Taiwan and Sri Lanka Environmental Change Sciences and Technology Innovation Center
The Taiwan and Sri Lanka Environmental Change Sciences and Technology Innovation Center (TS/ECSTIC) was established by National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJP) under the support of Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The Grand Opening Ceremony was held at USJP, Sri Lanka on February 25th, 2019. Professor Mitch Chou, Vice President for Research and Development of NSYSU led 11 delegates to the opening ceremony, and Ambassador Chung-kwang Tien, Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India as well as many representatives from the universities and government of Sri-Lanka witnessed the brand new academic and diplomatic relationship between the two countries.
Taiwan and Sri Lanka are island countries, having similar geographical features; one is located in the subtropical west Pacific and the other is by the tropical Indian Ocean. They both face the common challenges of global warming, ocean acidification, and environmental changes. Both countries also have abundant marine and plant bio-resources. Through the joint center, they will administer research on the comparison of the differentiation of marine ecosystems, plant ecology, and bio-resources. The researchers that the outcome will be a better understanding of global scenarios such as global warming and anthropogenic impacts in the regions of the subtropical and tropical belts.
The TS/ECSTIC focuses on research of four vital environmental issues: 1) Terrestrial ecology and conservation, 2) Nutrient and carbon dynamics in the coastal zone of Sri Lanka, 3) The effects of global warming on coral reefs, marine ecosystems, mangroves, and seagrass bed, and 4) Smart shrimp aquaculture using the latest developed technologies.
In order to further the research scope, the TS/ECSTIC extended their collaborations with University of Ruhuna by establishing a Taiwan and Sri Lanka Marine Research Station (TSMRS) at the campus of University of Ruhuna. The opening ceremony of the research station was held on December 4, 2019.