acquainted with one another. And it turned out to be a wonderful and enjoyable Saturday.

In the morning time, we visited Taiwan Sugar Research Institute, which is under Taiwan Sugar Corporation. We were warmly received by Deputy Director Jeremy Ming-Hong Jean and his colleagues when we arrived at TSRI. There we had panel discussion and walked through fermenting lab, sugar production museum, greenhouse for orchid, cucumber, and tomato cultivation. The final stop was the research lab for orchid cultivation.

In the afternoon and evening time, first Miss Fanni Wang toured us around Taiwan Literature Museum and Confucius Temple. As a citizen of this oldie city, I would say these two historic sites are the ones all visitors have to go and see. Also, you may stop by the Lily's Ice&Fruit House, and cool down a little bit after a long walk under the strong sunshine, and hot and humid weather. Then, Miss Wang brought us to another private garden house, where we all really enjoyed a very relaxing tea time and beautiful garden of dwarf potted plants. At the close of this day, we had "National" banquet dinner at Chou's Shrimp House. There you may taste all dishes of very traditional meals of this oldie city. After the dinner, we went to another tea house to experience and taste the real tea especially prepared by the tea master.

So, that's the day we had, technically and culturally.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Distinguished guest from Tokushima Bunri University

After the endorsement of MOU between Tokushima Bunri University and Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science on February 21, 2011, frequent mutual exchanges are undergoing. First, the 22 students and 2 faculty paid a one-week visit to TBU on August 1-6, 2011. As described in the visiting reports written by the visiting students, the visit was exciting, impressive and unforgettable experiences in their life of study.

Now, we have another visit by our partner university. Professor Yoshiyasu Fukuyama, TBU's Dean of College of Pharmacy arrived at Taoyuan International Airport yesterday and was warmly received by Professor S.C. Wang of Pharmacy Dept. of the CNU.

Today, Dean Yoshiyasu Fukuyama gave a special talk to the faculty and students of College of Pharmacy and Science, after greeting to President Li-Jen Hsu of the CNU. The speech conference was hosted by Dean KH Lee of Pharmaceutical College. The talk was about plant-extracted natural products. I am sure there will be further joint research between both the parties because of Prof. Fukuyama's speech. For some reason, Professor Yoshinori Asakawa, the worldwide and well-known scholar form the TBU, could not make this trip. It's hoped that he will be here at CNU some day in the very near future. Maybe we can invite those who google-search "Yoshinori Asakawa" of different countries to come over and enjoy his talk on natural products.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Distinguished guests from Utah State University and Bank MetroCorp Bancshares Inc.

Through Chairman Don J. Wang, Bank MetroCorp Bancshares Inc., the Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science (CNU) has such a great honor to receive our distinguished guests from Utah State University (USU). This visiting team includes Prof. Noelle E. Cockett, Dean of College of Agriculture (CoA), USU, Professor Ron Monger, Nutrition Dept., and Brandon Monson, CoA Development Director.

Reception lunch banquet was hosted by Board Chair Chao-Hsiung Wang and President Li-Jen Hsu of CNU on August 25, 2011. Following this, there's MOU endorsement between College of Agriculture-USU and College of Human Ecology-CNU. Both Deans Professor Noelle Cockett and Professor Pin-Der Duh endorsed the official document and thus initiate the new beginning of bilateral collaboration between the USU and CNU. The singing ceremony was organized by Research and Development Office and presided by both President Li-Jen Hsu and Chairman Don J. Wang, along with the witnesses of all department chairs of CoHE of CNU. After a brief break, the campus tour was offered to our distinguished guests, including constructed wet land and health promotion center.

As discussed in our panel discussion, future cooperation between the USU and CNU may begin with the short term training workshop during the period of summertime. In addition, joint research proposal may be proposed, seeking the possibilities of acquiring the grant from Taiwan National Science Council and US agent, respectively. In the long run, we need to raise the collaborative level from the college to university. Through the MOU endorsement at university level, we both the parties may further establish the dual degree program or mutual recognition of course credits. This can promote greatly mutual exchange of faculty and students.

So, let's see and think about how we the USU and the CNU can work together in a solid way. It's hoped that we may extend the multi-lateral relationship and connect to those prestigious universities in Southeast Asian countries.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Workshop on Taiwanese Architecture at National Cheng Kung University

Before I promote this workshop in this blog article, I wish Dr. Carpenter my father a very Happy Papa's Day. In Taiwan, the day of August 8 is commonly called Papa's Day because of the pronunciation of "88" in mandarin.

Starting from July 30 until November 19, 2011, the Dept. of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University is organizing a traditional workshop on Taiwanese Architecture every weekend of this period. This workshop is supported by Headquarters Administration of Cultural Heritage, Council for Cultural Affairs (行政院文化建設委員會文化資產總管理處籌備處). The invited instructors include Master Zhi-Der Liao (廖枝德 大木師阜; I call him Dr. Carpenter) for traditional Taiwanese house construction and Master Han-Tsen Hsu (許漢珍 大木師阜) for Taiwanese temple construction. 25 workshop members involve those from Historic Sites and Architecture Professionals Association (古蹟暨歷史建築匠師協會), construction engineering Inc., architect office, indoor maintenance individual, design workroom, and universities. The workshop opening was held on July 30, 2011 in Taichung, and will be closed with participants' achievement exhibition on November 19, 2011 in Tainan.

Inquire the details of this workshop to Professor Ming-Fu Hsu's office (成功大學建築學系徐明福教授研究室) with the phone of 06-2757575 ext. 54131.