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Program Overview

• Introduction

The 2019 NCKU International Summer School, scheduled to be held from August 2nd to August 15th, will feature an Introduction to a Globally Sustainable Future: Perspectives from the United Nations and NCKU as the topic and will offer innovative and insightful core courses for both undergraduate and graduate students.  The United Nations(UN) has established 17 sustainable development goals as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. This summer course will address a subset of these goals along with the circular economy model, which has resulted from the concept of sustainable development.

Lectures will be given by both former UN officials and NCKU professors. The topics covered will include the UNs continuing efforts in the areas of economic, social, and environmental issues, and the promotion of cooperation in sustainable development. In addition, a broad range of issues of the circular economy topics will be introduced concerning water quality issues, business models, biological systems, and needed behavior changes.

The UN has been the centerpiece of world order and has played a preeminent role in the issues of international peace and security, global development, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. This year we are extremely privileged to have a series of lectures being provided by former UN officials, who will share their experiences in their respective areas of expertise. Apply Now!


• Details

A. Circular Economy-Introduction to a Global Sustainable Future (2 Credits, taught in English)

  • United Nations in 2015 made the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. Circular economy fits Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Circular economy is an attractive economy model based on by design, and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their best uses and values at all times but leaves lest waste. The ultimate goal of circular economy is to create an optimized quality of life, which is built on three systems of sustainability, namely "environmental resources", "talent" and "knowledge." This course aims to educate, train students with the abilities to develop circular economy by integrating the education and research resources of NCKU in five areas, including architectural design, water conservancy, energy, engineering and agricultural biotechnology. 
  • In addition to teaching theory in class, students will go on field trips to factories in the cities of Hsinchu and Kaohsiung and get 

hands-on experiences.

  • Students will form groups to study an assigned topic and make a presentation during the course.

B. Chinese Language and Culture Class (1 Credit, optional)

  • We will arrange Chinese language and Chinese culture classes.
  • Students will be immersed in a unique cultural atmosphere, including Chinese painting classes and Chinese medicine courses.

C. City Tour (Optional, additional fee required)

  • On the weekend, a city tour will be arranged for students who want to opt for an unforgettable travel experience in areas

around southern Taiwan. 


• Highlights

Interdisciplinary lectures held by top experts from the UN and NCKU

- Live & study with Taiwanese and international students from overseas universities

- Workshops and factory visits – moving from theory to practice

Unforgettable cultural experiences – Chinese language and Chinese culture classes

Welcome and farewell parties





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