Location: Taichung, Taiwan
Duration of study: 4 years (can be extended for 2 years)
Start date: September
Language: English and Mandarin
The Department of Environmental Engineering at National Chung Hsing University was established in June 1976 and was one of the first of its kind in Taiwan. At the time, Taiwan was experiencing rapid commercial and industrial development, and Taiwan's environmental pollution and ecology worsening was a concern. Demand for expertise in environmental protection and higher education in environmental protection increased. Therefore, the department established the master's program in environmental engineering in 1989, the Ph.D. program in 1994, and the in-service master's program in 2003. To date, the department is operating at full scale and has been established for over 30 years.
The department's purpose in enrolling students is to cultivate professionals in environmental protection and pollution. Because the department has a long history, well-roundedness in teaching is one of the department's unique characteristics. Although the Department of Environmental Engineering is affiliated with the College of Engineering, the foundation of curricula is rooted in math, physics, and engineering and also has a strengthened focus on applications in ecology and biotechnology. Curricula also focus on theory and experiments, with the department's laboratories armed with complete sets of equipment including a water laboratory lab and a microbiology lab. The bachelor's program begins training in basic science and technology and expands to the application of environmental engineering technology. In addition to enrolling environmental engineering students, the master's program also recruits students from environmental science and STEM. The education goal is to train students to possess environmental ethics and environmental protection and to nurture students' ability to apply what they have learned to analyze and solve environmental problems. Therefore, solving environmental engineering problems is the direction of research developments in this department.
The department places emphasis on theory and experiments. The scope of research is divided into six major areas: sustainable use of water resources, sustainable use of air resources, renewable resources and energy, soil and groundwater resources, environmental management and analyzing technology, and green energy and technology.
In terms of teachers and students, the department has 14 full-time teachers, including 9 professors, 4 associate professors, and 1 assistant professor. All professors hold Ph.D. degrees, and the teaching assistants hold either master or Ph.D. degrees. In addition to having expertise in the traditional research areas of air, water, waste, and toxins, novel fields such as the recycling of water resources, bioengineering, and nanotechnology are also included within the scope of the teacher's research area in the department.
As for students, the bachelor's program enrolls 52 students every year, the master's class enrolls 41 students every year, the Ph.D. class enrolls 3-5 students every year, and the in-service master's program enrolls 30 students every year. The students come from all over Taiwan and have an extensive and excellent international exchange. In addition, the department not only encourages students to actively conduct experiments in the lab and participate in academic seminars related to environmental engineering but also encourages students to actively participate in international symposiums to publish papers, as well as do short-term study programs or research at European or American universities.
Classes are all given in the mornings or afternoon on weekdays. In-service master's classes are given in the evenings on workdays, the schedule of which is arranged by the instructors each semester; the dates and times of classes are updated regularly and there is no fixed schedule.
The educational goal of this department is to nurture students' theory and practice, instill the concept of global sustainable development, and foster their ability to become lifelong learners. In addition, in order to enable students to understand the importance of teamwork and their responsibility to society and the country, the department also fosters students' professional devotion, enthusiasm for serving society, and a sense of mission for environmental protection. The department currently offers master's, in-service master's, and Ph.D. programs. The master's and Ph.D. classes not only adopt the goals of the bachelor's program but also requires students to have the ability of innovation and system integration. The department's educational goals are determined by discussion between the Academic Development Committee and the external advisory committee and reference the educational goals of the university and the College of Engineering. The relationship between the department's and the university's goals are as follows:
National Chung Hsing University
Cultivate talented individuals with both humanistic and scientific competency, communication and innovation capabilities, a global vision, and social concerns
College of Engineering
Cultivate talented individuals in advanced engineering and technology with professional engineering skills, integration and innovation capabilities, and a global vision to promote industry growth and improve the quality of life
Department of Environmental Engineering
Cultivate students' scientific foundation, professional knowledge in environmental engineering, the concept of global sustainable developments, and ability to be a lifelong learner
Cultivate students to have basic capabilities in innovation, engineering practice, and system integration
Cultivate students to have professional devotion, enthusiasm for serving society, and a sense of mission for environmental protection
In addition, the department has been accredited by the Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan in 2008. The qualifications of graduates from our bachelor's and master's programs are recognized by countries that have signed the Washington Accord.
