On January 6, CECI’s management team headed by Chairman Dr. Shih Yi-Fang visited the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University (NYCU) and met with President Dr. Lin Chi-Hung, members of faculty and senior administration. The meeting was held in a cordial and warm atmosphere at the Chiaotung Campus library and concluded with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Industry-University Cooperation, which will open the doors for numerous new opportunities in the already ongoing close cooperation between the two organizations in the field of talent cultivation benefitting both sides as well as NYCU students and graduates.
In the course of the meeting, NYCU President Dr. Lin stressed the University’s long-standing commitment to developing first-class talent in such fields as civil engineering, architecture, transportation engineering, and disaster prevention, as well as contributing to the nation’s infrastructure and public construction projects. NYCU’s signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with CECI is expected to strengthen the mutually desired and beneficial industry-academia cooperation and joint undertakings in innovations in civil engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, intelligent transportation, traffic engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and other disciplines. Joint R&D, internship and exchange programs, and business opportunities will receive a new impetus under this MOU’s new cooperation and long-term partnership model, allowing for a more efficient integration of the outstanding talent pools at both CECI and NYCU and a profound synergetic effect from a speedier conversion of R&D results into practical applications for the benefit of the nation’s engineering and construction.
CECI Chairman Shih, in his turn, pointed to NYCU’s widely recognized leadership role in producing Taiwan’s top engineering talent. “Each NYCU graduate is a young ‘combat-ready’ professional, with a solid knowledge of not just theory, but also of practical applications, filled with enthusiasm and a spirit of dedication to the job; no wonder NYCU graduates are so welcome into all companies who strive to attract the brightest young minds, including CECI”, said Dr. Shih. He also mentioned that CECI is, in many respects, one of Taiwan’s exemplary enterprises, having not only participated in a great deal of its major construction projects, but has receiving each year multiple awards for the quality of its work both domestically and internationally. Of particular interest to new prospective staff members would be CECI’s awards from the Ministry of Labor for the promotion of top-standard occupational safety and health practices, creating a friendly and balanced working environment for the employees.
CECI and NYCU have already had much experience of the industry-academic exchanges and cooperation, including the recent R&D projects in AI and the use of automation technology in the high-precision map production. As many as about 7% of CECI’s engineers are graduates of NYCU, and this number might increase as this win-win collaboration is deepened with efforts made by both sides.