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Teaching Excellence and Internationalization
National Tsing Hua University-Teaching Excellence and Internationalization
NTHU has provided a special budget to ensure the effective implementation of the educational and teaching objectives in the plan. This will be used to support the recruitment of elite international talent; to strengthen teaching evaluation and incentive systems, to encourage high-quality teaching and stimulate the development of surrounding schools and research teams who share same research interests. It is hoped that active implementation of these measures will enable concrete results to be seen in a short time. NTHU has also, drawn up a performance evaluation criterion to review implementation results on a regular basis. The Teaching Excellence Plan will be executed by colleges and departments, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Library, Computer and Communications Center.
‧ The Strengthening of Basic Education Program

(1) Establishing a NTHU Task Force on Undergraduate Education

The Task Force on Undergraduate Education was established in July, 2007, chaired by Chen Li-jun, an Academician of Academic Sinica. It has three groups, <1> Tsing Hua College, <2> General Education, and <3> Basic required courses. The members of these groups are mainly senior professors, but also include student and alumni representatives. The role of the Task Force is to review the state of undergraduate education at NTHU and carry out reforms. It is hoped that after a year of review, deliberation of discussion, an improvement plan will be produced and then implemented by the university’s administrative units..

(2) General Education Reforms  (

The general education curriculum planned by the General Education Center have seven clusters: cognitive methodology, life exploration, art and aesthetics, socio-cultural trends, science, technology and society, historical analysis and cultural classics. Each cluster has three to five core courses.

Cognitive Methodology
This cluster has five courses: “Contemporary Scientific Culture”, “Critical Thinking”, Value and Practice,” “Basic Philosophical Issues” and “Mathematical Thinking”. “Contemporary Scientific Culture” considers the cultural significance of important Western scientific models over the last few hundred years from a philosophical perspective. “Critical Thinking” teaches students how to use speculative logic to overcome the obstacles of habitual thinking. "Value and Practice" instructs students on how to examine the value and meaning of contemporary life and make choices. “Basic Philosophical Issues” seeks to stimulate students’ self-awareness and pays attention to obvious ideas in everyday life that are often overlooked. “Mathematical Thinking” examines the nature of mathematical ideas, showing the importance of strict mathematical thinking.

Life Exploration
This has four courses: “Life Sciences”, “Ecological and Global Changes”, “Ecology and Life” and “Modern Society and Psychology.” These examine life and meaning by looking at the origin of life, social psychology and ecology. "Life Sciences" provides an understanding of the life sciences and ethical values, social psychology involves self-exploration and social meaning and ideas on ecological sustainability introduced modern people with ideas on ecological co-existence, consciousness and responsibility.

Art and Aesthetics
The three core courses in this cluster are “Understanding Art”, “Contemporary Visual Culture” and Art and Society.”. While NTHU does not have a college of Arts, art education has a very important role in the General Education Center.

Social and Cultural Trends 
This is intended to give students an understanding of various systems, phenomena and concepts in modern life. Core courses are “Economics and Life”, Civil Society and Rule of Law”, “Socio-Cultural Analysis” and “Culture and Economy.” These courses aim to give students a better understanding of modern social trends from the perspective of economic, politics, law and culture, thereby broadening and widening the vision of future leaders.

Science, Technology and Society 
This cluster is a new one, focusing on the social impact of science and technology, specifically designed to meet the needs of technology-oriented NTHU. It has five core courses: “Modern Scientific History”, “Science Revolution”, “Science and Society”, “Technology and Society” and “Forward-looking Technology”.

Cultural Classics 
The Department of Chinese has designed two kinds of curriculum, with courses totaling around ten. One curricula centers on reading and writing courses intended to strength language proficiency, the other involves reading original classics. These will be offered according to the specialties of teaching staff.

Historical Analysis 
With a total of 7-10 courses, this cluster gives students a chance to learn about history, stressing analysis and interpretation, not historical fact.

