The 2019 USR EXPO “Love locals, Dreams take off” will unfold at the Kaohsiung International Convention Center from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.
The organizer, the Center for University Social Responsibility under the Ministry of Education, has invited experts from all sectors of the industry, including government and academia, to share the results of University Social Responsibility (USR), and hold international seminars and forums.
Colleges and universities in Taiwan and other companies that have long been engaged in social responsibility practices, including Impact Hub Taipei, Tainan’s Zeelandia Dementia Association, Hao Shi Social Enterprise, City Wanderer Yu-Cheng Association, Yang-Sheng Charity Foundation, Mu Red Bean and other units, have joined the 220 USR project teams.
In addition to the exhibition area for sharing project results and the indoor and outdoor dynamic results exhibition, a “Starlight Cinema” event will be held on the evening of Nov. 29, featuring local residents in Kaohsiung and members of the USR project team to enjoy two films, “Yan-Cheng District Chief” and “Big Waves Life.”
“Yan-Cheng District Chief” takes everyone on a journey back to the 1960s to get a glimpse of the glorious scenery of Yanchengpu whilst “Big Waves Life” allows viewers to witness how two young drifters from the South who landed in Kaohsiung uphold their faith and embark on their new musical careers and lives.
International Focus and Local Implementation
This year’s international seminar has a strong lineup too, with the Vice President of Shinshu University in Japan, Soichiro Nakamura, starting things off by sharing with the public, the impact Shinshu University has on the research regarding Japan’s earthquakes and tsunami as well as their achievement and efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Next, Dr. Petra Buergelt of the University of Canberra, Australia, will talk about how to work with community partners to practice social responsibility. Professor Lu Yung-Hong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong analyzed, through systematic context, the evolution of USR and further evaluated the performance of it.
Professor Lin Wei-Feng of the University of Hong Kong viewed USR from another angle and considered the social dynamics behind the driving force of USR. Through introducing Hong Kong experiences, Lu had the audience brainstorm together ways to create a more profound impact with USR.
Focus Forum X Four Principal Themes
The USR EXPO also has a focus forum focusing on four major themes: local creation, sustainable development, social care, and innovation for young entrepreneurs and retirees. The “Placemaking” forum invited the Chairman of the National Development Committee Chen Mei-Ling and a number of scholars to discuss Taiwan’s policies regarding this issue.
They discussed how the USR could become a bridge between the abundant resources of universities and regional industries, and how it could help boost participation among teachers and students in the community and placemaking.
The “Sustainable Development” forum is based on the 17 sustainable development goals introduced by the United Nations in 2015. Scholars and experts from India, Indonesia and Australia are invited to exchange and share their views. By strengthening local connections and deepening social care, Taiwan is made more caring through the practice of USR. ●
For more information, visit https://usrexpo.tca.org.tw/。