Seizing opportunities to tackle environmental challenges – Insights from Dr. Eugene Chien of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energ

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     Management mogul Peter Drucker once said that changes in population structure, globalization, and the knowledge economy are the three major trends that humans will face in the first half of the 21st century. As a result of high global connectivity and rapid economic growth, energy sources are being consumed at massive rates and unprecedented impacts have been inflicted upon the world’s ecology and living environment. As humans, how should we respond to these issues, and what opportunities should we take? Regarding this question, the Center for General Education at CCU invited Dr. Eugene Chien, President of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE), to provide his insights into the resources that we have in the new century, as well as the challenges we face, in a speech given at 4:10 pm on April 28th.

     According to the Center for General Education, after receiving his doctoral degree in aeronautics and astronautics from New York University, Dr. Chien returned to Taiwan and became a professor at and the Chairman of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Tamkang University, as well as the Dean of the College of Engineering. In addition, he has served as a legislator, Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration, Minister of Transportation and Communications, Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in the United Kingdom, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China. As the incumbent President of the TAISE, Dr. Chien has been focusing on issues related to climate change and sustainable energy. He has hosted the show “When the Earth Comes Down with a Fever” on the Broadcasting Corporation of China for over ten years and has discussed important issues such as sustainable energy and environmental protection on the global stage.

     Since its founding in 2007, the TAISE has proactively advocated for Taiwan’s transformation to a low-carbon economy and has invested a lot of effort in enhancing public awareness of sustainable energy-related issues. Important tasks of the TAISE include campaigning for climate action, sustainable energy, enterprise sustainability, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). In addition, as a means of facilitating academic and engineering knowledge exchange, the TAISE has proactively collaborated with partners in industry to conduct sustainable energy-related research.

     In the face of the environmental challenges of the 21st century, and in light of the issue of the social responsibility of higher education institutions highlighted in recent times, CCU has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the TAISE. During the ceremony, Dr. Chien mentioned that universities play a visionary role in the UN SDGs and expressed his hopes that higher education institutions can play their role in serving our society. Therefore, the TAISE has recently expanded the scope of sustainability to cover not only enterprises, but universities as well, so as to integrate enterprise connections and resources with university knowledge and research, thus opening up the future of sustainable development in Taiwan.

     The Center for General Education noted that in his speech “Opportunities and Challenges in the New Millennium,” Dr. Chien shared his views on global environmental issues as well as the importance of sustainable development with students and faculty members.