Starting from the academic year of 2006, freshman students will be required to select five from the aforementioned seven clusters with around 40 courses to choose from, and choose a course from each of the five. This mandatory selection should allow students to develop diverse interests while also obtaining a grounding in the core values of NTHU general education. The remaining general education credits will be made up from elective course credits.
(3) Strengthening Chinese and English Proficiency
I. Implementation of graded English teaching: Undergraduate students are required to take eight English credits. Teaching is graded into three levels and will be conducted in small groups, with no class over 35 people in principle.
English classes are divided into three levels, with the grading standard as follows (excluding foreign language department students):
Grading standard
Advanced English
1. Students who are admitted to university by recommendation, “English” test results over grade 15.
2. Students who are allocated to the university on the basis of designated examinations, "English" in the top 10% of students for the whole university.
“Basic English 1”&
“Basic English 2”
Freshman admitted to the university by methods other than the two above (overseas students, foreign students and special students should be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Language Center)
II. Additional writing courses: Specialized writing is part of the basic training of university students. NTHU promotes a diverse teaching plan with the “Writing Center” as the platform.(
   i.  A mandatory “University Chinese” course is offered with the objective of improving the standard of Chinese reading and writing. Related electives include “University Writing” and “From Reading to Writing.” . 
   ii.  Study activities are taken outside the classroom in coordination with existing English courses, and writing guidance will be provided depending on the teaching needs of various departments. Writing courses workshops and seminars for graduate students will also be offered.
(4) Compulsory Courses and Experiment Facilities to Improve Students Knowledge through Courses in Calculus, General Physics, General Chemistry, General Biology, and Introduction to Computer Studies.
In addition, cross-discipline basic elective and experimental courses are offered to meet the needs of major and non-major students and in response to rapid changes in the development of academic and industrial researches in Taiwan and overseas.
(5) Promotion of Joint Basic Courses for Students Admitted to College without Specified Discipline. NTHU Double Major Undergraduate Course Studies, Microelectronics, Computer Studies and Bio-technology Course Studies.
I. Admission into college without a specified Discipline
To increase freedom when selecting courses , develop cross-discipline talent and enhance the flexibility of the education system, students will be admitted into colleges as opposed to departments, with the separation into departments delayed until a later date.
II. Double-Major Program
This program is for students admitted into a college who simultaneously study for two majors. Individuals select a concentration in one department in the college as a core courses and, after laying down a solid foundation, then choose courses in any other department in the university as a second major. With the 128 credit hour requirement, students who acquire a Double Majors will enhance not only their knowledge but also their prospect for employment.
III.  Planning Joint Basic Microelectronics and Bio-technology courses
This is designed to enhance the competitiveness of microelectronics and biotech colleges, promote integration and exchange between NTHU students and stress basic education in the field. In addition it will also provide students with a more flexible range of choices and delay separation of students into departments.
(6) Establishment of “Tsing Hua College”
The currently under-construction “Tsing Hua College” draws on the spirit of elite undergraduate colleges and residential colleges around the world. In so doing, the objective is to make a break from the rigid university admission and dormitory living tradition in Taiwan, providing NTHU students with a new environment in which to learn and live. The college-based flexible admissions approach gives NTHU an excellent opportunity to implement this new program.
In the early stages (from 2007) admission will be by college (the spirit of the Undergraduate College). The university plans a series of activities within the dormitory and provide consultation on students and conducts outside. These will be provided by a group of enthusiastic counselors, assisted by more senior students, offering guidance with daily life and academic work. The aim is to help students grow, plan careers and encourage (subsidizing) international study to broaden student experience and knowledge.
‧Improving Teaching Quality 
 (1) Flexible Teaching Evaluation System(
Because there is a wide gap in the nature of undergraduate courses at NTHU, a flexible teaching evaluation system has been developed to assess teaching that will take the nature of each course into account and provide an objective basis on which to assess teaching.. This flexible evaluation system will seek at teaching content, attitude, methods and evaluation dimensions. However, the special feature of the system is that it has a set of core question, teacher-selected questions and questions wrote by the teachers themselves. In addition, there will also be a space for students to make suggestions, we will ask teachers to design an online teaching assessment form suited to the nature of the course they teach.
(2) Establishing an “Excellent Teaching Award”, “Rules for Rewarding Teaching Excellence” and “Rules for the Establishment of an NTHU Lecture Series and Recruitment of Distinguished China Professors.”
These were drafted to encourage teaching staff to place an emphasis on teaching and improve teaching quality
(3) Review of The Suitability of Course Arrangements:
From academic year 2006 all course syllabuses have to be posted online as a way of encouraging departments and institutes to review the issue of duplication in existing courses and assess the suitability of offering courses that are selected by only a few students.
(4) Plan to Enhance Teaching Capability:
The aims of this plan are: Firstly, affirm teachers with excellent teaching results, stress the importance attached to quality teaching by the university and seek to motivate teachers to pursue excellence. Secondly, assist teachers to improve their teaching efficiency, provide teacher-training and support. In pursuit of these aims, the plan is divided into four main parts: 
I.  Economy Recipients of Teaching Excellence Awards to Share their Experience with Other Faculty Members :  
Although NTHU is renowned for its research excellence, the 25-year old Teaching Excellence Award is a campus tradition that everyone at NTHU is very proud of. All the recipients of this award are people who have achieved much in teaching or research. We plan, to record the experience of the more than 100 recipients and, through analysis and discussion, examine the teaching methods and thinking characteristics of any academically oriented university.
   i.  June 2001—July 2007 (to be held at the same time each academic year. Each university recipient will be invited to prepare a paper). This involves the sharing of ideas by recipients of this year’s Teaching Excellence Award: Building a platform (for example, an electronic bulletin) and inviting award recipients to write on their ideas and thoughts. For a form, see the attachment, the bulletin of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or related pages on the National Chinan University website.
   ii.  August 2007 –November 2007 (to be held at the same time each academic year and involving the interview of 12 recipients per annum) Interviews with 12 recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award: The content of the interviews will be compiled into a report, which will look at teaching excellence in various fields, how teachers balance research and teaching and how the two fields can be complementary, giving all of our teachers reference points for the further enhancement of their teaching quality.
II.  Workshops for New Teaching Staff, and Suggestions on how to Improve Teaching:
There is an indivisible relationship between developing a first state research plan and high quality teaching. New teaching staff are the university’s life blood. Because many teachers are relatively inexperienced, thus, providing training in teaching skills to new teachers has always been extremely important for the maintenance of a first rate university. This workshop will invite senior teachers to share their teaching experience, with the aim of helping new teaching staff raise their teaching ability.
III.  Workshops for Teaching Assistants Designed to Improve the Teaching and Course Managing efficiency:
This plan features training courses that will allow TA’s to acquire the skills needed to interact with students and guide student studies. It will also give them an adequate grasp of teaching methods, academic ethics and student culture etc. helping them become part of the university’s high quality teaching team. In addition to TA training, this plan will also consider the methods used by various domestic universities, seek to establish a set of exemplary conducts for all TAs and develop a set of TA evaluation procedures
IV.  Provide Incentives for the Use of the Digital Learning Platform and Training of Digital Teaching Materials Assistants:.
In coordination with NTHU digital learning policy, at the end of each semester, each teacher on the ten courses that have made most use of the digital platform will be given a one-time subsidy of NT$20,00 to encourage wider use of the digital learning platform.  Alongside these incentives, teachers will be assisted in the development of digital teaching materials, a key element in the construction of a digital learning environment. This plan will also include the organization of a series of courses on the production of digital teaching materials, improving the ability of NTHU teachers and assistants to produce digital teaching materials. Courses planned include:
Hourly Honorarium
ULead Video Studio
Editing moving film
1 x2
Animated film production
4 x2
Still image processing
2 x2
Webpage making
2 x2
Front Page
Web page making
2 x2
Image processing
2 x2
Presentation design
2 x2
Moving screen capture
Data table processing
2 x2
(5) Establishing of a “ NTHU Academia Affairs Databank”
NTHU databank will digitize all information relating to “admissions”, “internationalization”, “teaching staff and research results,” “teaching” and “industry/academia cooperation.” This will allow the current status and results of various research projects to be shown immediately, so that they can also be used as the basis for future teaching and research work. It is estimated that the databank will be completed in August 2007.

