NSYSU teams up with JSSC to cultivate submarine professionals
National Sun Yat-sen University, as the first academic institution in Taiwan, developed a miniature submarine. After having tied an alliance with CSBC Corporation in January, NSYSU, represented by President Ying-Yao Cheng, signed a collaboration agreement with Jong Shyn Shipbuilding Company (JSSC), represented by President Pi-Hsiang Han in the beginning of March. Both parties agreed to engage in industry-academia cooperation, joint development of advanced underwater vehicles, cultivation of professionals in marine engineering, expanding cooperation in defense industry, and launching joint projects. The University has also tied an alliance with Taiwan National Defense Industry Development Association to jointly develop underwater technology for the defense industry.
NSYSU and JSSC will focus on the cultivation of professionals. Both parties stated that with the development of advanced underwater technology, the demand for marine engineering talents is growing, and encouraged NSYSU students to study the Program in Underwater Research and Technology they launched and join the underwater technology R&D field. In addition to scholarships and job opportunities, NSYSU and JSSC will provide summer internships at the shipyard on Cijin Island for the students to learn by doing, and become marine engineering talents in Taiwan with immediate employment upon graduation.
President Cheng said that NSYSU’s Underwater Vehicle R&D Center is the only of such kind in Taiwan and that recently, it has successfully completed the test of its first-generation two-pilot manned underwater vehicle (MUV) in the open waters around the Anping Port in Tainan at the depth of 8 meters. The University is confident about the future of the MUV, and the local shipbuilding industry in Kaohsiung – CSBC Corporation and JSSC, both collaborating with NSYSU, are even more optimistic. By cooperation with local industry, NSYSU hopes to turn Kaohsiung into a center for the development of underwater technologies in Taiwan.
President Han said that JSSC is the largest producer of steel and aluminum vessels in Taiwan, producing patrol ships for the Coast Guard, cargo ships, passenger liners, oil and chemical tankers, high-tech research vessels, ultra-low temperature freezer containers, and pleasure yachts. This time, having tied an alliance with NSYSU, both parties will advance their capacity in the research and development of underwater manned and unmanned vehicles and hopefully, in the future, contribute to the Indigenous Defense Submarine Project.
As for the software upgrading of underwater vehicles, Director of the Underwater Vehicle R&D Center, Chua-Chin Wang, said that the University attaches importance to its collaboration with JSSC on the development of underwater communication technology. The University and JSSC will join hands to incorporate sonar systems, artificial intelligence, and jointly develop signal sensors to strengthen underwater signal transmission. As for hardware, JSSC and NSYSU will cooperate on the half-acrylic, half-metal second-generation MUV to create a 180-degree field of view, and in 2026, a third-generation MUV entirely made of acrylic for a 360-degree field of view that will be used for underwater exploration, rescue, tourism, maintenance, collecting samples, and may even contribute to Taiwan's Indigenous Defense Submarine Project as it enables underwater rescue submarine projects.