Both of the two projects Soochow enrolled for the 1st Taiwan Sustainability Action Awards (TSAA) earned high recognition in the award ceremony held by Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE) on October 13th, 2021.
“New Symbiosis of Old Shilin District” won silver award, while “Agricultural Tourism Assistance Program in Tianzhong Township, Changhua County” won bronze award. Vice President Wei-Liang Chao represented SU and received the prizes in the ceremony.
TSAA, an award established by TAISE, is divided into three dimensions based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): environmental sustainability, inclusive society, and economic development. Each contending organization is allowed to propose three projects in maximum in each dimension as a way to encourage participation in practicing SDGs.
This year SU competed in TSAA with two University Social Responsibility projects: “New Symbiosis of Old Shilin District” directed by Associate Professor Hsin-Rei Waun of Department of Social Work participated in the dimension of inclusive society; “Agricultural Tourism Assistance Program in Tianzhong Township, Changhua County” directed by Professor Tsu-Tan Fu, Dean of School of Business, participated in the dimension of economic development.
Waun had cared about old communities in Shilin and Beitou Distrct for a long time, helped the elderly fit in social transition and their aging life through the University’s expertise and resources, and brought new vitality to old communities; Fu had collaborated with Tian Zhong Farmers’ Association for years, providing examinations and suggestions, assisting the development of agricultural tourism, and promoting local employment and economy.
Recently, Soochow has proactively combined SDGs with its school development plan, higher education SPROUT projects, industry-academy cooperation projects, courses, and student activities. It has also encouraged its staffs and students to take related actions with the university expertise to contribute to the process of sustainable development.
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