‧ Improving the Admission System
(1) Admission to College and Inter-College/department Curriculum
By college admission and inter-disciplinary degree programs, we are promoting greater freedom of choice to students with diverse interests, and a plan to nurture cross-discipline talent and increase the flexibility of the educational system. These will help integrate basic knowledge and allow cross-discipline learning, to students who are not yet sure of their direction.
NTHU has a “small college system” which makes college-department coordination easier and ensures college admission and cross-college/department degree programs more flexible. The College of Engineering and Computer Science began admitting students not separated by department in the freshman year. The NTHU College of Humanities and Social Sciences has plans for a degree program, the first two years dedicated to the study of basic courses, senior years to specialized courses, and students required to have two specialties. NTHU’s Department of Bio-technology and College of Informational Management will offer joint programs. At present, consideration is being given to cross-college degree programs (for example bio-technology & chemistry, bio-technology & chemical engineering, bio-technology & microelectronics, information systems & technology management, microelectronics & information systems). The aforementioned degree programs will follow related degree awarding standards.
(2) Improved Admission by Recommendation --- “Star Plan”(
I. Caring for the disadvantaged – an improved admission plan to close the gap between urban and rural areas.
The admission method used by higher education institutions not only affects the quality of students, it also influences the development of senior high school education. In the past few years, our diverse admission plan has helped universities select talented students and also provided students with diverse channels for admission. However, many students continue to face extreme exam pressure and as they prepare to study at a higher level. This situation also makes third year teaching in senior high school more complex. Although the number of universities has increased and most students now have an opportunity to enroll in a college/university should they choose to do so, the pressure faced when trying to gain admission to a quality university remains the same. The problems of students attending “famous” senior high schools and cram schools still exist and have exacerbated the gap between rural and urban areas. With this in mind, NTHU plans to use a “recommendation” method of admission as a way of evening the playing field.. Each high school can set its own recommendation standards, guiding teaching towards normalization and a community orientation.
The objective is to identify talented students who meet NTHU education ideas and objectives but are economically disadvantaged. NTHU plans to nurture students who have special knowledge, are keen to serve people, have a sense of responsibility, motivated to improve and are creative thinkers, people who will go on to become leaders in every area of society. Consequently, student selection requires not only that individuals are academically talented so as to meet the challenge of university courses, potential and character are also stressed, aiming to nurture adaptable talented yougth suited to the development needs of future society.
Current admission methods and standards fail to accurately identify many talented or potentially talented students and often obstruct a student's diversified development. With this in mind, NTHU undertakes to admit students using a selection method that celebrates and nurtures a diversity of talent. The objective is to admit students who meet NTHU's educational approach and guide high school teaching in the same direction. The principles guiding this plan include:
   i.  Fixed quote for every high school
   ii.  Each school will be asked to establish a committee to set assessment standards
   iii.  Recommend of students who meet set standards and conditions
   iv.  Acceptance of all recommended students
   v.  Follow-up and post-admission appraisal of student performance, visit to each school to check if teaching meets required standards. Students from poor families or who perform outstandingly will be awarded scholarships
II.  Result of Star Plan Implementation in Academic Year 2006:
This admission plan admitted 150 students from 150 senior high schools. In addition to expanding the source of NTHU students, making campus culture more diverse, it also provided students from areas where educational resources are insufficient to study at a high quality university. 24 students came from schools which had never had a student gain admission to NTHU and 57 others had only had one student admitted in the last four years.
(3) Introduction of a Diverse-Talent Admission Plan to Promote a Diverse Campus, Stimulating Campus Arts and Sports Activities
On the basis of the “non-specified-discipline” approach to admissions, 18 students will be admitted through a special channel for talented athletes in the freshman year, 2007.

