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National Tsing Hua University-Infrastructure

A university’s infrastructure provides key support services to research and teaching work. Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, Cambridge and Tokyo University are first rate international universities that show the importance of infrastructure. NTHU has had a tight budget for the last decade and infrastructure construction work has been neglected. Student numbers have, however, risen, from 5,937 in 1995 to 11,000 in 2006, leaving infrastructure unable to meet requirements. Consequently, for NTHU to become a first-rate international university, priority now need to be given to infrastructure building.

 
‧Common pipes and roads and drainage engineering
 
The power, communications, information network, fire prevention, water pipes and cables on the campus are over 20 years old and need to be upgraded. The capacity of these cables and pipes did not envisage modern requirements, making them insufficient for the needs of today. After careful assessment, NTHU decided to lay common pipes in which waste water, recycled water, power, communications, information, fire fighting water pipes and tap water pipes will be concentrated, reducing the need to dig up the roads (gas pipes will not be included for safety reasons). Common pipes have also been planned for the campus buildings with a general review of low and high voltage power cables, communications, control cables, information network cables, tap water pipes, fire fighting water pipes and waste water and recycled water. In future, surface pipes, underground pipes or any kind of pipe required on campus will be considered for addition to the NTHU common pipes system.
 
In addition, different parts of the campus developed at different times, the main roads are different widths and footpaths are not continuous. Some road are excessively winding or steep and others have no drainage channels, which can lead to flooding in heavy rain. When the common pipes are laid, the roads will need to be dug up. It has been decided to take the opportunity to improve these roads and footpaths. When the pipe trenches are filled, road width will be standardized and improved. Footpaths will be obstacle-free allowing the old, young and physically disadvantaged to enjoy the natural beauty of the campus. Roadside drainage ditches and a whole campus drainage system will also be completed at the same time to eliminate the risk of flooding.
 
It is estimated that 2,631 meters of pipes will be laid, at an estimated cost of NT$14 million, with pipe accessories and electrical engineering costing an additional NT$3.7 million. The pipes and cables inside the main pipes are expected to cost NT$28 million. There will be 1,910 meters of cables costing around NT$18.9 million; a total cost of around NT$223 million. Planning began in 2004. On September 22, 2005 work was started on the Hsiangong campus area common pipe, costing NT$37.2 million, which was raised by NTHU. Work was completed on March 3 2006. As some changes in design required additional expenditure, in 2006 an additional NT$1.97 million was budgeted as part of the funds for this work. Work on the common pipe from the main gate to the library began on September 1 2006, costing NT$23.5 million, all raised by NTHU. This was set for completion in February, 2007. The budget for common pipe engineering work from the library to Hsiangong campus area (B section) was NT$ 97 million an work began in March, 2007. The common pipe from the clock tower in front of the Administration Building to the Education Hall (L section) will cost NT$93.4 million and work began in February 2007. The costs of additional common pipe engineering work will be met by funds raised by NTHU.
 
The 2006 budget set aside, NT$33.2 million for common line C section internal facilities; water preservation, integration of the campus common pipe waste water handling system route and drainage system, building plan environmental impact assessment for Hsiangong campus area, miscellaneous permit applications and water supply planning for the whole campus.
 
‧Overall improvement of existing campus buildings and basic teaching facilities

A first-rate international university needs advanced and comprehensive hardware and software. The number one objective of the university administration and logistics units is to create a teaching and learning environment that is safe and resource-rich, allowing students to focus on their work. In recent years, the lack of funds for NTHU has made it difficult to improve aging buildings. Some even leak and insufficient action has been taken to make structures earthquake proof or deal with other problems. Laboratory safety, below standard handling of experiment-use water and shortcomings in building and fire safety measures also need to be urgently addressed.
 
In 2006, NT$68.9 million was budgeted for campus building construction, laboratory safety and hygiene and fire safety and equipment, to improve building safety teaching and for TSMC Hall hardware and software. Details are as follows:
 
In 1999 motorcycles were banned on campus to improve the study environment. Motorcycle parking space is an issue of great concern to students. The rapid growth in student numbers and motorcycles in recent years, means that ground level parking spaces are insufficient. In 2003, NTHU began building a multi-storey motorcycle park with a budget of NT$35 million. Work began on August 14, 2004 and was completed on May 9, 2005. All funding was raised by the university. After completion, there was still insufficient parking space, so NT$4.5 million was set aside to add an additional four levels, adding for310 parking spaces.
 
Several years ago NTHU planned an optronics laboratory, to promote top notch research in the field, but building was delayed until March 11, 2005. First stage construction work cost NT$22.8 million, which was raised by NTHU and work was completed on January 19, 2006. However, lack of funds meant that only the building shell was completed. NT$22.8 million was set-aside for the second stage of construction, which is ongoing. Tsing Hua Information Department was established (on university land located at 404 and 406 Kuangfu Road, opposite the main gate) to support NTHU’s efforts to develop into a world class university, strengthen international information exchange and contacts, Building began on December 14, 2004 and was finished on October 24 2005, costing NT$115.2 million. Additional costs of NT$2 million resulted from design changes.
 
As campus activities have expanded, the three-story office building built in 1979 has become insufficient for administrative needs. In 2005, NT$38 million was allocated to build new offices. This was later adjusted upwards due to inflation to NT$46.5 million. The tender for this case was decided on July 19 2006, and an application to begin work made to the Hsinchu Science based Industrial Park Management Bureau on October 15, 2006. It is estimated that work will be completed in April 2007. The budget has since been increased by NT$8.5 million, with funds provided from this plan.
 
