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Origin & Vision


The White Paper for International Green University Initiative at NTTU

Approved by the NTTU International Green University Promotion Committee[a2] , 1st Semester, 2017 (29 SEP 2017).

Amended by the NTTU International Green University Promotion Committee, 1st Semester, 2018 (6 DEC 2018).

Amended by the NTTU International Green University Promotion Committee, 1st Semester, 2019 (17 OCT 2019).

       According to the 2014 United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report, global carbon neutrality should be reached between 2055 and 2070. Failure to do so, warn IPCC scientists, means that the earth will be permanently and negatively affected by climate change disasters. In order to efficiently respond to the risks and prepare for global climate change, the international Future Earth Platform launched a 10 year international research program with a goal of transitioning towards global sustainability over the next few decades. In the 21st century, a force has risen to maintain and protect all forms of life on the earth in the interest of preserving ecological sustainability. This means personally creating new solutions, filling gaps, promoting healthy food, lifestyles and individual growth, also known as LOHAS (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability).

       Fulfilling its role as a hub for higher education, National Taitung University (NTTU) recognizes its responsibility for nurturing future global citizens; especially towards the education and application of sustainable development. At the international conference “The Role of Universities in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development” held in Talloires, France in 1990, twenty university presidents and other leaders drafted and signed “The Talloires Declaration” and announced a ten-point action plan. The plan advocated to (1) Increase Awareness of Environmentally Sustainable Development, (2) Create an Institutional Culture of Sustainability, (3) Educate Students to Become Environmentally Responsible Citizens, (4) Foster Environmental Literacy for All on Campus, (5) Practice Institutional Ecology, (6) Combine Public and Private Participations, (7) Collaboration of Interdisciplinary Approaches, (8) Enhance Capacity of Educating Sustainability in Primary and Secondary Schools, (9) Broaden Service and Outreach Nationally and Internationally, and (10) Maintain Cooperation and Exchange in the Movement. This declaration formed the basis for today’s international Green University Initiative; in hopes of gaining attainment and action from each member of the university, further spreading the awareness for sustainable development in life to individuals, families, schools, society, the country and even the world.

       NTTU has a College of Humanities, a College of Science and Engineering, and a Teachers’ College, when upgraded from a “Teachers’ College” to a more prestigious “Comprehensive University” in 2003. Located in eastern Taiwan, NTTU is surrounded by mountains and the ocean, providing us with an exceptionally unique environment. In year 2014, our Jhihben campus, located 15 minutes from downtown Taitung, replaced our former Taitung City campus and became NTTU’s main campus. Featuring green buildings and natural ecology, this new campus is a firm and solid foundation for NTTU on becoming a green university. Furthermore, NTTU’s Library and Information Center is honored to receive the 2019 FIABCI World Prix d'Excellence Awards. In addition to providing high-quality book information services, the library is complemented by Taitung’s rich natural resources and multiculturalism, in which plays a pivotal role in influencing the collection of green knowledge and mobile learning. Meanwhile, in order to assist the industrial transformation and upgrade of local enterprises, the pilot project of the Eastern Bio-Economic Center shall be officially launched by late 2019. Besides creating an efficient combined value chain with the localities, the project aims to investigate and develop solutions to lower carbon footprint in the future. Since 2003, the school has had a strong top-down, bottom-up consensus within the campus. It has laid a solid foundation for a high-quality green international university. It is expected to gradually develop into an international green economic innovation center that supports the sustainable development of green local industries.