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Research & Development Office Q&A

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Research & Development Office Q&A

 【Faculty Version】
Q1. What are the main functions of the University-Industry Collaboration Section?
A1: In the areas of academic services, the University-Industry Collaboration Section establishes a system to encourage academic development, obtains research resources from the public sector, promotes intercollegiate academic exchanges, and improves academic research and development capabilities. In the areas of university-industry cooperation services, the University-Industry Collaboration Section establishes a university-industry collaboration system, obtains university-industry collaboration resources, enhances faculty’s university-industry collaboration abilities, and improves the development of the hospitality industry.

Below is a listing of our objectives:
1. Promote the development and exchanges of faculty’s academic research works and university-industry collaborations and enhance faculty’s abilities in teaching, academic research and university-industry collaborations.
2. Integrate resources of academic research and university-industry collaborations and assess the research achievements and results.
3. Plan and support faculty’s academic and university-industry research, collaborations, and learning systems and improve the quality, features and productivity of the faculty’s research.

Q2. What are the purposes of the University-Industry Collaboration Section?
A2: The University-Industry Collaboration Section provides information in relation to academic and university-industry collaboration services to assist both the faculty and students of NKUHT in a variety of industry-government-university-institute research projects and to enhance the abilities in academic research and university-industry collaborations. The Section also aims to create a more productive atmosphere of academic research and university-industry collaborations by planning, promoting and integrating the development of academic research and university-industry collaborations. The faculty may more effectively show their research capacities through a variety of research projects, providing technical services for academic research and university-industry collaborations, personnel exchanges and training, and commissioned research projects.

Q3. What services does the University-Industry Collaboration Section provide?
A3: The University-Industry Collaboration Section is responsible for:
1. planning and promoting regulations and affairs in relation to academic research and development and exchanges;
2. applying for various grant programs with the Ministry of Education, public sector and the Ministry of Science and Technology;
3. information filing in relation to the relevant academic research by the government agencies and all units;
4. preparing memorandums and making public announcement regarding academic research programs and external letters and documents;
5. handling matters in relation to academic services both inside and outside of NKUHT;
6. amending university-industry collaboration regulations, handling and maintaining official documents and web pages in relation to university-industry collaboration, and participating in government and industry research and development conferences;
7. consolidating applications for industrial park programs with the Ministry of Education, and maintaining and filing information on the Industry-Academia Cooperation Information Network;
8. applying for university-industry collaboration with both public and private sectors, biddings, and drafting agreements in relation to university, government and industry alliances and cooperation;
9. filing university-industry cooperation related information and industry KPIs with the government agencies and relevant units;
10. consolidating all university-industry cooperation research programs and displaying relevant results and achievements; and
11. handling all other matters in relation to NKUHT’s academic or university-industry cooperation services.

Q4. What is the purpose of holding study activities for research or grant projects?
A4: The purpose of holding study activities is to assist the faculty to improve their research quality and productivity. NKUHT has disciplines of different natures. Most of our research projects are university-industry collaborations, commissioned research or grant projects. We hope that by holding relevant study activities that meet the professional requirements of each discipline, the faculty’s willingness to participate will be improved.

Q5. What types of study activities will the University-Industry Collaboration Section hold?
A5: The University-Industry Collaboration Section plans to hold a variety of study groups, discussions, group exchanges, book clubs and workshops focusing on the writing skills for research projects and international journals.

Q6. What benefits will the faculty receive by registering information related to university-industry collaborations on the Ministry of Education’s Industry-Academia Cooperation Information Network?
A6: Ministry of Education (MOE) has listed the information of faculty’s university-industry collaborations registered on the Industry-Academia Cooperation Information Network as an important evaluation/accreditation item. As a result, such university-industry collaboration information of individual faculty can not only serve as a critical basis for the faculty evaluation but also increase the opportunities to collaborate with the industry for the faculty.

Q7. What assistance will the faculty receive to log in the Industry-Academia Cooperation Information Network?
A7: The Research and Development Office has provided the manual and log-in instructions on the webpage of the University-Industry Collaboration Section. In addition, we have designated staff to provide assistance to the faculty. For issues regarding account log-in and information update, please contact the University-Industry Collaboration Section at internal extension 1651.

Q8. What can be improved about the Industry-Academia Cooperation Information Network?
A8: It might be complicated and cumbersome to process information on the website. As a result, faculty members with more information to update might end up spending considerable time on repetitive menu selecting. In addition, the website fails to provide a more effective or clear contact method for companies interested in collaboration to contact school faculty. We have brought the issues to the MOE on several occasions, hoping the website will be improved shortly.

