Starting from Spring semester 2018, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) will offer a new education program on Circular Economy. This is in response to the Tsai-Ing Wen government who set Circular Economy as one of her 5+2 spearhead strategies. Taiwan wants to create a more sustainable economy, with a smaller environmental impact on natural resources, as well as less dependence on importing resources. The circular economy focusses on reducing, reusing and recycling with an interesting business model.
The NCKU Circular Economy program is named ‘Circular NCKU’ and it trains students to become the future workforce for companies and governments to innovate from the traditional ‘linear economy’-thinking towards ‘circular economy’-strategies. Competences on circular economy are relevant for any field, therefor the program is shaped as a 15 credit extra-curricular certificate open for students from any master degree. “This also creates the opportunity for a multi-disciplinary program in which students from various masters learn how to collaborate with each other and come to actual integrated solutions, benefitting people, planet and also profit”, says NCKU visiting expert Bart van Bueren. Bart has been teaching at NCKU at 7 different departments over the past 5 years. He is originally from the Netherlands; a country famed of its pioneering into the Circular Economy.
“We also decided to engage more actively with the international student community. As this Circular NCKU program can easily be obtained in one semester, we warmly welcome any foreign exchange students to join this program to obtain the certificate. One way to make that possible, is to ensure all courses are provided in English.” , says prof Hsiao-Wen Wang, the Associate Vice President for International Affairs, who also worked on preparing this program. “NCKU is already offering various courses that include elements for Circular Economy-strategies, these courses are now embedded in the new Circular NCKU program. Additionally, we offer and introduction course to start, and a ‘pilot’ to proof student’s progress.”, prof Wang continues: “The multidisciplinary approach makes it also interesting for companies to collaborate by offering real cases of how their products and services can become more circular.”
Find more on the Circular NCKU program on www.circular.ncku.edu.tw.
成功大學 2018 年 2 月將率全台大學之先，開設15個學分、全英語授課、跨領域的「Circular NCKU（循環經濟國際碩士學分學程）」，預定招收20名學生，除了整合現有的各類循環經濟相關課程外，更將與企業合作共同推動循環經濟，提供學生實際參與的機會，一起解決問題。
長期以來學界雖然開設不少循環經濟相關的課程，但與產業或商業界的連結性較少，Circular NCKU的特色，就在於導入了產業面並提供學生實作解決問題的機會，而且考慮到產業發展牽涉到各個層面，課程領域涵蓋了工學院、電資與資訊學院、規劃與設計學院、管理學院、社會科學院、生科院等。有鑑於循環經濟發展會涉及管理、制度，也安排政經所、政治系、管理學院的教授授課。另外，來自荷蘭致力於循環經濟教學的學者Bart Van Bueren，也會參與課程，要帶給學生歐洲、荷蘭發展永續循環經濟的最新觀點。