Partnership between NCU and Estonian University of Life Sciences for Devotion to Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technology
NCU and Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the EMU campus in September 2019. NCU and EMU will share the niches of specialized research fields, connecting governments, industries, academic institutes and research organizations in Taiwan and Estonia. The partnership aims to develop the research and application of remote sensing and geospatial technology in environments, agriculture, and forestry, providing faculty and student exchange and promoting academic collaboration and civic diplomacy.
The president of NCU, Dr. Jing-Yang Jou, the director of the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research (CSRSR), Dr. Fu-An Tsai, and Associate Professor Kuo-Hsin Tseng at the CSRSR visited EMU and participated in the MOU signing ceremony. On behalf of all NCU members, President Jou presented Professor Mait Klaassen, rector of EMU, a high-resolution satellite image of Estonia and an image of 3-Dimensional Digital Surface Modeling (DSM) made by the CSRSR at NCU.
“The territory of Estonia is more than 40,000 km2, yet the population is only about 1.3 million. Forestry and agriculture take up the biggest part of the national landscape and are the two major sources of national economies, and Estonia consists of mostly forests and farms. In the past, we relied on manpower in the field to investigate our natural resources, yet this method could not help us fully grasp the abundant natural resources we have. However, with the technological support of remote sensing, we could definitely integrate the current ground observation with the data gathered by remote sensing and reach a multi-facet and synergistic effect,” said the rector of EMU, Professor Mait Klaassen.
“Taiwan and Estonia share several similarities in actively developing technologies, information and communication industry, and international communication. NCU has been endeavoring to establish international collaborations for years and has been one of the leading universities in Taiwan. We believe that the MOU between NCU and EMU will be the key to the future cooperation in the research on and application in territorial and environmental monitoring, land management, spatial analysis, and information platforms,” stated President Jou.