KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) — Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) has been awarded the Taiwan University Sustainability Award for the second year in a row at the 15th Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Awards ceremony held by the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy.

According to a statement, standing out amongst the 47 participating universities, NTHU was ranked first in the comprehensive evaluation.

In the individual competitions, it received the University Sustainability Report Gold Award.

NTHU president W. John Kao accepted the award, which was personally conferred by the president of the Legislative Yuan, You Si-kun.

Kao said NTHU is planning to put more emphasis on sponsored research projects reflecting the 17 goals of sustainable development promulgated by the United Nations.

“In terms of education, the school encourages teachers and students to take practical steps with a positive impact on sustainability; at the administrative level, the allocation of school resources takes into consideration energy use and other environmental factors.

“In terms of interaction with the wider society, the school is planning to set up a platform for facilitating innovation cooperation with the corporate and government sectors,” he noted.

The judges cited the exemplary way in which NTHU has adopted an innovative approach to integrating classroom learning, campus activities and social service, thereby enriching students’ education and creating a diverse, flexible and interdisciplinary learning environment in accordance with the principle of “Think locally, act globally”.

In addition, the university’s Sustainability Committee has formulated and implemented a sustainable development strategy which seamlessly integrates resources inside and outside NTHU, so as to bring to realisation the school motto, “Self-discipline and social commitment”.

In its ongoing efforts in the area of sustainability, NTHU has appointed 15 student sustainability ambassadors this year.


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