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Construction of Sizihwan New Marine Center at NSYSU started today and is to be completed in 2021

Thanks to the ‘Prospective Infrastructure Plan’ of the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education, NSYSU has gained support to build Sizihwan New Marine Center – the first water sports center in Kaohsiung. The construction officially started on September 10th. University President Ying-Yao Cheng said that the construction of Sizihwan New Marine Center is to be completed in 2021. The Center will cultivate water sports athletes, promote water sports industry, organize domestic and international competitions and offer academic education. In the future, the Center will be open to public. We hope to help the government to turn Taiwan into a water sport hub.

The University organized a ceremony to celebrate the start of the construction. Among the attendees were: the University President Ying-Yao Cheng, Senior Vice Presidents: I-Yu Huang, Ying-Chung Chen and Hsiu-Fen Tsai, Head of the Office of Student Affairs Ching-Li Yang, Head of the Office of General Affairs Jih-Ching Chiu, former Head of the Office of General Affairs Hsien-Wen Hsueh, Head of the Sports Facilities Division of the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education Hsin-Wen Hsu, Deputy Head of Sports Development Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government Ming-Chen Chou, Deputy Head of Marine Bureau Teng-Fu Huang, representative of the contractors and NSYSU teachers and students. The ceremony included a dance and percussion performance by Guangrong Elementary School and a traditional religious ceremony, during which offerings were made and incense sticks were burned to pray for favorable conditions to complete the construction.

“Sizihwan Bay, where NSYSU is located, is the best spot for water sports in Kaohsiung”, said the University President Ying-Yao Cheng. In the past, in cooperation with Kaohsiung Sports Festival, the University organized courses to promote water sports, including windsurfing, laser sailing and dugout canoeing. NSYSU Water Sports Centre is the only center of this kind among institutions of higher education located by the sea. “NSYSU is also the only university offering windsurfing classes”. Sizihwan New Marine Center, which construction we celebrate today, is going to be a two-floor building with a total area of 1190 m2; it will have an administrative operation center, recreation information center, center for continuing education, gym, boat and equipment store house, maintenance room, security center and first-aid room. We hope that once the construction is complete, the Center will make more people engage in water sports in Taiwan.

The project of the Sizihwan New Marine Center corresponds to the ‘Improvement of the Water Sports Environment’ subproject, related to the ‘Prospective Infrastructure Plan’ of the Administrative Yuan and the ‘Plan for the Construction of Recreational Sports Environment’ of the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education. Fully-equipped Sizihwan New Marine Center will be built in this conveniently located place to promote rowing, kayaking (including rafting and flat-water canoeing), sailing and other water sports. It will constitute a part of the water sports infrastructure, helping the government to successfully turn Taiwan into a water sports hub. NSYSU hopes to have more opportunities to cooperate with the Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education and Sports Development Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government to contribute to the promotion of sports in Taiwan.
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