TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with AECOM, a U.S.-based technical services company, on environmental protection and city development through scientific and technical cooperation, natural disaster assessment and water research.
NCKU President Hwung-Hweng Hwung signed the MOU concerning scientific and technical cooperation with Tony Shum, chairman of AECOM Asia; Chjeng-Lun Shieh, director of Disaster Prevention Research Center (DPRC), signed the MOU on geotechnical management and natural disaster assessment with Sean Chiao, executive vice president, AECOM Asia; and Tsair-Fuh Lin, director of Water Research Center, inked the MOU on water research with Chiao.
Under the agreements, both parties will exchange scientists, professional technical information and conduct educational training of technical staff in areas of mutual interest.
The collaboration of NCKU and AECOM is promising, said Hwung, as NCKU is one of Taiwan's top engineering universities whose students will be given more opportunities to gain hands-on experience under the agreements.
The partnership will benefit both parties as they share and develop research in the areas of construction services, environment, water resources and city development.
The MOUs will contribute not only to the professional training of technical personnel but will also help with preventative measures against natural disasters, according to Shum.
Disaster prevention is an urgent issue for global community and the research on disaster management and prevention will benefit related industries, according to director Shieh of NCKU DPRC, one of the main institutions for disaster prevention and mitigation in Taiwan.
One of the missions for Shieh’s institution is to organize resources to tackle with disasters caused by extreme weather conditions.
Working with NCKU will allow AECOM to reinforce its research on water resources and other areas, according to Chiao.
With a staff of over 45,000, AECOM is a global provider of both technical and management support services to a broad range of markets.
It serves clients in around 130 countries around the world and had revenue of US$8.2 billion (NT$245 billion) for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2012.