‧ Improving International Competitiveness

(1) Promotion of Teaching in English
Incentive rules provide subsidies for teaching in English and e-learning. This is intended to make teachers more willing to teach in English and place teaching materials online, thereby creating an internationalized study environment and attracting foreign teachers, researchers and students. At present, 10% of all courses and two Masters programs at NTHU are taught in English. NTHU’s Department of Electrical Engineering is the model for teaching in English and there are plans to offer one third of their courses designated in English.
(2) Adding Language Courses, Creating a Campus Atmosphere Conducive to the Study of Foreign Languages
I.  Increased number of language courses offered, improvement of English teaching facilities and recruitment of more teachers.
II.  Rewarding of English proficiency:  students will be financially rewarded for achieving a set standard in foreign language tests (TOEFL,TOEIC.IELTS, National English Proficiency Test, TCF3 for French, JLPT for Japanese, TestDaF for German)
III.  English writing guidance will be provided in coordination with the teaching needs of various departments. For a research- university, research is as important as teaching. The University works to ensure students receive sufficient expert guidance in English writing by providing such programs as “One-on-one Composition Tuition”, “Thesis Composition Guidance”, “Composition Courses”, “English Corner” and the “Writer in Residence Project.”(
   i.  The objective of “One-on-one Composition Tuition” ” is to instruct students in the basics of writing. In addition to pointing out grammatical errors, teachers explain the rules and function of grammar, rules of composition structure etc. With respect to commonly made mistakes,, teacher’s suggestions will be directed at the errors made by individual students. The Center’s teachers will assist students in the following three areas: general writing, writing for specific purposes and academic writing.
    1. General writing: short essays, like TOEFL essays, graduate student examination question in English etc.
    2. Writing for specific purposes: autobiography, resume, SOP, and other documents related to the application to study abroad.
    3. Academic Writing: periodicals, thesis.
   ii. “Thesis Composition Guidance”: The center is entrusted by departments/institutes to provide related courses to instruct graduate students on thesis writing.
   iii. “Composition Courses”: Courses will be offered on the writing of periodical papers, SOP writing, TOELF writing etc. These will enable students to develop the correct structure for an article, instruct them in critical thinking and the appropriate document reference/quotation methods.
   iv.  English Corner: Courses will be planned based on the principle that language is an integral part of life. Students will be able to learn English in an all-English environment that includes a selected theme, book clubs, objective oriented writing, creative writing, group discussion and drama.
   v.   "Writer in Residence project”: the writer in residence will provide students with the following main services:
1. Writing seminar (20 people)
This involves seminars to instruct NTHU students how to write a thesis.
2. Special topic lectures pre-arranged by department/institute (no restriction on venue, which can be chosen by the department/institute)
3. Individual counseling
Preference is given to students writing a thesis or a paper for publication.
   vi.  Chinese Writer in Residence Project: The writer will teach NTHU students creative writing to improve their general writing skills and provide an opportunity channel for exchange with art and cultural circles.
(3) Actively Developing Cooperation Relationships with the World’s Leading Universities, by Actively Promoting Visits and Exchange between NTHU Teachers and Students and Overseas Teachers and Students.
University international work needs to be continually carried out.. NTHU has an implementation strategy and an index for measuring results.
I.  Signing exchange and cooperation agreements with top international universities: In 2005, agreements were signed with six universities, including the University of New Mexico, Honduras University of Science and Technology and France’s No 5 University. In 2006, agreements were signed with eleven universities, including Leiden University of Holland, ENS of Lyons, No3 University of Lyons, Linkoping Institute of Technology of Sweden, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Seoul University of South Korea. In these agreements, preferential conditions were established to promote student exchange between the sister universities, including mutual exemption from study fees, credit acceptance of credits earned at hosting institute and priority for student accommodation applications.
II.  NTHU has a number of measures in place to accommodate degree-seeking study or short term research by foreign students:
   i.  Provides scholarships
   ii.  Provides quota guarantees for elective courses
   iii.  Arranges a host student for each exchange student before arrival to help with adjustment.
   iv.  Invites students to take part in festivals and cultural trips—through dinners and other activities thereby promise mutual understanding.
    v.  Application information is provided to all sister universities on a regular basis. NTHU student admission information is also widely distributed to attract more outstanding international students to study and carry out research at NTHU.
III.  A scholarship is offered to send NTHU students overseas to study at an elite university. This will nurture talented individuals with a broad vision and the experience to work with international research team. It will also provide an excellent chance for students to learn new subjects, raise NTHU’s international profile and promoting exchange.
(4)  Establishing an "International Student Admission Application System”
(5) International Student Exchange Activities
Through AEARU (Association of East Asia Research Universities), Summer Institute in Taiwan and other exchange activities student from overseas will gain a better understanding of the diverse social development in Taiwan and advances in the academic environment. Such activities also allow NTHU students to meet and engage in exchange with, overseas students. This serves to expand their international vision, provides an understanding of universities and students overseas and thereby makes it easier to promote further mutual exchange and study opportunities.
(6)“NTHU International Volunteer Plan”
Guided by the idea that NTHU students should have a more international perspective, the idea is to recruit NTHU students to serve as international volunteers. Volunteers will visit remote areas of the world to provide assistance in IT and academic work, offer medical services (together with a medical team from Yangming Hospital), and teach English etc. The aim is to further promote international activities, raised the profile and influence of NTHU and ensure NTHU students are engaged in international activities with a caring heart for the disadvantaged in other countries. By thus broadening student vision it is hoped that NTHU students will be better positioned to become first-rate talented persons who care for others and understand international trends. .
Under this plan students were sent to work in a number of countries in the summer of 2007. July 4-August 15, eight students from NTHU and six from the National College of Sport went to Nepal to teach English and July 20—24 assisted Lihsin Hospital carry out voluntary medical work there. Also, eight NTHU students and staff from Qingcaohu Community College in Hsinchu visited Medan and Aceh, Indonesia, to assist Taiwan and Indonesian NPOs-NGOs carry out IT basic training to help reduce the digital divide. Invited by Beijing University, 33 students from NTHU, NTU and NCKU went to Qinghai from July 20 to August 5 to engage in voluntary work, manly teaching English and general science.. Finally, NTHU is also cooperating with the National Youth Commission and Commission for Overseas Chinese. August 12 to September 2, students went to the Taiwan School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to assist with teaching at an English camp and provide academic tutorial services.
‧ Strengthening Student Guidance and Life Education (Student Affairs Department)
(1) Providing a safe and comfortable living space
I.  Planning various life safety activities and safety lectures to heighten safety awareness:  
   i.  Implemented by: Student Counseling/Housing Sections
   ii.  Programs offered in 2006 included:
      1. Completion of fire safety training for dormitory area managers and student dormitory supervisors. These individuals also act as assistants during new student training.
      2. Students renting accommodation off-campus are provided with basic legal information. In addition to offering seminars, an online legal information databank was also set up
      3. An emergency information card was issued to all NTHU students and staff, providing them with agent/agency to call in an emergency.
II.  Improving the dormitory living environment and interaction with local residents
  <1>Student counseling/Housing Section
  <2>2006 program:
    i.  Carrying out the Friendship Hall renovation plan
    ii.  Increase in the number of art and cultural activities participated by student clubs. There were also activities facilitating interaction between students and local residents, making the dormitories more people–friendly and upgrading thus enhance educational function.
 (2)  Introduction to Campus Life
I.  Self-development Camp for New Students  (
   i.  Organized by: Counseling Center
   ii.  2006 Program:
       1. Camp activities: were conducted between 8-9 September 2006
       2. This activity provided students who participated with a follow-up opportunity to adapt to campus life. It also enhanced university students’ self-understanding and the establishment of appropriate goals for academic study, campus life and the development of interpersonal relationships.                                                                                            
       3. Contacts between new students, their families and the Counseling Center in the period before the academic year were made. This provides a better understanding of a wide range of services provided by the Counseling Center.

Planned activities to teach about dormitory life on campus.
  • Dormitory Life
i. Organized by: Office of Life Counseling / Housing
ii. 2006 Program:
       1. Training student officials from the new student body. This ensures that new student officials are able to effectively communicate school administrative rules and student opinions, thereby fostering the solidarity among of the new student body.
       2. Organization of activities where senior students assist new arrivals settle into their dormitories and adapt to university life.
  • Joining Student Clubs: The objective is to ensure students who join clubs are willing and able to organize their own studies while retaining a sense of social responsibility and obligation.. 
i. Organized by: Office of Student Activities
ii. 2006 Program: Because students have no opportunity to get together in class other than monthly club work meetings, it is planned to provide a mixed teaching approach including online streaming files and a situational teaching model in concert with monthly club business meetings, to conduct Problem-Based Learning (PBL). These PBL programs will be divided into four sessions based on the stage of club growth – human resources management, activity planning, budget management and crisis management. The aforementioned PBL will guide the participation of certain clubs, using designated tasks to direct the development of core club abilities and characteristics.
The first PBL was completed at the Tsinghua Camp. A total of 188 students and teachers participated, creating 11 action plans for new club heads to deal with problems. Once these heads return to the college they will lead their respective groups in learning programs designed to overcome problems.

iii. Related measures: Use of computers, the Communications Centers’ digital learning platform and media server, and the division of learning and technology learning to assist with filming and editing work.

