The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan — A signing ceremony marking the establishment of a cooperation framework for talent cultivation between the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) took place yesterday, at the Department of Transportation and Communication, NCKU, according to a press release from the school. NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su (蘇慧貞) and TRA Director-General Yung-Hui Chou (周永暉) signed the cooperation framework on behalf of the organizations. Chou said he was very happy to see the collaboration kick off. He also noted that with the cooperation framework, a new generation for TRA has become possible. The TRA has collaborated with NCKU since 1931 and a BK24 steam locomotive given by the TRA to NCKU is a token of their partnership, according to NCKU.
The locomotive is the third-oldest steam locomotive with national treasure status, and the only steam locomotive used as a teaching aid in Taiwan, NCKU stated. After signing the cooperation framework, Chou said, the TRA will give NCKU the R100 diesel-electric locomotive to mark the start of another new milestone, said NCKU.