National Taipei University (NTPU) announced that the starting date of the Spring Semester has been postponed until March 2, 2020 to reduce the risk of the COVID-19 outbreak on Feb. 4, 2020.
The University has also adjusted the 2020 Spring Semester Academic Calendar and will submit the new calendar to the Ministry of Education for its reference after it is approved by the administration meeting to be held on Feb. 7, 2020.
According to the new calendar, the coming semester will end in the beginning of July and the summer vacation will start on July 6, 2020.
Meanwhile, the commencement will be held on June 13, 2020.
The dates of the graduate school entrance examination will remain the same, and the University will adopt stringent preventive measures against the currently epidemic disease.
NTPU also sets the process to make sure the safety and health of all foreign students. All students from Hong Kong and Macau, who lived in the dormitory, will be advised to return before Feb. 15, 2020 and will be taken to the dormitory for the 14-day health observation.
"It's rent-free for students who come back between Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, 2020 for these 14 days from those two days, “said the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), "but if they come back later than Feb. 15, 2020 and live out of the dormitory, they have to pay the rent by themselves."
The OSA said that those students will be housed in separate rooms and have to report their temperature every morning and night to the University.
After the 14-day health observation, the dormitory will be re-opened for all students between Feb. 29 and March 1, 2020.
To prevent the 2019-nCoV infection in NTPU, all students are required to answer NTPU COVID-19 Survey.
National Taipei University (NTPU) President Lee, Chen-Jai (李承嘉) said on Nov. 28 that NTPU will do more in the future, including more courses and resources, as the school has won the “Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Award for the second consecutive year.
The award was offered by Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy and aimed at constant development of firms, environment and talents.
While attending the ceremony, Legislative Speaker Su, Jia-Chyuan (蘇嘉全) said that caring for the environment, helping cultivate talents as well as social responsibilities are all crucial for a company to build its reputation. Eugene Chien (簡又新), chairman for the institute, urged all the participants, including private firms, organizations and schools, to continue their good work to inspire local market and government bodies, so more foreign investments would come to Taiwan in the future.
NTPU published the “2017-2018 National Taipei University Sustainable Evaluation” in July by following the mechanism and standards by the GSSB, while the evaluation made public of all kinds of information that foreign investments may need to know. This evaluation was also recognized and confirmed by accountants before it was published.
This evaluation is also available on NTPU’s website.
The president said, however, he noticed that many participants put more efforts on their organization reforms and their own evaluations, which reflected the fact that there is still room for NTPU, as a participant, to make progress. Vice President Chang, Wen-Yu (張文郁) will be responsible for following up related resources from different offices in a hope that NTPU may take the lead in terms of sustainability.
The “2019 Global Company Sustainability Forum” was organized at the Grand Hotel between Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. In addition to this award, related professors, scholars, officials from all around the world and representatives from local firms, organizations and schools shared their views through seminars and workshops.
NTPU’s College of Business also organized the “company sustainability” workshop during the forum. Michel Delorme, dean for Laurentian University’s Facility of Management in Canada, was invited to deliver a speech on “CSR cultural development, while many domestic researchers and professors also made public their research results in various workshops during the event.
Along with five other universities and five local banks, National Taipei University (NTPU) on Oct. 30 became a member of this ally of artificial intelligence financial technology and will develop more talents in the field with other members.
The ally was convened by inFlux President Arthur Yao (姚木川), who is also an EMBA student at NTPU and joined by National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, Soochow University, National Taipei University of Business, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Shin Kong Bank, Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank, Concord Securities, KGI Bank and Far Eastern International Bank. The end goal for this ally was to develop more talents to work out more artificial intelligence devices to help financial technology.
Yao said that for banking business, an alternative solution for more potential markets will be the best antidote but the process is often jammed due to related laws. Through the ally, he is expecting more alternative solutions from these future talents, that they may join the market with their creativities and fresh ideas for new breakthroughs.
“I think this ally will be a great booster for local competition between local banks,” said Chang Chuang-chang (張傳章), vice chairman for the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC). “However, I am also hoping that this ally would do its best to avoid potential risks and ethical issues that may come from artificial intelligence.”
Taiwan Financial Services Roundtable Secretary General Wu Tang-chieh (吳當傑) said that the FSC and his organization have been recruiting future talents in the banking business. He is hoping this ally will help him locate and train more potential candidates in the future.
NTPU Vice President Chen Dar-hsin (陳達新) said that this ally covers two hottest issues today – artificial intelligence and financial technology. Unfortunately, it is always difficult for schools to recruit qualified teachers in these fields. The ally, however, offers field teachers to help students “practice” while it will also help train remaining teachers at the same time.
The vice president also said that the capability of composing software programs is more and more important for many schools. But he believes that management and marketing are also important on top of composing programs. In addition to participating in the ally, NTPU’s business school is also teaming up with Amazon so more information and resources will be available for the future development of artificial intelligence and financial technology.
Yao said that it is more important for artificial intelligence and financial technology to fit in our daily life. While he is trying to recruit more talents from this ally, Shin Kong Bank is also trying to hire more talents in arts and philosophy.
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