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MOU between NSYSU and Universities in Marseille: Encouraging Taiwan-France Marine Research

NSYSU President Ying-Yao Cheng has recently led a delegation team to Marseille, France and signed collaboration MOU with the Aix-Marseille University and Ecole Centrale de Marseille for academic research and student exchanges. Senior Vice President Yang-Yih Chen, leading a team of faculties from the College of Marine Sciences has also headed to the Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre (IRPHE) for comprehensive discussion in the field of Marine Science research.

Senior Vice President Yang-Yih Chen visited IRPHE with a team consisting of the Dean of the College of Marine Sciences, Hsien-Hua Lee, Professor Guan-Yu Chen, Assistant Professor Jason C.S. Yu, and Dr. Hung-Chu Hsu. The team was warmly welcomed by the IRPHE. The team engaged in discussion with Professor C. Kharif, Professor G. Sergey, Professor M. Francius, and Professor O. Kimmoun of IRPHE, and Dr. A. Lotfi of Météo France, focusing on extreme waves in the ocean. Chen stated that freak wave is one of the main causes of ocean vessel disaster and coastal activity dangers. Thus, the freak wave has become one of the most concerned issues in ocean and climate change research. However, due to the freak wave’s unpredictability and complicatedness of its cause, the science academia only has a limited understanding of freak wave.

Chen further stated that the teams from NSYSU and the French universities will propose a MOST-ANR international collaboration project and develop the prediction mechanism of freak waves and the precaution system of abnormal wave activities for ocean regions surrounding Taiwan through analysis of theory, data, and hydraulic model tests. In addition, the Météo France will engage in the project through providing its Three-dimensional wave-current coupled model and construct large-scale current coupling forecast models in Taiwan’s ocean regions to develop Taiwan’s current and wave prediction systems.

The Aix-Marseille University is the largest university in France, and also in the French-speaking world. There are 4 Noble Prize winners in its alumni and faculty. The Aix-Marseille University currently has about 74,000 students, 4,200 faculty members, and 4,100 staff members. More than 10,000 students of the school are international students from other countries.

The Ecole Centrale de Marseille is ranked within the top 20 among 210 engineering higher education institutes in France. It is a member of the Groupe des Écoles Centrales in France, and also a member of the Top Industrial Managers for Europe (T.I.M.E.). The Aix-Marseille University and the Ecole Centrale de Marseille have 8 collaborative labs, including the IRPHE which collaborates in marine science research with NSYSU.
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