NCKU Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Tainan Spinning Co. Ltd.: Four Focuses for Sustainable Development
成大南紡簽MOU 四大面向邁向永續發展

            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。

            成大校長蘇慧貞表示,某種程度上,城市和大學有很不一樣的關係,全台的大學裡,也只有成大和台南,建構了一個經典典範,大學有一個重要的功能,就是透過不斷的創新,也不斷有效能、負責任的把創新,轉譯成可行的方法,然後在場域裡發生變化,使下一個世代更具可能性。

            蘇慧貞校長說,當我們在與企業合作時,不是選擇可以創造最多的營收,不是最多的個人效益,而是希望選擇的企業夥伴,在創造新的價值,做出新的改變的時刻,甚至對社會、國家、世界有貢獻時,成大都能扮演著關鍵性角色。

            台南紡織總經理王立範表示,南紡已經成立65年,以往傳統產業總是專注在本業的生產、製造,南紡目前在台南大約有25萬坪土地,未來仍有約13萬坪可以開發利用、規劃,如何藉由南紡與成大的產、官、學、研的鏈結平台,讓協助地方發展的過程中,也能提供就業機會,讓企業在追求獲利時,也能善盡社會責任,就是雙方合作的具體表現。

            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。

            論壇上,由成大規劃與設計學院學有專精的學者擔任主持人,邀請產、官、學、研等專家學者,針對韌性國土、都市氣候、健康城鄉及智慧城市等四個大面向下,共同探討後疫情時代挑戰及如何達成永續發展的方向與目標。

            成大都市計畫學系主任趙子元指出,面對氣候變遷,以永續發展為目標,人類應該對自己所做的種種發展,提出相對應的對策,作為一個要提出對策的大學和企業,責任是非常重大的,臺南紡織是臺南的龍頭企業,在地深耕超過60年,近年來積極轉型,朝多角化經營,深入不同產業鏈,為臺南的生活機能,提供更多元的服務,也為臺南創造更多的商機及就業機會,因此促成成大與南紡進一步的合作和產學共創。