I.  Organized Legal Education Month and presented talks on moral education
   i.  Organized by: Office of Life Counseling
   ii.  2006 Program: Organized student activity charter law workshops to enhance student knowledge of related laws
II.  Strengthened student counseling, career counseling and activities for overseas Chinese and foreign students.
   i.  Organized by: The Counseling Center
2006 Program:
  1.  May 2006 - A meeting of overseas Chinese and foreign students
  2. Produced relaxing music and a CD ROM offering a brief introduction to the Counseling Center.
  3. June – Workshops for university staff and tutors on cultural diversity
  4. Early September – Overseas Chinese and foreign students were introduced to the Advisory Center and additional support provided to welcome new overseas Chinese students.
  5. October – Support group for foreign students
This was designed to help overseas Chinese and foreign students adjust to local culture whilst also encouraging them to realize their full potential, thereby cultivating a diverse and friendly learning environment.
 Organized by: Office of Overseas Chinese and Foreign Students
2006 Program: Expansion of services for overseas Chinese students
 1. Improve their understanding of Taiwanese culture:
Ⅰ. Cultural tour for foreign students
Ⅱ. Participation in a Dragon Boat competition organized by Hsinchu City         
Ⅲ. Mid Autumn Festival party for Taiwanese, overseas Chinese and foreign students
 2. Experiencing and understanding each others’ culture:
Ⅰ. Rolled up Pancake Festival
Ⅱ. Christmas Party for foreign students
Ⅲ. Christmas Party for overseas Chinese students
 3. Counseling for graduating students:
Ⅰ.Seminar for graduating overseas Chinese students
Ⅱ. Farewell party for foreign students
4. Improvement of welcoming activities for new foreign and overseas Chinese students:
Ⅰ.Freshman Greeting Week and overnight trip
Ⅱ. Greeting of new foreign students
(3) Organized by: Career Counseling Section
2006 Program:
1. Visits: Colleagues at the Center and officials from the campus Job Club organized trips to career counseling departments at various universities and companies (Bureau of Investigation, Ministry of Justice, Soochow University, National Chiayi University, Southern Taiwan Science Park Administration and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp).
2. Enhanced the alumnus career counseling program: This involved a survey into the current career situation and career counseling for 2005 alumnus and students who graduated in 2006.
3. Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Technology and Innovation Management Career Planning Seminar: Three lectures were arranged on the subject of career planning and to share the work experience of alumni. Most companies that usually attend the campus career fair have a scientific/engineering background, so the objective this year was to expand the career service offered to students studying social sciences, law and business. This involved actively assisting students and teachers from the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences organize alumnus career seminars for various departments, whilst actively striving to attract more organizations interested in such students to take part in the career, thereby increasing the number of available employment opportunities.
4. Collected and posted online information from the alumnus association, graduate students and under-graduate students from all departments, whilst also collecting data on the career plans of students about to graduate. Answers and statistics from various questionnaires can be turned into quantitative data or tables and used as tools to evaluate performance.
III.  Drafting of a system of rewards and penalties for students

 i.  It is estimated that all related documents will have been collected and analyzed by the end of 2006. Documents include relevant regulations from universities in Taiwan, the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany etc. These will be studied to determine objectives, definitions of unacceptable behavior, categories and procedures for rewards and penalties etc.
 ii. In addition to document collection and analysis, part of the domestic program also involved visiting administrative staff at Yuan Ze University, whilst the overseas program involved consultation with to staff from universities in Hong Kong.

IV. Counseling Center Program

i.   Organized by: The Counseling Center
ii. 2006 Program:

1. Transfer student contacts and services: Organized parties, speeches and seminars on experience sharing.

2. Monitoring the mental and emotional health of students. This involves the use of the standardized psychological evaluation tools “Physical and Mental Health Life Adaptability” and “Mental Health Measurement Table” to gain a better understanding of student’s physical and mental health.
3. Organized regular training classes, experiential learning workshops etc. to counsel assistants. These enable such individuals to assist the Counseling Center to promote mental health services on campus, serving as a bridge between the Center and the wider student body.
4. Evaluation of classes, talks and on-site counseling. After evaluation and on-site interviews, it was decided to temporarily suspend this program.
5. Promotion of a system of professional supervisors: These provide regular professional counseling, assist the Center’s specialists (psychiatrists / social workers) to maintain the quality of handling individual cases, promote work efficiency and thereby enhance a sense of self awareness and mission.
6. Program to assist research students: Speeches and group-meeting’s dealing with the mental health of research students.
7. Rearranged office layout and expanded facilities (a Relaxation Room has been added to the Resources Classroom, designated individual counseling and group counseling rooms and the Counseling Center)

8. Series of online lectures on mental health, promoting self-learning)

iii. 2007 Program:
1. Increased Internet use: At present, university students often conduct interpersonal relationships and even seek assistance online. In this context it makes sense to strengthen and improve the Counseling Center’s existing website services model. Doing so will enhance self-learning and promotes correct ideas on good mental health, providing a wide range of related information online and in a number of topic based chat rooms.
2. Improved professional counseling services: Strengthening the provision of professional counseling services to research universities. Providing professional services based on research and opinions expressed in surveys allows for a better understanding of the psychological needs of elite students, including a target groups; research and surveys into a counseling strategy for research based universities; establishment of a NTHU database that includes data on problems often encountered by students, teachers and alumni at NTHU, self examination. We also employ external supervisors to assist evaluating the content and quality of professional services offered by the Counseling Center.
3. Promotion of on-campus mental health: Promotion of grade one deteriorating mental health preventative measures on-campus, including a lecture series, group activities, theme-based counseling months etc. These measures are designed to enhance the mental health of teachers and students alike.
4. Orientation counseling for new students: This was designed to improve new student’s understanding of life on campus and self awareness, assisting with the establishment of suitable objectives for class learning, campus life and interpersonal relations. The aim is to improve the ability of new students to adapt to the demands of campus learning and life. This included a handbook for new students, talks on orientation counseling and related group activities.

5. Improved counseling environment: Facilities at the Counseling Center were improved to create a more user-friendly space. This includes upgrading equipment; redecorating and new lights to change general ambiance.

