Siwan College, NSYSU

Social Innovation in Taiwan Summer Program (SIT Program)



The idea of social innovation as devised by the Young Foundation points to “new ideas that meet unmet needs.” The aim of the Social Innovation in Taiwan Program (SIT Program) organised by Si Wan College, NSYSU, is to provide young talents from East Asia with an exceptional opportunity to better understand the society’s urgent needs, and to look at the ways in which public sectors, NGOs, enterprises, higher education institutions, and cultural institutes in Taiwan have made efforts to achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) stated by the UN.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 has greatly undermined global mobility, a more united and sustainable transnational network is even more needed than ever before. Si Wan College invites local and international students, who have already arrived Taiwan, to join this program. We aim at building up a multicultural team capable of tackling social issues in an innovative and proactive way.




Program orientation: 20 August Thursday

Program: 26th – 28th August 2020 (Wednesday – Friday)

Final Presentation: TBA (3-7 September)


Participants: We invite 15 Taiwanese and 15 international students of NSYSU to join the program.


Fee: Free of charge.


Successful applicants should be:

  1. Able to use English as the main tool for communication
  2. Good interpersonal skills and a sense of teamwork.
  3. Passionate about getting engaged in local social, economic, environmental, cultural fields in Taiwan.
  4. Registered officially at NSYSU, including the Language Centre.

Certification: A certificate will be issued for full participation.


Location: Kaohsiung and Tainan.


Language: English will be the main language for communication throughout the event.


Program director: Stephen D. Tsai, Professor, Dean of Si Wan College


Program coordinator:

Koching Chao, Assistant Professor, Si Wan College

Chiahao Hsu, Assistant Professor, Si Wan College

(listed in alphabetical order)



Shih Yu Ting,


Koching Chao,, 07-525-2000 #5746;

Chiahao Hsu, , 07-525-2000 #5909



Program Orientation

Date: 20 August 2020 (Thursday)

Time Activity Location
10:10-10:30 Registration SW1005 10th fl Info-library building
10:30-10:40 Get to know Si Wan College, Staff and Mission SW1005, 10th fl Info-library building
10:40-11:00 Social Innovation in Taiwan (SIT) Program Mission Statement SW1005, 10th fl Info-library building
11:00-11:20 SIT Program schedule run through SW1005, 10th fl Info-library building
11:20-11:40 Q&A SW1005, 10th fl Info-library building
11:40:12:00 Document Submission SW1005, 10th fl Info-library building



26th August Wednesday


Time Activity Location
07:30-08:00 Gathering and pairing up for learning groups NSYSU campus
08:00-09:30 Travel to Tainan: Eternal Golden Castle Coach
09:30-11:00 On-site tour

Theme: Sustainability and preservation of cultural heritage I

Eternal Golden Castle
11:00-11:15 Travel to Anping Fort (Fort Zelandia) Coach
11:15-12:15 On-site tour

Theme: Sustainability of cultural heritage II

Anping Fort
12:15-13:30 Lunch break Anping old street
13:30-13:50 *Travel to Blueprint Culture & Creative Park Coach
14:00-15:00 On-site tour Blueprint Culture & Creative Park
15:00-17:00 Seminar 1: Taiwanese Industry in the context of 2030 SDGs Agenda (Theme: industry innovation and sustainability) Sun Lung Gear Co.


17:00-18:20 Dinner
18:30-19:00 Travel to B&B & check-in
19:00-20:30 Convergent Thinking: SDGs Group Poster Making & Sharing Session



27th August Thursday
Time Activity Location
08:00-08:30 Breakfast and gathering Fuqi Hostel & B&B
08:30-09:00 Travel to Chimei Museum Coach
09:00-10:30 On-site tour guide


Chimei Museum
10:30-12:00 Seminar 2: Cultural-led Social Innovation in Taiwan (Theme: Sustainable Cities and Communities)
12:00-13:30 Lunch break Chimei Museum café
13:30-14:00 Travel to Taijian National Park Coach
14:00-15:00 On-site tour Taijian National Park
15:00-17:00 Seminar 3: Building a sustainable Environment (Theme: Sustainable Cities and Communities)
17:00-17:30 Travel to B&B Coach
17:30-19:00 Dinner


28th August Friday
Time Activity Location
**-09:00 Breakfast and gathering Fuqi Hostel & B&B
09:00-10:45 Task 1: Sharing your opinion: Taiwanese Social Innovation in the Global Context Fuqi Hostel & B&B
10:45-11:00 Travel to Hayashi Department Store Opening hour: 11:00 am
11:00-12:30 Task 2: Conversing Past and Present Via Camera Lens Hayashi Department Store
12:30-13:30 Lunch break Hayashi Department Store
13:00-13:50 Travel to King Point Enterprise Co. Coach
14:00-16:00 On-site tour

(Theme: industry innovation and sustainability)

King Point Enterprise Co.
16:00-17:00 Returning to campus