Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal of University of Edinburgh,
United Kingdom, accompanied with his wife, visited National Cheng Kung
University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, Dec. 6.
O'Shea told NCKU President Hwung-Hweng Hwung that he was interested in
academic cooperation in alternative energy, optoelectronics, and
Principle O'Shea, who was visiting Taiwan for the first time, praised
NCKU for being a distinguished university in Taiwan and said he can see
a big potential in collaborative projects between Edinburgh and NCKU.
"I think there will be a lot of potential there among the Five Year, 50
Billion projects working on the alternative energy," according to O'Shea
who was impressed by the international profile of NCKU. He said he was
confident the futre cooperation will yield good results.
O'Shea was very interested in NCKU's wave tank, inquiring detailed
information about it. "The wave tank located at the An-Nan campus of
NCKU is equipped with a state-of-the-art wave generator, which can not
only simulate the regular movements of waves, but the solitary waves
that may cause a tsunami," responded President Hwung, a hydraulic expert
known for his research in wave modulation, wave dynamics and sediment
As for the optoelectronics, Principle O'Shea mentioned the revolutionary
research by Professor Harold Haas in Edinburgh who is leading a project
of transmitting wireless data through LED bulbs that could be a real
possibility to cooperate with NCKU, which is also strong in this field.
"The other place I think will be a lot of potential is clinical
medicine, just like you're number one in Taiwan, we're number one in the
United Kingdom and we're interested in issues of robots taking care of
patients," according to O'Shea who was informed of the ongoing research
on senior health care of Orange Technology originated by NCKU.
Taiwan's first digital and high-tech future classroom iStudio at NCKU
had left a great impression on Principle O'Shea during the visit. "The
idea of controlling the devises by standing on the floor and the
real-time recording of students' engagement are fascinating and the
learning part is very exciting that I should go back to discuss with my
architecture colleagues to do the same things you're doing here," he
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