National Tsing Hua University was the first university in Taiwan to have a Research and Development Office established in 1981. In 2008 it established the Office of Industry-University Collaboration to facilitate cooperation between the university’s research centers with relevant government and industry sectors. The Office manages collaboration projects between industries and the university, facilitates intellectual and technology transfers, and provides innovative incubation services. In 2010, the Office of Industry-University Collaboration was expanded and renamed the Operations Center for Industry Collaboration (OCIC) and charged with the task of planning and coordinating relevant departments and resources, and providing support to faculty and students in their research and service projects involving Taiwan’s industrial and government sectors.
The OCIC also assists government agencies in promoting important industry-university collaboration programs, and contributes to the creation of policies and regulations which enhance the development of strategies to improve industry-university collaboration. In addition, the OCIC maintains close cooperative ties with national research institutions concerned with social welfare and economic development.
Over the years, National Tsing Hua University has become a national standard in its contributions to research and development in cross-sector collaborations, and has won numerous awards, both at home and abroad. These include;