The Times Higher Education announced its World University Impact Rankings 2022. Tunghai University tied with National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University and Taipei Medical University for the third place in Taiwan, ranking 101-200 globally. To fulfill its university social responsibilities, Tunghai University set up the USR Office, signed a university sustainability initiative with Taiwan Institute of Sustainable Energy, and launched the Smart Zero Emission Service Alliance and the Corporate Sustainable Impact Alliance to joint hands with local industries to address the UN SDGs and ESG issues.
Tunghai University set up the USR Office, signed a university sustainability initiative with Taiwan Institute of Sustainable Energy
According to Tunghai University President Kuo-En Chang, the most effective way for a university to fulfill USR is to collaborate with corporates in their CSR and ESG efforts in dealing with climate change and zero emission challenges. With our four sustainability goals in mind, Tunghai has set up a sustainability development office and a 1.5-hector smart zero emission demonstration site. The four sustainability goals are: to build a research center with unique Tunghai features, to build a green university, to set up an incubation hub for cross-disciplinary sustainability talents, and to promote sustainability initiatives and corporate counseling.
Eugene Chien, Chairman of the Taiwan Institute of Sustainable Energy (TAISE), said that TAISE is paying continuous attention to issues such as sustainable energy, green economy, low-carbon society, climate change and corporate sustainability. It is working closely with universities to promote the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and hopes that the cooperation between the two parties will produce synergistic effects while deepening the local connections that will bring co-benefit of the ecology and the society.
In the future, Tunghai University Vice President Professor Jo-Shu Chang will lead a research team on the integration of biomass energy, negative carbon technology, smart ecology and circular economy, and Management College Dean Prof. Hong-Ji Chen will lead a sustainable service combining digital transformation and ESG. These two teams are well experienced in assisting companies in energy saving, AI intelligent management, plant application of algae and negative carbon technology, compilation of sustainability reports, Dow Jones Sustainability Rating, carbon disclosure, carbon-related financial disclosure, and ESG efforts.