(1)  Student Club Activities
I.  Strengthen student society counseling:
   i.   Organized by: Office of Student Activities
   ii.  2006 Program: “Cross Strait Academic and Cultural Exchange”, improving the mutual knowledge and understanding of academics from Taiwan and Mainland China.
     1. July 3-14 “Experiencing the West – Academics from Taiwan and China Travel the Silk Road”.
     2. July 4-13 “5th Cross Straits Academic Exchange.”
     3. July 25- August 3 – Visit from 4 teachers and 8 graduate students from Qinghua University in Beijing
   iii.  Strengthening student club counseling – Social service oriented clubs:
     1. Organized by: Office of Student Activities
     2. 2005 Program: Activities organized by social service oriented clubs in 2005 were all routine club events. Because changing social habits mean fewer and fewer new student are willing to take part in service activities, there is now insufficient manpower and activities are more narrowly focused.
     3. 2006 Program:
Ⅰ. Consultation was provided for all clubs to improve activities and extra funding.
Ⅱ. Launched a community service program supported by a special budget; a total of 13 student clubs participated, actively promoting a combination of elementary and middle schools programs.
Ⅲ. By October 2006, a total of 32 large scale activities had been organized by social service oriented clubs, including summer-winter vacation service teams being sent to priority districts in conjunction with the National Youth Commission..
Ⅳ. This year, 7 student clubs will continue to lead other interested clubs in the combined program for elementary and middle schools.
iv.  Strengthening student club counseling – art oriented societies:
1. Organized by: Office of Student Activities
2. 2006 Program:
I.  Participation in inter-school performances/competitions to promote exchange (Lanzhou University performance); the aim being to  cultivate quality student clubs at NTHU. This program was one of the focal points for the 2006 development plan. In the future, it will promote wider participation in inter-school and international exchange activities, highlighting the performance of student clubs and adding to the reputation of the university.    
II.   Anniversary of NTHU’s Events: Joint performance of the opera “Chinese Redbud Soul” by 7 student clubs, campus public art exhibit, still life art exhibit, a speech by Tzong-Ching Ju, Art Street and the Kuanlan film festival.
III. Support for large scale activities: sports meets, Mei-Chu Tournament, Lunar New Year Party, orientation for new students, graduation ball etc. 
IV. Improving student clubs: This work resulted in the cultivation of another 7 outstanding student organizations, including the physical creativity workshop, exchange and greeting club, photography club, Chinese music club, wind instrument club, choral, guitar club etc..
v. Strengthening of student club counseling – music based clubs:
1. Organized by: Office of Student Activities
2. 2006 Program:
I.  Street performances at East Gate Street in Hsinchu City: guitar club, wind instruments club, Chinese music club, Echo club..
II.  Large scale on-campus activities: Tsinghua Melody Award Lakeside Concert, 2006 Songzhu Yangmei Concert, 16th Tsing Hua Wind Instrument Camp, guitar camp etc.
III.  2006 NTHU String Instrument club summer practice and summer concert tour: designed to enhance member’s performance skills.
IV.  Presented concerts across Taiwan, introducing people to the passion and energy personified by string instrument clubs from NTHU. The Chinese music club was awarded first place for its string and wind instrument performance in the college category at a national music competition.
V.  The Chinese Music Club received much praise for its cross straits exchange performance.
VI.  Renowned musicians from across Taiwan were employed to provide instruction on the improvement of individual performance technique and to teach students the correct way to organize club practices.
vi.  Strengthening student club counseling – sports clubs:
1.  Organized by: Office of Student Activities
2.  2006 Program:
I.  Competitive wins for the university: The Kendo society did well in the College Cup as did the Golf Club. In 2006, the Taekwondo club came third in the St Johns Taekwondo Competition.
II.  Inter-university exchanges: Chinese martial arts club held its 12th annual martial arts performance.
vii.  Strengthening student club counseling – General and functional student clubs:
1.  Organized by: Office of Student Activities
2.  2006 Program:
III.  Counseling general student clubs on the holding of joint large-scale activities, facilitating an increase in funding and improving the quality of events
IV.  Promotion of cooperation between general student clubs, to improve activities and establish effective links with senior high school events
V.  Assistance with the reorganization of the NTHU Club Publicity Team; at present the main areas of promotional work are graphic and webpage design.
VI.  Examination of the current operations of functional-type student clubs and offers assistance as needed, so as to coordinate with other university services (the showing of films, activity promotions, ceremonies/receptions).
VII.  Improving contacts between the Film Club and film distributors. Starting this year, it was decided to show more commercially popular films so as to attract a wider audience.
II.  Funding for Outstanding student clubs:
     i.  Organized by: Office of Student Activities
     ii.  2006 Program: In 2006 student clubs received funding to purchase equipment (capital), including computer, and photography equipment, large and expensive musical instruments, kilns, poster making machines etc. In addition, air conditioning and drinking fountains were bought to improve venues for club activities. The university also provided community social service funds and operating expenses for the most outstanding clubs as a way of encouraging students to engage in community service activities and stage large scale performances.
III.  Increased pay for student club tutors:
      i. Organized by: Office of Student Activities
       1.  It is estimated that over 70% of student club funding needs will be met.
       2.  Assisting to clubs to invite renowned teachers.
       3.  Utilized classes to encourage student clubs to take part in large scale activities and competitions.
       4.  At the end of each semester, performances or exhibitions can be held to focus on recent achievements and the nurturing of excellence.
‧ Enriching Library and Network Resources
(1). Improving library resources ( )
I.  Improving the collection of materials
   i.  This involves expanding the number of books and periodicals in the library and online materials, so as to make as wide a range of data as possible available for teaching and research work. By May 30, 2006 available resources included:
    1.  Books and periodicals: The library has 10,774 volumes/pieces and 1,576 periodicals.
    2.  Electronic resources: The library has also purchased 30 electronic databases, 3 important electronic data back files (RSC, Nature and Taylor & Francis Education), 3 electronic books (Wiley, Sarfari, Netlibray) and provides access to 2 online newspapers; Endnote index management software was also procured and can be downloaded by students and teachers throughout the university.
   ii.  Establishment of an institutional repository system and digital archives for the university. This strengthens the existing digital repository system and marks a step towards developing the university’s own special collection:
   1.  Establishment of an NTHU institutional repository system: This collects and shares the results of research undertaken by NTHU teachers and students, including periodical articles, research reports, and conference articles. As such, it serves as a general showcase for the university’s research capabilities (
   2.  Establishment of the NTHU digital archives: This is intended to improve the collection, categorization and analysis of artifacts, with the gradual digitization of archive documents and photographs, so as to ensure all relevant data has a longer shelf life (
   3.  Upgrading the digital archives: In concert with the library’s continued collection of data for the special collection, new information has been added including the letters and papers of Yeh Jung-chung, data on the Defend Diaoyutai Movement, a donation of materials by Professor Sun Kuan-han etc. These expansion improved the existing digital archives..
   iii.  Establishment of an open access academic resources portal website. This involves working together with National Taitung University library and collecting free academic data websites. The aim is to provide academics with a search portal that accesses multiple databases, thereby optimizing the use of free online academic sources; it also includes gradually establishing a glossary of frequently used academic terms to assist with the search and use of related documents. At present, a glossary of key words in the life sciences has already been completed (
II.  Improving service quality
   i.  Teachers and students can apply, free of charge, for university-to-university services, actively encouraging the collection of research resources. This extends the range of accessible information to include nationwide and even worldwide academic organizations. From May 2006 to May 2007, 7,048 requests for access to external data were successfully processed.
   ii.  Extended evening and weekend working hours at the Main Library and the Brunch Library of Humanities and Social Sciences.

