National Yunlin University Of Science And Technology (YUNTECH): Fostering Students Into Professionals Who Are Industry-Ready

By Dr. Tseng Shi-Chang, Dean Of Oia
Dr. Tseng Shi-Chang,Dean Of Oia

Dr. Tseng Shi-Chang

Dean Of Oia

Based on the traditional and core values of ‘Sincerity, Honor, Perseverance and Originality’, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (YunTech) fosters students into professionals who have knowledge management ability, are internationally competitive and place an equal emphasis on humanities and technology. Established in 1991, YunTech has four colleges viz the College of Engineering, College of Management, College of Design, and College of Humanities and Applied Sciences which account for 20 undergraduates, 26 Master’s and 13 doctoral programs. The student population is approximately 10,000. Nearly 50 percent of the 350 distinguished faculty members have received their doctoral degrees from renowned universities in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.

Focused on fostering and nurturing interdisciplinary talents, YunTech has developed interdisciplinary industrial curriculum modules with the collective efforts from interdepartmental colleges, the PBL Center and College of Future. From the beginning of their freshman year, our students participate in the Freshman Project to study industrial knowledge and professional skills on campus. Their knowledge and skills mature progressively throughout the years. Moreover, the School is also committed to the development of PBL (problem-based learning) curriculum. Our PBL curriculum is designed to integrate with practical topics in each department and the talents are nurtured and trained through importing actual industrial and communal issues and the design of practical courses.

Imparting World Class Courses to function competitively internationally several courses such as International Business Administration (Master), Technological and Vocational Education (Masters & Ph.D.), Construction Engineering (Master & Ph.D.), Applied Foreign Language (Bachelor & Master) and Bachelor Program in International Management (Bachelor) which are conducted in English language. We currently provide MYET English speaking courses, Live ABC English learning resource web, FunDay foreign language learning web and BOOKFLIX online reading storybook as well as self-development online learning courses. We also organize teaching workshops and provide teachers with advanced study channels to improve teaching quality. Our open language learning provisions provide language advancement channels to different classes in order to provide equal competitive opportunities in the workplace.

YunTech endeavours to build an
innovative atypical education system and promote College of Future. Through the design of maker space, course recruitment platform, self-directed learning, micro credits, deepen student learning course, X+1 course, and singularity module course, along with the support of a four-fold counselling team, the institute intends to provide assistance to students in developing IEP (Individualized Education Program) learning plans, gradually establishing student-coordinated self-made IEP curriculum, and encourage them to expand their horizons globally.

With these endeavours, we sincerely hope to establish YunTech as a new teaching system that focuses on student learning, aims for adaptive development, uses educational innovation as a strategy, and adopts the society and industry as fields of learning. YunTech has a strong emphasis on co-operation with industry and with the Chinese Institute of Engineering rating it on more than one occasion, it is also the top Taiwanese university in this category. The institute has also rated the top technical university for technological exchange for the 2013 to 2016 period by the Ministry of Education. The business school is accredited by the US Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Business Education (AACSB). Also, according to the 2019 University Impact Rankings announced by Times Higher Education, the ranking of its total score fell between No. 101 and No. 200 worldwide.

“To broaden the students’ global vision, YunTech has also built a bilingual environment, opened English-taught courses, conducted international exchange programs, held learning away home programs and organized overseas internships”

For the bachelor’s degree program of the academic year 2018-2019 at YunTech, the freshmen registration rate and the dropout reduction rate were ranked in the top 5% in Taiwan. In terms of the stability rate of schooling published by the Ministry of Education, YunTech has ranked second in Taiwan, right after the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

In addition, the College of Management of YunTech has been re-accredited for its performance in the past five years by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Therefore, YunTech is the first university of science and technology that has passed AACSB’s re-accreditation in Taiwan, surpassing Taiwan University of Science and Technology in this respect.

YunTech has also taken the lead in the achievements of the industry-and-university cooperation in Taiwan. YunTech, over 91 percent of the teaching staff has handson experience, and more than 80 percent engage in industry-university cooperation and with more than half of its teachers and instructors having acquired Doctoral qualifications from prestigious universities in Europe,
United States, and Japan.

Helping Students with Cross-Cultural Adjustments
Every individual International student at YunTech comes from a different ethnic and cultural background. Thus, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) always organizes an orientation which provides information and counselling to new foreign nationals about academic, immigration, legal, career, financial and academic policies at YunTech as well as addresses issues of cross-cultural adjustment and local surroundings in the beginning of the semester. Through this orientation, the institute hopes the international freshmen will have a deeper understanding of their lives at YunTech.

Besides, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (YunTech) has ‘International Students Handbook’ which is designed to assist international students in a glance of overall information of the University including the programs of study, campus directory, enrollment, insurance, accommodation and other wide variety of support programs and services during your schooling on campus.

“Whether international students are just arriving to YunTech or an old friend, we look forward to providing information, friendship and support for students like you and to making your international experience at YunTech a great one. If you need any services or even have suggestions to help us improve our services, please feel free to stop by Office of International Affairs. We, at YunTech proudly welcome international student to our campus in fostering global connection”, shares Dr. Tseng Shi-Chang, Dean of Office of International Affairs (OIA), National Yunlin University of Science and Technology Ph. D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, U.S.A.

YunTech has also signed a memorandum of agreement with 222 foreign universities from 28 countries with which it operates university-to-university exchanges. To broaden the students’ global vision, YunTech has also built a bilingual environment, opened English-taught courses, conducted international exchange programs, held learning away home programs and organized overseas internships. The institute offers overseas summer internships which are provided to connect Taiwan companies with those in the USA, mainland China and Vietnam. Through international exchanges and recruitment of international students by establishing overseas programs, students are encouraged to have international exchanges with their international peers. With an international students’ enrolment rate accounting for more than 7 percent of the student population, YunTech is truly making its impact globally. In recent years, YunTech has constantly updated the list of the TOP 30 best universities in the country, and also with an enviable consistency is in the TOP-five percent of the best universities in the world ranking.