Q9. What is the meaning for the faculty to participate in university-industry collaborations?
A9: Industry-academia collaboration is one of the subjects that currently the MOE actively promotes. NKUHT aims to serve as the key partner of the industry. We have set up several reward policies and guidelines, such as Faculty Technology R&D or Academic Research Reward, Decrease of Teaching Hours in Exchange for Industry-Government-University-Institution Research Projects, Accounting Rules for Revenue from Sponsored Research Projects, Reward Guidelines for Faculty Excelling University-Industry Collaboration, and Policies for Administering Research Results. Additionally, we have developed several contractual agreements, including technology-transfer licensing agreement, technology transfer and sponsored research project agreement, exclusive university-industry collaboration agreement, and joint university-industry collaboration agreement. The achievements and results of university-industry collaborations are also included as one of the important factors used for faculty evaluation and qualifications for promotion.

Q10. What assistance does NKUHT provide to the faculty members to participate in university-industry collaborations?
A10: The Research and Development Office provides relevant information and match-making mechanism to assist the faculty members to participate in university-industry collaborations. The Research and Development Office also actively sets up interdisciplinary research groups. We hope that through the faculty’s participation in such research groups and their valuable opinions given, the university-industry collaboration abilities of NKUHT as well as our faculty members will improve.

Q11. What information has NKUHT already provided in relation to university-industry collaborations?
A11: Sample university-industry collaboration agreements, matchmaking meeting templates, collaboration MOUs, and relevant regulations, as well as bidding information are currently available on the webpage of the Research and Development Office. The Research and Development Office may also download the information for the faculty members. In addition, the Research and Development Office provides important information related to collaboration projects such as Ministry of Education’s industrial park programs and Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Technology Development Program for Academia and SBIR.

Q12. How can the faculty members participate in an interdisciplinary or interdepartmental university-industry collaboration group?
A12: The Research and Development Office will combine university-industry collaboration and technology R&D as well as our schools of hospitality management, culinary arts, and tourism to build interdisciplinary research groups covering aspects of product R&D, entrepreneurship counseling, e-marketing, and creativity. By taking this approach, we will provide what the industry needs from university-industry collaborations and create the brand value of NKUHT. Faculty members are welcome to join these research groups. The Research and Development Office will simultaneously conduct a survey on the specialties of our faculty members to build competitive research groups to facilitate university-industry collaboration projects.

Q13. In which direction should an interdepartmental group follow to be more beneficial to the individual faculty members and NKUHT?
A13: In light of the limited scale of the hospitality industry, the ability to integrate product R&D, business counseling and marketing is on high demand. NKUHT should encourage and promote the integration of interdepartmental groups from the aspects of the system and regulations and assist the development of such groups by providing or assisting in obtaining relevant resources.

Q14. What reward or resources does NKUHT provide to the faculty members to encourage university-industry collaborations and technology R&D?
A14: NKUHT has set up a Hospitality Technology Promotion Commission (Commission) to oversee the development of university-industry collaborations and technology R&D. In addition to the relevant reward measures, each faculty member can also submit their existing transferrable technology or R&D ideas with potential developmental growth to the Commission for review. The Commission will provide necessary assistance, reward, funding and resources upon the review results to assist the faculty members to participate in university-industry collaborations and technology R&D.

Q15. What is NKUHT’s approach on the internship counseling system?
A15: Our sandwich teaching method has always been known to the industry and academia. Students of four-year technical school are all subject to a one-year internship. Department chairs and class advisors are responsible for conducting on-site visits at least once every semester and one random discussion session with each student intern. In addition, the Internship Section will invite the relevant department chairs and class advisors to conduct a joint on-site visit for internship organizations employing students from different departments. The purpose of these on-site visits is to understand the learning conditions of our students and the cooperative status of our industry partners. NKUHT stays in close contact with the internship organizations to understand and resolve issues related to individual students in a timely manner and pays considerable attention to our students. The Internship Section has stipulated the Off-Campus Internship Guidelines and set up an Internship Commission which will hold meetings to discuss relevant matters each semester.
We still have room to improve in terms of internship programs. More specifically, not all internship organizations receive joint on-site visits. Internship organizations with only one student from our University will be visited only by the student’s class advisor or department chair. The Internship Section will ensure that each student will receive effective care and counseling during their off-campus internship.

Q16. What is the approach of NKUHT on career placement for our students?
A16: Students will intern at our industry partners one year before their graduation and create close relationship with the industry. In order to facilitate students’ career placement process and emphasize and focus on the depth of employment counseling services, the original Internship and Career Placement Section was further divided into the Internship Section and Career Placement and Alumni Section in school year 2009-10. In addition to inviting outstanding people from the industry to give career talks, career advisors of each department will also pass on their wisdom to assist the freshmen to better plan their future. In addition to the annual job fairs held for our graduates and alumni, the Career Placement and Alumni Section also sets up a career bulletin board (http://rd.nkuht.edu.tw/main.php) providing the latest recruitment information and news to our students and alumni. For any career placement issues, please feel free to contact us at internal extensions 1630 and 1631.
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