The Social Responsibility (USR) Team at National Chung Cheng University Promotes International Collaboration: Establishing an Internet Platform with the South Asia Bamboo Foundation
CCU is fulfilling its university social responsibility (USR) by using science and technology to transform Taiwan’s bamboo industry and increase its added value. Last year, CCU started cooperating with the South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF) in India, hoping that Taiwan’s bamboo industry can enter the international market. The CCU Bamboo Charcoal Green Gold Project team has recently helped SABF establish an official website that, for instance, shows CCU’s innovative technologies related to the bamboo industry, as well as overseas workshop information. The website has been officially launched, hoping to deepen relations between the two countries via connections linked with the help of the website.
SABF is an international partner of CCU that promotes the implementation of USR in India. Even though the living laboratory planned by the two parties cannot be established this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in India, online cooperation and personnel training has thus been developed.
According to the CCU Bamboo Charcoal Project team, SABF used only Facebook to disseminate information. It was suggested that an official website would promote the foundation in a more systematized manner and improve local and international relations as well as spread information with efficiency. For this reason, the CCU USR team actively assisted SABF in establishing an official website. Through this project, CCU students were trained to think systematically and complete projects while teachers with international experience instructed the foundation on coding skills to update the new website. Moreover, digital opportunities will be developed and provided in India.
In addition to information disclosed by SABF and news about related activities, the foundation’s website (https://southasiabamboo.org/) ,created with CCU Bamboo Charcoal Project team’s assistance, also contains information about a Taiwan-India living laboratory, outcomes of international cooperation related to the bamboo industry, and related overseas (Taiwanese) research. According to the CCU Bamboo Charcoal Project team, the Taiwan-India Global Bamboo-Tech Forum was conducted twice this year, in June and July. The forum discussed the most optimal ways of applying bamboo technologies to solve post-pandemic global welfare issues, as well as the use of potential bamboo resources to promote economic development and to control pandemic in rural areas.
Furthermore, CCU and SABF engaged in international research collaborations. A global bamboo program was created and an online 3D museum was developed using 3D surround view technologies, after which the museum’s concept and program results were showcased. In addition, Bamtech App, a bamboo knowledge platform, was launched to provide and promote information regarding bamboo material and its application..
As an international partner, CCU published relevant research data on the SABF website in order to attract talented Indians who are interested in developing overseas to come to Taiwan. TEEP@AsiaPlus cooperated with the Taiwan-India Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence to encourage students from India to participate in bamboo economy research courses at CCU.
World Bamboo Day is just around the corner, the CCU Bamboo Charcoal Project team and SABF will continue to spread information about international forum activities, contests, and “Bamboo-Based Sustainable Development” living laboratory results via the website. According to Dr. Shi-Ming Huang, dean of the Office of Research and Development at CCU, India has rich bamboo resources; and international personnel training and relations development can increase support for the bamboo-based circular economy concept and provide an insight into the global situation related to sustainable development of bamboo. It is hoped that the two parties will conduct more research and innovation projects that integrate bamboo and technology.