   iii.  Printed a library services pamphlet (frame 1) and general services introduction. This gives readers a better understanding of the wide range of resources and services available at the library. Color printing equipment was also purchased, enhancing the quality and timeliness of service data promoted by the library, whilst also saving on external printing costs.

Frame 1: Library services pamphlet

   iv.  Extended UST cooperation between 4 universities

1.  Continued promotion of UST library borrowing and lending services, with 32,157 books borrowed and returned from 2006 to May 2007. This promotes access to materials from four institutions, providing readers with a broader ranger of library resources to choose from.
2.  Maintenance of the operational system shared by libraries at the 4 universities, including the completion of Metalib - an integrated search system, a PhD and Masters’ Degree Thesis system and UST inter-school systems. These allow teachers and students from the four universities with the ability to share quality library resources.
3.  The four participating universities have jointly purchased western periodicals and electronic resources, saving on procurement funds by working together to negotiate cheaper prices.
III.  Expanding hardware facilities

i. Purchasing of bookcases, map cases, AV media CD/DVD cabinets, servers, disk displays and a bug-free low temperature freezer (frame2) etc. This equipment is a response to the expanding collection and the need to improve maintenance of special collection data.

Frame 2: bug-free low temperature freezer

ii. Introduction of a public computer campus IC card identification system. This makes it easier for teachers and students from the university to use the library’s facilities, whilst also guaranteeing data security.
iii. Purchase of visual aids (frame 3) to enhance the quality of service available to readers with poor eyesight. This improves the use of audio/ video equipment, computer search and microfiche data.

Frame 3: Visual aid Work Station

(2) Improving Internet Resources (
I. Strengthening on-campus data security                              
This involved the establishment of a security system for the whole campus network, with the necessary security measures established to protect the research work of both teachers and students. To date this has included:
   i.  Improved on-campus Internet security measures. Tendering for the installation of a firewall in the Administrative Building Area and Wireless Internet Area was completed on August 22, 2006 and successfully installed in the machine room, located on the third floor of the Center, on October 5, 2006. Online tests of equipment functions were undertaken. During the test runs, data on Internet packets in the administrative building and wireless area information was collected as a reference point for delineating future firewall Internet security policy.
   ii.  Improved alumnus E-mail and webpage systems. The program to upgrade alumnus E-mail system software (Mail2000) was completed on June 28, 2006 and installed on the existing server, becoming operational on July 29, 2006. In fact, certain customized functions were officially launched on September 25, 2006, the first batch completed being the establishment of accounts for graduating students. It was also decided that E-mail on the old system would be transferred after October 31.
   From casing 3U SCSI to SCSI disk array storage system (Silverstor TN-7216S-U4D). Collective purchasing orders for this procurement were completed on June 22, 2006 and went officially online on July 17. The customized functions of additional measures to assist with the upgrade of the E-mail system software were intended for the mail boxes of current students. Once these individuals graduate they become alumnus mailbox users. Extra storage equipment was purchased in order to handle the rapid increase in user numbers.
   NetFlow copy computer, standard computer Pentium D 2.8GHz (800MHz FSB) (independent computer without a monitor) (Lenovo ThinkCentre A52 8327 series). Centralized procurement orders for this project were completed on June 14, 2006, with delivery and online operations starting on June 22, 2006. This was intended to strengthen data security on campus but will also be regularly used to store NetFlow data copies.
   iii.  Improved air conditioning and power systems in the machine room.
   The uninterrupted power system (UPS) in the Center’s third floor machine room has been operational for over a decade. A new 80KVA UPS was purchased on July 11, 2006 and installed at the designated site on October 5, 2006, with the aim of ensuring a more stable power environment. An estimated 14 work days of tests were expected, though it has recently been discovered that the apparatus emits a high frequency sound and a new round of tests will be conducted after the manufacturer has resolved this problem.

   The air conditioning in the third floor machine room has been used for over 15 years. A new system was purchased on August 10, 2006 and installed at the designated site on October 24, 2006, to ensure a more stable air conditioning environment. An estimated 14 work days of tests were expected which, if they go according to plan, will result in acceptance sometime after November 7, 2006.