Many of the campus teaching buildings are old, leaking and insufficiently earthquake-proof and are in serious need of renovation. There are also shortcomings in laboratory, building and fire safety measures which urgently need to be addressed. Consequently, NT$7.1 million was set aside to improve safety in teaching buildings, especially the chemistry, chemical engineering and other laboratories and to improve the treatment of laboratory waste water and fire safety.
 
NT$3.3 million was provided to replace weight training and other exercise equipment to improve the quality of fitness training and promote the health and welfare of the student body.
 
NTHU’s College of Technology Management was established in 2000 but, because of the time spent planning of TSMC Hall, work only began on April 30, 2004. The cost was NT$420 million (NT$210 from the Ministry of Education, a NT$150 million donation from TSMC with the rest raised by NTHU). The building was completed on October 4, 2006. Interior decoration work began immediately, we need to finish work as quickly as possible, thereby bringing together disparate departments/institutes and administration to a single location, providing a more stable environment and strengthening teaching. To facilitate this, NT$20 million was allocated for interior decoration.
 
Under the regular budget for 2006, NT$140 million was provided for an earthquake resistance assessment of campus buildings, water proofing and repairs, improvement in campus-wide building, fire and environmental safety, furnishing of TSMC Hall, the physical education teaching area and other repairs.
 
‧Building new student dormitories and upgrading the existing dormitories
 
In 2006, a budget of NT$12.5 million was allocated to change the design of the two-block (1000 bed) student dormitory and Tsing Hua Guesthouse and interior decorating for Tsing Hua Guesthouse (for visiting professors). As it has grown, NTHU has become a comprehensive university, with student numbers growing year-by-year and steadily increasing demand for student accommodation. Most of the NTHU student dormitories are over 20 years old and there is a pressing need to improve both the “quantity” and “quality” of student accommodation. In June 2005, a specialized company was entrusted to carry out overall planning of the dormitory area. Under the dormitory re-building plan, the dormitories will be rebuilt over five stages. In the plan there is a complete blueprint for the layout (including living amenities) of the dormitory area and this will be the basis for future dormitory building on the NTHU campus. The two dormitory blocks to be built are the first stage of the overall plan. Upon completion, the on-campus accommodation rate for students will rise to 70%.
 
The plan for NTHU’s “New Student Dormitory Building Construction Project” was approved by the Ministry of Education (on June 13, 2003 (case number 0920084860) and the Public Construction Committee, Executive Yuan on August 22, 2003 (case number 09200348930). The dormitory rooms will be for two people and house 1000 beds in total. Total floor area will be 19,570 square meters. By extending the length of time students spend on campus, a campus living zone will be created and study effectiveness increased.
 
In order to become a first rate international university, it is necessary for NTHU to provide a comfortable, safe and tranquil living environment for its students. It is with this objective in mind that building student dormitories was listed as a necessary major construction project. As explained in the engineering plan, NTHU introduced a “user pays” approach eight years ago, adopting a student accommodation revenue special account system. Under this system, the student dormitories will be an NTHU asset, not a burden, and make the building of the dormitories an investment.
 
Strengthening international exchange and attracting scholars from Taiwan to return as visiting professors provides substantial assistance to NTHU’s “Plan to Develop World-Class Universities and Top-Notch Research Center”. The university has built the Tsing Hua Guesthouse (for visiting professors) and raised the NT$7.3 million budget itself. Work began on October 16, 2004 and was completed on April 25, 2006. However, design changes incurred additional expenses, so NT$8.9. million was allocated to cover the additional costs. NT$ 14.8 million was also set-aside for interior decorating.
 
The 2006 regular budget allocated NT$34.2 million for structural strengthening work on the Cheng and Jen dormitories, student dormitory renovation, public facility maintenance, renovation of the No 2 Hostel and planning funds for the international student dormitory.
 
‧Building of new teaching buildings

NTHU’s student numbers have increased by 5000 in the last decade and the teaching space per student fell from 36.7m2of campus affairs. in 1995 to 23.1m2 in 2005. The “Plan to Develop World-Class Universities and Top-Notch Research Centers” will help to resolve the lack of teaching and research space at the university impede the overall development
 
At present, NTHU’s general teaching building (Red Brick Building) is a three-storey building. It was originally intended for use as a library (the library was moved to the No 2 General Building in 1985 because it proved to small) and the original design cannot meet the needs of teaching and research today. A new teaching building is planned on the site of the general teaching building. It will be on a 5000m2 an air raid shelter) and 9.5 stories above ground. The total cost of the building is estimated to be NT$730 million. The construction plan was sent to the Ministry of Education for review in July 2006 and is currently being evaluated. In 2006, NT$780,000 was set-aside for plan management and, in 2007, NT$20 million was allocated as design funds.  site and have 29,000 meters of floor space, two basement floors (for parking and
 
Space shortages have forced the Department of Information Technology and MEMS to leased around 170m2, the 2006 budget allocated NT$9.6 million for the leasing of buildings from Kuangfu Middle, the movement of the College of EE and CS to TSMC Hall and the planning/decoration of the teaching building. of space from nearby Kuangfu Middle School for use as a laboratory. Funds for moving are also required when space is inadequate so
 
‧Establishment of the “Tsing Hua Laboratory”

A “Tsing Hua Laboratory” is planned to integrate existing research space, equipment and technical personnel, bringing together IT, nano technology, bio-tech in one place. This in turn will establishes a joint mechanism and methods to increase use efficiency and enhance research results. This will have 20,000m2 building plans were accepted for assessment. floor space on a 7,900m2 site. It is estimated that the project will cost NT$450 million. The 2006 regular budget allocated NT$600,000 and at the end of the year the the building plans were accepted for assessment.