Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Prof. Sergey P. Tunik, vice rector of St. Petersburg State University (SPbSU), Russia, visited President Hwung-Hweng Hwung and Vice President Hong-Sen Yan of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, on April 18th to deepen mutual understanding and broaden the engagement between Russia and Taiwan.
Even though Taiwan and Russia do not have diplomatic relations, academic cooperation had continued for years, and Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory (THL), NCKU had forged a stable relationship with several Russian academic institutes, according to President Hwung, former director of THL who was frequently invited to visit Russia in the past few years.
To date, NCKU has maintained partnership with several prestigious Russian universities such as Moscow State University, and academic exchanges and cooperation between SPbSU and NCKU will be strengthened through the current visit, said Hwung.
It was Vice Rector Tunik’s first visit to NCKU, during which he was deeply impressed by NCKU’s overall academic achievement and ongoing academia-industry cooperation projects.
Tunik said he was particularly impressed by NCKU’s solid research foundation that has had far-reaching impacts on domestic industry and international institutes.
During his visit, Tunik paid special attention to NCKU’s technology innovation and academia-industry cooperation projects, inquiring how to encourage professors who are already loaded with academic work to get involved in technology innovation with the industry.
In response, NCKU Vice President Yan said, enticement plays the trick as common goals and personal motives have ensured that research findings are no longer rigidly kept to the ivory tower, but have been applied to meet the actual needs of society.
Tunik agreed with Yan and pinpointed the significant connection between the academic and the industry.
Russian scientific research organizations can be roughly divided into two systems -- universities and the applied science institutions; however, the latter is diminishing, according to Tunik, who was worried about the situation.
Considering the declining application of scientific research to society in Russia, Tunik said that the NCKU experience in transferring technology to the industry can be referenced by Russia.
Following up on Tunik’s visit, NCKU will arrange exchange programs through a cooperative agreement with SPbSU and exchange of visits of students and faculty members from both schools will be carried out soon.
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