 II. Strengthened the university administrative information system

Database capacity has been increased and a back-up computer installed at another location. This is intended to simplify operational processes, enhance work efficiency and continue the development and maintenance of computerized administration at NTHU, whilst improving the security of database and server system performance,. Recent performance has been as follows:
   i.  In mid-June 2006 plans were set in motion to install a back- up university administrative information system at another secure location in the event of a disaster. At the end of July 2006, price negotiations were completed and on September 19, 2006, work started with basic hardware infrastructure completed on October 17, 2006.
   ii.  July-August 2006 procurement of university administrative information system back-up computer. Initial installation is expected to be complete by the end of January.
   iii.  In order to improve the security and performance of the database and various server systems, at the end of July 2006, computer casing for the back up server was completed and in August for the database server. There followed a series of tests and, on October 5, the system went online. In addition, the casing for the replication server was also completed in September and it is expected that real-time data replication work (including 22 databases) will be completed by the end of November.
III.  Improved the digital learning platform
The back up mechanism for the digital learning platform was improved so as to enhance data security and reduce the time needed to stop operations and make copies. Recent performance has been as follows:
   i.  Sun Fire V240 server: This was designed to meet NTHU’s demand for a reasonably priced highly functional system, a Sun introductory grade server product. The dual rack Sun Fire V240 server is the best choice for an application program or portal website server, providing further expandability. The specifications of the current plan are dual CPU 1.5GHz UltraSPARC IIIi and 6GB RAM, together with a transmission card - SUN PCI DUAL FC 2GB HBA w/SFS * 2.
   ii.  Infortrend External RAID Subsystem ES A24F-R2224: In terms of data usability and system reliability, A24F-R2224 supports RAID 6, 60 advanced error acceptances grades), and uses three types of technology - IOSmart, DrvSmart and SysSmart. IOSmart provides background logic disk reassembly, fiber optic channel load balancing, dynamic adjustment cache policy etc. DrvSmart provides a hard disk track buffer processing mechanism that allows disks to be scanned online, identifying and then repairing potentially damaged segments. SysSmart enables the computer to automatically turn itself off when an irregular situation is detected, switching cache mode from Write-Back to Write-Through before shutting down and thereby avoiding the loss of data temporarily stored in the cache memory.
   iii.  NetBackup: Symantec Corps’ VERITAS NetBackup software provides powerful data back up and rapid snapshot technology, ensuring the system is able to rapidly recover any lost data, together with centralized management of various back ups and recovery operations. This provides NTHU with a permanent uninterrupted data protection program.
   iv.  At present several of the computers in the second floor computer classroom are old and slow and have less capacity than more modern computers, which can cause teaching difficulties. These will be upgraded for use by staff and students. The project to upgrade 40 PCs in the computer room was completed in September 2006.
IV.  Stage one in enhancing the campus network
   i.  (1)Enhancing the main campus fiber optics network
The core network equipment connecting the campus network to the outside world reached its peak user life in February 2006 and is clearly unable to satisfy the demand for a 10Gigabit environment needed for future Internet use. At the same time, the campus main line equipment requires a 10Gigabit modular interface connection if the campus network and its connection to the outside is to be upgraded to that of a 10G network environment. In addition, the fiber optic system on the NTHU campus is an oldere multi-mode fiber optic type, which is unable to meet departmental demands for high speed Gigabit bandwidth for teaching and research purposes. Given the demand for an applications environment for the new era that satisfies the need for a campus network that is large in capacity and operates at an acceptable speed whilst also improves Internet security, a decision was made to upgrade the core network equipment that connects the campus network to the outside world and the campuses fiber optical network system. This will enhance NTHU’s competitiveness in the future Internet world. Given the limit on approved funding, all that could be purchased this year was a Cisco7609 10G modular interface. In July 2007, it is expected that the Juniper M160 - the older core network equipment that connects the campus network to the outside and for which there is no maintenance contract, will be replaced by a Cisco7609 purchased in 2004, which will provide better performing external network links.
    ii.  Wireless local area network
WLAN is playing an extremely important role on a new generation of information based and data applications integrated campuses. As such, how to establish a WLAN that is both convenient and secure is a key issue. There are plans to introduce a 802.1x and website certified dual portal WLAN system, to which end the necessary WLAN security controls will have been purchased by August 2007. To provide the diverse certification environment needed for a campus public area WLAN, the necessary wireless network access points (AP) will be upgraded by November 2007, increasing public space wireless network transmission speed on campus from 11Mbps to 54Mbps (802.11g).
V.  Improving data security protection
   i.  (1)Establishing a system to block SPAM
The proliferation of SPAM is an increasingly severe problem. Although the Center established its own SPAM identification system in 2004, the complexity of the problem and difficulties in identification required further action to be taken to provide users with an improved SPAM and virus mail filtering service. To that end, the Center tested a high performance mail security system on March 22, 2007. This went online for users throughout the university on May 8, 2007, offering a High Availability framework that provides a stable E-mail service. The results were impressive and the system was approved in July 2007. Beginning in June 2007, purchases of storage systems were made to increase the capacity of user hard disks and offer the use of an important server system for back ups. This helped to establish a secure E-mail user environment.
   ii.  (2)Establishing a data security system
At present, the Center uses to control and measure the flow of inappropriate information and a management system for network security. These two systems create roughly 40GB of data per day but can only provide storage for 5-9 days. Any data beyond that has to be manually recorded onto a DVD. Purchasing storage systems to increase available data storage space and improving storage methods helps  to provide more comprehensive systems operation capability and data back ups. On June 15 2007 an additional network storage system was purchased using a “Central Trust of China Inter-Entity Supply Contract.”
Data security audits often find that despite knowing of flaws in system security, managers and other users fail to upgrade,, leading to serious hacking incidents. Using the regular audits provided by a weak point detection system reminds users to make necessary upgrades and thereby provided more complete network system protection. Tests of the weak point detection system software were completed on May 22 2007 to develop an operational framework for the system.
The Center plans to introduce data security identification. The objective is to use the data security management system to establish, execute, operate, supervise, examine, maintain and improve data security at NTHU. The process of passing this certification can also be used to identify areas where data security at the university is inadequate. On May 10 2007, the Ministry of Education’s Computer Center sent an E-mail notice on “an investigation into the introduction of area and county network ISMS.” At present, we are waiting for the MoE to announce related plans to enable necessary follow-up planning work, thereby avoiding wasted or duplicated expenditure.
VI.  Improving the digital learning environment
Because the installation of the second floor metal shutter to the computer room needs to be incorporated into the existing restricted access system, the integration of related hardware and software is currently ongoing. The computer room itself will be reorganized over the summer vacation, though the rebuilding of AV 3B media classroom is complete and it will, therefore, be available next semester. The campus authorized software download platform has also already been installed and is being used by students. However, in order to provide an even more convenient user environment, we are currently seeking to integrate this with the university administrative information system, thereby reducing the need for students to remember multiple passwords. A paperless applications system is also being introduced and will be online when the next semester starts. At present, the Center has organized 24 training classes and will continue to offer courses useful to students over the summer vacation and next semester. As for the plan to redecorate the second floor computer room, the first phase has already been completed and stage two will be undertaken during the summer break. Equipment to record historical audio-visual materials has already been purchased and the system is in place with students employed part-time currently transferring files. A maintenance contract has been signed for the digital learning platform BlackBoard and currently we are also introducing a new Moodle platform as a substitute, whilst also actively reworking the NTHU website. The new website should be online by next semester.