The Center for Research and Development of Marine Science is established at the campus of Chinese Culture University (CCU). The major goals of the Center are to:
Strengthen the depth and scope of marine science research and development by integrating the academic resources from CCU Department of Life Science, Geology, Atmospheric Science, and Geography.
Promote CCU as a benchmark marine science research and development university.
Provide an academic platform for interdisciplinary scientific exchanges.
Main marine science concerns of the Center are:
Problems and Policies
Current Research Status and Future Prospects
Current Development Status and Future Prospects
In the past few years, the Center, besides publishing annual reports, articles related to Taiwan marine science in prestigious national and international scientific journals, has published The Taiwan Hall of Fame Book on Marine Scientists to commemorate outstanding marine science teachers in Taiwan.
The Center has organized two exhibitions on the “Beauty of the Ocean” coordinated by Taiwan marine scientists, experts, and undersea professional photographers, one at the CCU Library Exhibition Hall, and another at the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology.
The Center has also supported a series of special lectures by experts from the Shell Oil Refinery Company, National Taiwan University Ocean Research Center, National Taiwan Ocean University, Marine National Park Headquarters, Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Ltd., Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory (National Cheng Kung University).
Every year the Center organizes and supports symposiums, workshops and conferences, both in the national and international levels, such as the Earth Science System Forum (held in Taiwan yearly), 2018 International Symposium on Climate Change and Coastal Environment (held in Vietnam), 2019 Workshop on Biodiversity of Taiwan-Ryukyu Archipelago (head in Taiwan).
The Center has also supported short-term inbound and outbound mobility field study programs between CCU and University of the Ryukyus, Ton Duc Thang University (Vietnam), Binh Duong University (Vietnam), Hochiminh City University of Natural Resources and Environment (Vietnam), Hong Kong Chinese University, National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.
The Center also offers regular semester courses in “Marine Geographic and Environmental Resources”, “Maritime Development and Conservation”, “Near-shore Wind Power Generation”, “Aquaculture Production”.
In recent years, the Center also initiates seeding funds to support scientists to conduct innovative research studies in cancer therapy medicine using Taiwan native marine plant (Sargassum crassifolium) extracts; wild bitter melon leaf extract effect on obesity of zebrafish; and the morphological and acoustic signal variance of the Okinawa tree frog (Rhacophorus viridis) among islands in the Ryukyu Archepelago.