NTU HIGHLIGHTS August 2014  
  Teaching and Learning  
2014 BACT Summer Program Ends on a High Note

The Biodiversity, Agriculture, and Culture of Taiwan Summer Program posted its highest enrollment to date this summer, with 30 participants.

This year, 24 international students from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Texas A&M University, the University of Maryland, Purdue University (USA), National Singapore University, Nanyang Technology University (Singapore), Deakin University (Australia), and Shanghai Jiaotong University (China), along with an administrative staff member from the University of Maryland and five NTU students, took part in the four-week program from August 22 to July 19.

The BACT program provides both NTU and international students with opportunities to learn more about Taiwan’s culture, agriculture, and biodiversity through a series of lectures, excursions, and hand-on activities that promote interaction among participating students. The students become immersed in the local culture as they attend classes and travel around the island. While working side by side in group projects and activities, the participants also form new friendships with local residents along the way.

This summer, BACT added several interesting destinations to its itinerary, including Guishan Island (Turtle Mountain Island), Daxi fishing harbor, Taijiang National Park, Anping Fort (Fort Zeelandia), and the Zhongtai Monastery. It was also the first time BACT participants had the opportunity to visit southern Taiwan, where they experienced the tropical climate, rich tradition, and centuries-long history of Tainan City.

Among the many highlights of this year’s program were a chair-making activity at the College of Bioresources and Agriculture's Shuili Wood Factory, preparing hand-made dumplings, and working on a three-day team project at NTU's Experimental Forest in the mountains of Nantou County.

The organizers pointed out that support and input from the faculty of CBA has helped to ensure that the program is regularly modified and updated. Through the addition of new activities and lectures, the program is not only kept up to date, its scope is continuously expanded, ensuring that the program remains attractive to international students interested in Taiwan. In addition, support from the Experimental Forest and Meifeng Farm has proven especially important for the success of the BACT summer program as it provides a fun and educational experience for the participants.