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TCUS International Summer School at NCKU - Symposium and Closing Ceremony (National Cheng Kung University)-wn

2016 TCUS International Summer School at NCKU has officially reached its end with the students' final presentation about the floating garden as a perfect start.
A total of 18 students, from Bangladesh, China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Ukraine, have been divided into 4 groups to present their final project based on their learning experiences from the course called 'Lowland Flooding Management.'
The course, covering several disciplinary topics in Flood Management, Tainan History, Urban Design and Biology Investigation, is mainly instructed by Prof. Hsiao-Wen, Wang from Dept. of Hydraulic and Ocean Engineering. Other related courses such as 'Water Quality' instructed by Prof. Chih‐Hua Chang from Dept. of Environment Engineering, 'Public Engagement and Stakeholder Cooperation' by Dr. Chia-Hsin, Chen from The University of Tokyo, 'Sustainability and Time Scale: from A Viewpoint of Different Types of Disasters' by Prof. Motoharu Onuki, who is also from U Tokyo, greatly help the students cultivate their creativity on the formation of the floating garden in the final presentation.
With many ideas being developed in the hands-on training in An-Ping, Tainan, group 1 investigates the average sunshine each month in Taiwan and considers combining the floating garden with solar panels.
Group 2 utilizes the floating garden as a better habitat for Black-faced Spoonbills and tries to monitor the transformation of the floating garden with camera put inside the recycled PET bottle.
Group 3 interviews several professors in course-related academic fields and the common people such as NCKU students in order to discover the advantages and disadvantages of the floating garden.
Group 4 thinks that the floating garden could become a substitute for farmland but finds out the plants can hardly survive in salt water. Without giving up, they endeavor to improve the water quality and hope that the floating garden will become a suitable place for growing plants.
Through profound discussion and experiences sharing in class, students from diverse cultural backgrounds and various academic fields have proved many potential possibilities in the topic of lowland management.
Moreover, their efforts shown in the final presentation also demonstrate that TCUS International Summer School at NCKU is a great platform for international students to develop academic interaction and collaboration together.
Following the symposium is the closing ceremony in which the students not to say good bye but to refresh their shared memories at NCKU, Tainan.
In the closing ceremony, the course instructors give positive feedback on the students' great performance in class. Students also appreciate the instructors' guidance and expose the true feelings about their short-term stay at NCKU, Tainan. This is not the end of the story but just the beginning.
This year, TCUS International Summer School at NCKU has reached several major achievements.
Firstly, the cooperation between Office of International Affairs and Office of Academic Affairs at NCKU not only enables international students to obtain formal credits after the completion of whole course but also makes a breakthrough of international short-term students' identity.
Secondly, the co-teaching between NCKU and U Tokyo instructors initiates the opportunities of future academic collaboration between National Cheng Kung University and University of Tokyo, Japan.
With all these great achievements as proof, TCUS International Summer School at NCKU becomes more and more irreplaceable and continues to grow its importance in the whole world.
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