Ah, long time I scribbled any posts. It’s always a pleasure to write about my experiences and I am glad to be back after a long break. A long break because of tough subjects, mind boggling lab tasks and my own lack of will. Good news is that all that is over now and I am free to write again. Last few months have been really eventful. I was buried under a ton of assignments, attended some crazy parties, helped a few drunken friends out of trouble, met new people mostly exchange students from Europe (notably Italy), climbed to the top of Mt. Jade, made a trip to Philippines, jogged my way to fitness and made up to the lost sleep later on. What I really missed on was capturing these moments in my camera but I hope to get something to post in the future with some nice or sometimes odd pictures as evidence to support my escapades. I will keep this post short and as a precursor to the more elaborate and interesting posts to come. Till then zài jiàn.
Away from home in a strange land – I always imagined and prepared myself for a life of solitude and hardship. In my experience it’s the small things that can get better of a person. One may end up depressed and stressed, as it happened to one Indian friend who recently got admitted to NCTU. Feeling home sick is one of the symptoms of the troubles that may come along. In such situations one needs people who can help you get through these crazy emotions; people that help you get through difficult times and help you settle down.
I may take some space to boast that I have got friends that got were there to help this confused soul but this post is reserved for two very special persons I met here – Angel and Aileen, executive assistant and project manager, respectively of EECS department (of course it’s there official introduction), but for souls like me they are the guardians who are there whenever they are needed. I may write innumerable lines about these two “angels” and there may still be a lot to say. As of now all I would say is, we don’t need real angels from heaven when there are people like you. I think that people like me would be lost if you are not there. Thank you for being there!
The NCTU offers degree courses through various programs that attract students from all over the world. The EECS International Graduate Program is one such program that offers graduate/PhD degrees in the field on electrical engineering and computer science. In Taiwan education is imparted in Chinese language but the international program’s courses are taught in English that gives a good opportunity to students from across the globe to explore Taiwan’s education system and ongoing academic research.
All the courses are structured and designed for the industry. The research labs of the electrical, electronics and computer science are open to all the students and one may choose to join any lab of interest. The students also have the freedom to study subjects from multiple fields like electrical and electronics, computer science and even MBA. The EECS department offers financial aids to students in the form of scholarships, tuition waivers and paid on-campus jobs. Usually, all the students get one or other form of financial aids.
“Libraries are humanities’ link to both the past and the future. In the present, they are vital to maintaining and nurturing the yearning for knowledge in the hearts and minds of patrons. And let’s not forget the pleasure and delight of quiet, cozy browsing and choosing that exact book one cannot live without.” – Anonymous
NCTU’s library has a limitless treasure of books – six floor majestic adobe of knowledge. It has thousands of books and journals and magazines from past and present. The library has an online books management system which allows a person to search and locate books, journals or other materials online while checking their availability on shelf. The system also allows reading or downloading eBooks, e-Journals and conference literature.
Life of a research student can be very stressful sometimes. Everyone has a different way of coping with stress; I for one have found some very delightful and solitary places on the campus itself.
I found this solitary tree with a bench; a quiet place to reflect on your life. After a long and hard and sometimes unsuccessful day at work/lab I often spend my time here on cool summer evenings.
This Chinese style shelter is a good place to spend time after work. One may sit with friends over a nice cup of coffee or just a read a book when alone. There are many such places on the campus and everyone can choose their own spot.
The Kuang-Fu campus is a beautiful lush green campus spread over a large area. There are a number of lakes spread around the campus with small gardens between the concrete offices and academic buildings. The Bamboo lake is the largest lake in NCTU, near the Temple gate; it attracts for everyone with its serenity an beauty. Small trails and pavements, shadowed by greens, lead to places inside the campus. The campus with its serene setting, beauty and quiet is a perfect sanctuary for academicians.
National Chiao Tung University or NCTU is a national university of Taiwan located in the center of its “silicon valley” – the Hsinchu city. It is one of the oldest universities in Taiwan. I was established in the year 1896 in Shanghai in mainland China, but by the efforts of its alumni was reestablished in the year 1957 in Taiwan, Republic of China. The reestablished institute was an institute of electronics aimed at development of electronics industry in Taiwan. With the efforts of National Chiao Tung University and similar institutes it is no wonder Taiwan has established itself as a leader in this industry. The University has two campuses in Hsinchu – Kuang-Fu and Bo Ai. Kuang-Fu, located on the outskirts of the city, is the larger campus and is the center of engineering and applied sciences and homes the school of management.