To fulfill the NCKU 2030 vision for teaching and research, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has been integrating resources in the university and actively seeking collaboration opportunities with external partners. NCKU has also been working toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create a sustainable future and provide a solid foundation for the development of the next generation. On December 1, 2020, the NCKU Department of Urban Planning and Tainan Spinning Co. Ltd., represented by President Su Huey-jen of NCKU and President Wang Li-fan of the company, entered into a memorandum of understanding at NCKU’s C-Hub. Experts from the industrial, governmental, academic, and research sectors were also invited to the signing ceremony, themed “new sustainable environmental development in the postpandemic era,” to discuss how to respond to the postpandemic challenges and work toward sustainable development with four focuses: national territory, urban climate, healthy urban and rural environments, and smart cities.
President Su of NCKU suggested that, in a way, there is this special relationship between each city and university and that the partnership between NCKU and Tainan is the only one in Taiwan that qualifies as a classic role model. She added that a crucial function of universities is to constantly innovate and, through effective and responsible means, translate innovations into practicable measures that create new dynamics in particular fields and boost the potential of the next generation.
President Su mentioned that NCKU’s aim in collaboration with businesses is not to maximize revenues or personal interest but to instead play a critical role in the business partner’s creation of new values, enactment of new changes, and contribution to society, the country, and the world.
President Wang of Tainan Spinning Co. Ltd. expressed that over the 65 years since its establishment, Tainan Spinning has focused mostly on production and manufacturing for its line of business. Tainan spinning owns 250,000 ping (1 ping = 3.306 m2 ) of land in Tainan, among which 130,000 ping of land remains available for future development and planning. Accordingly, collaboration between Tainan Spinning and NCKU is most desirable when the platform between them, which engages the industrial, governmental, academic, and research sectors, is capitalized on to create new job opportunities while aiding local development and to enable businesses to fulfill social responsibilities in their pursuit of profits.
The United Nations proposed 17 SDGs in 2015 to clarify how to create a more sustainable environment and systematically define the innovation and direction of future education. Therefore, hoping to maintain this mindset and develop solutions for sustainable development, NCKU has been actively working toward the NCKU 2030 vision for teaching and research by proposing five Signature Programs of Sustainable Development (SDSPs) : improving the welfare of people; designing an inclusive, sustainable planet; innovating to expedite growth to prosperity; respecting diversity for the promotion of peace; and interdisciplinary development in partnerships.
In the 2020 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which assess universities’ social impact in accordance with the SDGs, NCKU was ranked 38th globally. This was the highest ranking in Taiwan and second highest ranking in Asia. Of all the SDGs, NCKU’s performance in 11 was ranked in the top 100 of universities worldwide, and NCKU’s highest ranking, 10th place, was for its performance in the ninth SDG of industry, innovation, and infrastructure. This signifies the world’s recognition of NCKU’s efforts to incorporate SDGs into its major development goals.
T he signing ceremony was cohosted by scholars from the NCKU College of Planning and Design with an expertise in this field and attended by experts and scholars from the industrial, governmental, academic, and research sectors. With focuses on resilient national territory, urban climate, healthy urban and rural environments, and smart cities, the attendees discussed the postpandemic challenges and how we could move toward and achieve sustainable development.
Chairperson Chao Tzu-yuan of the NCKU Department of Urban Planning suggested that in response to climate change, humans should aim for sustainable development and establish countermeasures for all developments made. She also stressed how great the responsibility is for a university and business to propose such countermeasures. Tainan Spinning, a leading business in Tainan, has been operating for more than 60 years and has been working relentlessly for transformation, diversification, and entry into various supply chains. Tainan Spinning’s aim to diversify its services for the day-to-day convenience of Tainan residents and create business and job opportunities in Taiwan has prompted its industry–academia collaboration with NCKU.
成功大學近年來推動NCKU 2030教研策略，對內整合校內資源，對外尋求合作夥伴，朝著 SDGs永續發展目標邁進，攜手共創永續未來，為下一代的發展奠定基礎，1日成大都市計畫學系與臺南紡織公司，在成大創意基地C-Hub，由成大校長蘇慧貞與南紡總經理王立範代表雙方簽署MOU，並以後疫情時代的新永續環境發展為主題，集結產、官、學、研等專家，共同探討在國土、都市氣候、健康城鄉及智慧城市等四個大面向下，如何面對後疫情時代挑戰及如何達成永續發展的方向與目標。
聯合國於2015年提出17項「永續發展目標」，不僅界定如何創造更永續的環境，也系統性定義出未來教育的創新及方向，有鑒於此，成功大學積極推動NCKU 2030教研策略，提出「人 (People) 為本促進福址」、「共融設計永續環境 (Planet) 」、「創新突破加速成長 (Prosperity) 」、「尊重多元促進和平 (Peace) 」、「跨域整合繁榮發展 (Partnership) 」等五大永續發展策略準則（SDSP），希望以永續發展的思維方法，締結永續發展的解決方案。
2020 年英國泰晤士高等教育（THE）世界大學影響力排名，依據聯合國 17 項永續發展目標，做為大學對社會影響力的評比，成功大學排名全台最高，亞洲第二，全球第 38 名，共計11項進入世界百大，其中第9項「產業、創新與 基礎建設」表現最優，排名世界第 10名，顯示成大將 SDGs 做為校務發展的重大目標，已得到世界的重視。