The department covers an area of more than 6611.6 m2, and there is plentiful space for teaching and research. The department is equipped with reading rooms, seminar rooms, and conference rooms along with four teaching labs: microbiology, water quality analysis, instrumental analysis, and unit operation. In addition, every teacher has an independent research lab, including Environmental Microbiology Lab, Biological Treatment Lab, Environmental Transport Lab, Environmental Toxicology Lab, Environmental Biotechnology Lab, Physical and Chemical Processing Laboratory, Environmental Remediation Laboratory, Energy and Material Recovery, and Air Pollution Control Lab, Air Quality and Hydrometeorology Lab, Soil and Groundwater Remediation Lab, Air Quality Research Lab, Sustainable Biotechnology Laboratory, and Environmental System Analysis Lab.
The curriculum is designed to focus on theory and practice. In addition to basic subjects such as math, physics, and chemistry, the courses offered cover general areas such as water treatment, air pollution, waste, environmental toxicology, environmental technology, environmental pollutants analysis and testing, and environmental planning and management. Under the guidance of various teachers, many students in the department have received the "Ministry of Science and Technology College Student Research Creativity Award", "Ministry of Science and Technology Annual Master's Thesis Award", and many "Excellent Thesis Paper" awards from various seminars. Many teachers have received awards such as the "Chinese Institute of Environmental Engineering Academic Paper Award", the "Ministry of Science and Technology Outstanding Research Award", the "Chinese Institute of Engineers Engineering Paper Award", "Ministry of Science and Technology Type-A Grant", "Professor Liang Wen-Chieh Memorial Paper Award", "Columbus Award", and "Ministry of Science and Technology's Award for Excellent Contributions in Technology Transfer". The unique characteristics of developments in research and teaching have been recognized by various fields within the country and rank among the top in the most popular colleges and universities of enterprises.
The bachelor's program has 33 required courses for a total of 70 credits for the major. Students can choose to take elective courses from a selection of 30 elective courses according to their interests. To earn a bachelor's degree, students must complete 140 credits. Graduate students must complete at least 24 credits. In addition, master's and in-service master's students must take 6 credits of thesis while Ph.D. students must take 12 credits. The curriculum of this department is based on the set educational objectives with the goal of cultivating students' basic core competencies necessary for environmental engineering. Master's and doctoral courses require students to achieve the following eight core competencies:
Advanced knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology
Professional expertise in planning and conducting experiments and analyzing and interpreting data
Engineering expertise in solving environmental pollution problems and advanced skills to apply tools
Professional expertise in executing environmental engineering design
Professional skills in information integration, project management, effective communication, and teamwork
Professional skills of independent thinking, innovation, and problem-solving
Understanding the impact of engineering technology on the environment, society, and culture and laying the foundations to become a lifelong learner
Understand engineering ethics, care for society, and cherish the environment
To encourage outstanding students to complete their doctorate programs early, students with excellent grades in the incoming graduating class of the bachelor's program who have completed six semesters and master's students who have completed one year can apply for direct admission to the doctoral program from the bachelor or master's program, which is conducive to outstanding students to complete their Ph.D. studies early. In addition, the department provides a number of scholarships to encourage students to work hard and dedicate themselves to research. The scholarships include two categories: academic excellence and excellent recent, and the outstanding people at the Alumni Association also provide a variety of scholarships for application. We welcome students who are interested and meet the application requirements to check the scholarship application page on the website of the Department of Environmental Engineering.
Tuition and Fees
In addition, please refer the website of NCHU's Registrar's Office for inquiries about tuition and fees (http://www.oaa.nchu.edu.tw/zh-tw/rs-down)