Taipei Tech has been known domestically for its research and education on smart sensors. Now it goes one step further to a global scale through international collaboration with the University of Cincinnati (hereafter UC) in the US. The two universities sought for the joint courses and programs on the smart sensors, and successfully opened the PEC (Pilot Educational Collaboration) AI courses in May 2019. The opening ceremony on May 6 celebrated the commencement of the classes and the partnership between Taipei Tech and UC.
“The course on data mining and artificial intelligence will last for five weeks at Taipei Tech,” Taipei Tech President Sea Fue Wang indicated. “But this is just the beginning of our collaboration. What’s coming up is the summer program on big data analysis and factory internships in the UC in July 2019.”
The dual master degree currently in talks is also the spotlighted project for both universities. It offers Taipei Tech undergraduate students to be conferred the bachelor’s degree of Taipei Tech and the master’s degree of the UC, when they finish the first three years in Taipei Tech, the senior year for exchange and master program abroad in the UC.
“As the bellwether of higher TVET education in Taiwan, Taipei Tech is the gateway for the students to the world,” said President Wang. “We want our student to enjoy the abundant resources and knowledge found in our university, and that’s why we treasure the opportunities and the partnership with the UC, which is also regarded as the extraordinary university in America.”
Dr. Paul Orkwis, Dean of the UC CEAS (College of Engineering and Applied Science), mentioned that many leaders of the internationally renowned corporations are the alumni/ae of the UC, like President of MediaTek M.K. Tsai and Vice Chairman of Sampo Corporation Eric Chen.
“We are very similar to Taipei Tech, also one of the oldest technical education institutions in Taiwan, well known as a practical research University, ‘a cradle of
Entrepreneurship’ that has produced many notable alumni,” said Dr. Orkwis in the opening speech.
There are thirty-nine students qualified for taking this course after they passed the document review and the two-stage interviews in English. For some of them, the PEC AI course is their global firsts.
Yeh, a master student of Taipei Tech Electrical Engineering, was admitted to this pilot course. His research topic is related to the resection and detection of liver tumors. ”Hopefully, I will be able to improve the accuracy of the resection through the assistance of the AI skills that I’m going to learn from this course,” said Yeh.
“This is also a rare opportunity for me to join an international program that allows me to study abroad with exemption from the tuition, air tickets, and lodging fees.” Yeh indicated himself coming from an underprivileged family, and the program has granted him to go globally at a much lower cost. “Never had I even thought of going abroad traveling or studying before being economically independent, and now I made it!”
Wu, a student from Taipei Tech Industrial Management, has been doing cross-disciplinary learning on Python and Machine Learning. Wu said, “I think data analysis is more than statistics. It is the basis of artificial intelligence, and has something to do with program designs.” He is aiming to take the dual master degree in science, so he joined the course. “In my opinion, the logic of statistics I have had and the data science I’m going to learn will empower my problem-solving capabilities from analysis to conclusion,” said Wu. “That is likely to be the potential core ability of mine.”
The international programs on smart sensors and application are initiated by MOE’s pilot project on the cultivation of global technical talents. Taipei Tech, possessing fruitful research achievements in intellectualization and sensors, is therefore funded TWD$ 50M to nurture the students with advanced learning and global mobility.