- Campus organization and operation
Yuntech had a trial test in 2018 with the Bachelor Program in Industry Projects and applied to set up a Bachelor Program in AI Robots in 2019. Yuntech therefore incorporated the charter of the College of the Future and elected one person as Dean to comprehensively manage administrative matters, plan curriculum and seek international collaboration. The Dean has three assistants, one is responsible for administrative tasks and coordinating with other colleges. The other two are responsible for international collaborations with other institutions, oversea internship or exchange programs, and short-term learning etc. Furthermore, Yuntech aims to integrate six research centers from its PBL Dream Hub with OIT and Chiba University research teams.
The supporting offices from our university are the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs. Both offices assist in planning curriculum for “AI Robot iPBL International Collaboration”, language and cultural courses, accreditation of credits and degrees etc. Furthermore, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Academic Affairs also assist with accommodation and living support for students from Japan as well as communication and signing collaboration plans with Japanese Universities. Additionally, the Office of Research and Development is responsible for industry-academia collaboration, industry internships and technology transfers.
To achieve successful training and education of international professionals, Yuntech established a Plan Assessment and Management Committee. The Committee consists of the President of Yuntech, the Vice-President of Yuntech, Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Director of the Center for Promoting Teaching Excellence, and the managers of each PBL Center. Committee meeting is convened at least once every semester to review and inspect the operation and results of the International AI Robotics College. Currently, curriculum planning and faculty arrangement are all set. In regard to collaborating with international institutions, we will further plan according to the consensus with Osaka Institute of Technology, including the exchange visits of students and teachers from labs/center/programs, collaboratively teach the same course and give guidance to students, credit transfer and accumulation between the two institutes, joint dual-degree, and collectively hold international workshops. This is in hopes to reach the goals of cultivating international AI robotics professionals.
In terms of introducing external resources into the campus, Yuntech’s plan for cultivating professionals in AI Robotics has its foundation in research resources from the Intelligent and Local Design Service Center and the Intelligent Recognition Industry Service Research Center as well as fair industry-academia collaboration results with National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) Yun-Lin Branch and Nursing Home, National Cheng Kung University Hospital (NCKUH) Dou-Liu Branch and Nursing Home, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital in the field of Gerontechnology. We now established interdisciplinary programs such as Program in AI Robotics and Automation Application Services, Program in AI Medical Perception, Program in Technical Assistance Tool, Program in Medical Big Data Application, Program in AI Designs and Spaces, Program in Medical IoT. In the future, these programs will belong to the International AI Robotics College and we hope that resources such as curriculums, faculty and international collaborations can be shared within the College in three years.
- Plans and operations regarding our collaborative international partners
Yuntech is positioned to train students into professionals that are on par with world-class AI robotic experts. We also drafted the “program plans for training international technical professionals” based on our past experiences in the research of Gerontechnology. In addition to establishing the International AI Robotics College, we also signed a detailed iPBL Academic Exchange Agreement with the Faculty of Robotics and Design at Osaka Institute of Technology in January, 2019. We also signed an Academic Exchange Agreement and Implementation Rules in February, and an International Course Agreement in August with the Department of Engineering at Chiba University, not to mention “shared training labs and research for welfare robots” as well as dual-degree programs.
Furthermore, for the success of the College and to bridge with the international market, Yuntech also has program assessment mechanisms that reviews and inspects the overall operation and performance of the College. Therefore, in addition to the aforementioned plans on faculty and curriculum, Yuntech also promotes international collaboration. Our four-staged overseas research model is Start Up, Collaborative Learning, Internship, and Research (SCIR) along with exchanges in cultural experiences, language abilities, course and research resources with Osaka Institute of Technology (collaboration of the four stages has been achieved) and Chiba University. Yuntech shared education resources with our partners to establish an environment that is appropriate to cultivate international technical professionals with perseverance.
- Equipping students from both Japan and Taiwan with solid knowledge of language and culture by providing cross-cultural courses
Yuntech provides cross-cultural experience courses to international exchange students that have been chosen for the exchange program both in the undergrad and graduate level. For Yuntech students, courses on learning Japanese and Japanese culture will be provided. For OIT and Chiba University students, we provide courses on improving Chinese and understanding Taiwanese culture and the society. This arrangement allows students from both sides to have solid knowledge of different cultures before embarking on the journey as an exchange student.
- Providing two-way iPBL courses
YunTech focuses on the six PBL centers and implements short-term (1-2 weeks) international project-oriented learning programs. For YunTech students, phase one is to build up their language ability along with cultural recognition. Relevant international workshop courses conduct project-based thematic learning.
- Practical training and connection for both labs
In addition to providing international workshops, Yuntech also has academic and practical learning exchanges with OIT and Chiba University with the six PBL research centers. For the students at Yuntech, one needs to receive recommendation from PBL centers to attend short-term (1 month) lab internships at OIT and Chiba University. For the students at OIT and Chiba University, Yuntech can also provide excellent resources from PBL research centers so exchange students can hone their skills and gain academic knowledge.
- Cultivating international technical professionals through cross-border research and courses
In addition to the three-staged mission, Yuntech also provides overseas research experiences for senior students and course-taking mechanisms (during the summer, for a semester or for a whole year). Yuntech further targets those who are prepared to enter grad school. If a student has the merit, we will recommend the student to do research and take courses overseas. Yuntech is well positioned to promote international collaboration with different institutions and cultivate future technical professionals that can collaborate with people from different cultures.